There’s something about a hometown-a place where we feel at home and form values. No matter where we go, it is what defines us and holds a special place in our hearts. Wouldn’t it be lovely to wear a timepiece on your wrist that pays homage to your hometown? Heritage Bicompax Annual Hometown Edition by Carl F Bucherer is a one-of-a-kind tribute to 16 of the brand’s adopted hometowns throughout nine nations.
Rooted in the heart of Switzerland… but at Home Everywhere in the World.
Carl F. Bucherer is a staunchly a Swiss company, so it’s no surprise that eight of the timepieces in the collection are named after cities in Switzerland: Lucerne, their hometown of course, is one of them, as are Basel, Bern, Geneva, St. Gallen, Zermatt, and Zurich. Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Editions dedicated to Vienna and Paris, respectively, reflect two of Switzerland’s bordering countries, Austria and France. In addition to this, models honouring two German cities, Berlin and Munich, have been introduced as well. But here’s the interesting part! Five more global capitals are included in the package: Beijing, London, New York, Tokyo and your truly, MUMBAI!.
Hometown Edition, Lucerne
Carl F. Bucherer’s CEO, Sascha Moeri, says that the Hometown Edition watches express
an emotional message that is closely linked to the brand.
Iconic Landmarks Engraved on the Case Back
The captivating 3-D-look engraving on the case back’s sapphire crystal, which is devoted to each watch’s distinct hometown, is what makes each watch so unique. The Lucerne Edition, for example, includes the city’s iconic Chapel Bridge, while the Tokyo Edition includes the city’s cityscape and Mount Fuji in the background. The Tiananmen Square landmark is inscribed on the case back of the Heritage BiCompax Annual Beijing. A one-of-a-kind case-back crystal with a similarly famous and unmistakable monument to its respective city distinguishes each edition.
The Hometown Edition timepieces come in a variety of hues. “We wanted something more special than a traditional watch launch. We talked to the boutique teams in each of our ‘hometowns’ about their particular clients’ tastes, which allowed us to select colours that would appeal to the demands and needs of the customers in each city”, explains CEO Sascha Moeri.
One Timepiece – Five Striking Designs
Gradient dials are used on the watches, which means that the centre of the dial is silver and progressively transitions to darker tones of the appropriate colour as you move away from the centre. They’ve been made in five distinct colours with sunray brushed surfaces.
These dials, which come in a variety of colours including yellow, brown, burgundy, green, and mint, are works of art in their own right. Along with the black Super-LumiNova-filled rhodium-plated central hour and minute hands, there’s a central chronograph seconds hand, a tachymeter scale, and a large date aperture at 12 o’clock, as well as the annual calendar’s month indicator between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
The black tiny seconds and chronograph subdials stand out against the white dial. The timepieces are featured on a two-tone perforated calfskin leather strap with dial-matching stitching.
Hometown Edition, TokyoThe Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition case backs carry the name of the city and the tagline “1 out of 88,” in addition to the characteristic engraved silhouette of each hometown’s defining landmark. The Beijing watches will be limited to 188 pieces and will be individually numbered.
A One-of-a-Kind Tribute to Some Incredible Cities
The people who reside in each of these great locales, or who have adopted one of them as their own hometown, will connect with the Hometown Edition clocks. These spectacular limited-edition timepieces pay a one-of-a-kind tribute to some of the world’s most beautiful cities, and users will treasure the opportunity to express their sense of identity with a location that means a lot to them.
A Modern Classic in Limited Editions
Each of the Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition watches is a reimagining of Carl F. Bucherer’s popular Heritage BiCompax Annual watch, which debuted in 2018. One of the brand’s archival pieces from the 1950s served as inspiration for the design. It was a superb reflection of the brand’s heritage, combining classic flare with current characteristics. It drew a lot of attention because of its symmetrically oriented chronograph counters on the dial’s horizontal central axis and a tachymeter scale framing the dial.
It’s now one of Carl F. Bucherer’s most valued watches. The Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition timepieces are expected to boost its popularity.
Price: CHF 6900/ USD 7200/ INR 60400.