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Carl F. Bucherer distills essence of family-owned 1949 Lincoln town car into a limited edition chronograph

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Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Lucerne Leather. (Carl F. Bucherer)

It has been a big month for Bucherer in the United States with the reopening of Tourneau Time Machine in Manhattan under the name of Bucherer for the first time and the introduction of Bucherer BLUE special edition watches.

Now the company’s own watch brand, Carl F. Bucherer, is showing it feels just at home in the USA by releasing a timepiece inspired by a classic 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Town Sedan.

Although as American as apple pie, the car has lived a long life in Switzerland where it is owned by Bucherer Group’s chairman and owner, Jörg G. Bucherer.

It had originally been bought by his father Carl Eduard Bucherer, who was son of Carl Friedrich Bucherer, the man with his name on the dial of every Carl F. Bucherer timepiece.

Carl F. Bucherer 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan. (Carl F. Bucherer)

The car was sold in 1952 and changed hands several times over the years, but Jörg G. Bucherer bought it back in 2013 and had it restored to its original glory.

Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Lucerne

The Heritage BiCompax Annual Lucerne, produced in a limited edition of 188 pieces, honors both the family’s classic Lincoln and its home town of Lucerne.

You have to see the car to make the connection to the watch, which is a 41 mm stainless steel chronograph with two sub dials and a tachymeter all in the same blue as the family Lincoln.

Mr Jörg G. Bucherer’s Lincoln Cosmopolitan. (Carl F. Bucherer)

It comes on a steel mesh bracelet that can be swapped for a calfskin leather strap.

Its silver colour dial also displays the month and has a big date at 12 o’clock.

Inside, an automatic CFB Caliber 1972 (an ETA base movement with a module from Dubois-Depraz) powers hours, minutes, chronograph and an annual calendar.

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