The rose gold fake Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate self-winding timekeeper looks like one of the most serious competitors to the legendary Patek Philippe Calatrava series of mechanical dress watches. Even a couple of years ago, the bulk of watchmaking brands seemed to be too busy churning out huge, massive-looking watches at least 45 mm wide and no less than 15 mm high. They called them “sporty,” or “charismatic,” or even “stately,” while in fact, like a great share of Earth’s population, those monsters were simply overweight.
If you read this blog regularly, you possibly have heard me whining from time to time about how difficult it was to find a decent-looking timekeeper that wouldn’t look like a hamburger on a normal wrist (i.e., smaller than 42 mm in diameter and preferably thinner than 10 millimeters in height.)
Also, being powered by standard movements with casing diameter often less than 20 millimeters, these monsters sometimes look simply ridiculous with their disproportionately tiny oscillating weights and their small calendar windows placed almost in the center of a huge dial.
Take for example the Swiss watchmaker Carl F. Bucherer.
Well, it looks like the fat-burning mania finally stroke the watchmaking world, too, since there seems to emerge a new trend: watchmakers all over the civilized world keep introducing new families of modestly-sized, sub-40 millimeters dressy timekeepers.
And it looks like this kind of design constantly gets more and more popular among the watch buying crowd.
It looks like small is the new big.
Their Manero family of dressy timekeepers was recently refreshed with the gorgeous Carl F. Bucherer Manero Big Date Power in rose gold (Ref. 00.10905.03.13.01) and fairly recently it was updated once again with a simple, yet elegant Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate, which is, too, available either in 18-carat rose gold (both on a high-quality leather strap on a pin buckle and on a comfortable-looking metal bracelet) or in stainless steel.
Like the other members of the family, the Manero AutoDate sports simple, easy to read design approach that was immortalized by Patek Philippe’s legendary Calatrava series.
Equipped with an ETA-based CFB caliber 1965 automatic movement, the elegant replica Carl F. Bucherer watch sports a standard three-hand dial layout with a small date aperture neatly placed at 3 o’clock.
Its dauphine hour and minute hands are nicely balanced by arrowhead-shaped hour markers and the silver sandblasted dial serves as a perfect background for the rose gold elements.
Photos: Carl F. Bucherer
Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate in Rose Gold automatic wrist watch specification
Movement: Automatic, CFB Caliber 1965, based on an ETA ebauche, 28,800 vph, 25 jewels, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Rose gold (also available in stainless steel)
Bezel material: Rose gold
Crown material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 38.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: 8.75 mm
Hour markers: Rose gold, arrowhead-shaped
Hands: Dauphine, rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Natural brown Alligator leather strap with 18-carat rose gold pin buckle or a rose gold bracelet
Case back: Sapphire
See also: Zenith Vintage 55 limited edition in rose gold
As I have already noted, the watch is presented in a very compact, classic-looking round body that will possibly feel comfortably on any normal wrist. And, being less than 9 millimeters thick, the Carl F. Bucherer automatic copy watch won’t force you to order a new set of shirts with uncomfortably wide cuffs.