A leading global retailer, Bucherer continually crafts engaging retail experiences for luxury consumers. The esteemed tastemaker has just introduced Masterworks, a curated collection spanning both the digital and physical world, which showcases exquisite examples of haute horlogerie from both niche and established brands.
Masterworks comprises unique multisensory showcases within selected flagship Bucherer boutiques, along with a sophisticated and welcoming online platform that invites guests to dive into the world of fine watchmaking. There are currently six permanent Masterworks showcases within selected Bucherer stores. Bucherer will increase this number in the coming months and years, because it recognizes the huge demand for immersive luxury experiences. A selection of Masterworks timepieces will also travel from store to store to make the concept widely available to the growing audience of watch enthusiasts and will also expand across the globe.
On these showcases and on the refurbished Bucherer website, collectors can experience a curated array of compelling timepieces that demonstrate top-tier craftsmanship and complicated watchmaking. The curated Masterworks showcases have been set up in Bucherer boutiques in Berlin, London, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich, and coming soon to Bucherer boutiques in Las Vegas by May 27th 2023, followed by New York City, and other European capitals too.
We examine few of the curated Masterworks from both niche and established brands with exceptional watchmaking skills on display – complications like Tourbillon and Perpetual Calendars, to craftmanship of skeletonization, and Avant Garde independent niche watchmaking.
H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon
Rare and ravishing timepieces showcased on the Masterworks showcases include the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon, a highly sought-after contemporary timepiece that demonstrates the unrivaled hand finishing and complicated watchmaking capabilities of H. Moser & Cie. A brand known to wow watch connoisseurs with its elegant design language, H. Moser & Cie. applies a 60-second flying tourbillon and identical double hairsprings to negate the effects of gravity on this watch’s chronometry.
Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin
Another flying tourbillon watch that the Bucherer Masterworks program shines the spotlight on is the Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin, which is Chopard’s first automatic flying tourbillon watch. Its Fairmined white gold case is paired with a blue colored solid gold dial, which has a honeycomb guilloche pattern that is engine-turned by hand. Both COSC-certified and bearing the Geneva Seal, this stop seconds tourbillon watch is truly exceptional — its patented stacked barrels enable this ultra-thin timepiece to pack 65 hours of power reserve.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
Besides monumental tourbillon watches, Masterworks also includes the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. At the mention of calendar watches, IWC is one of the first manufactures that come to collectors’ minds. IWC has produced many highly accurate perpetual calendars, such as Kurt Klaus’ perpetual calendar chronograph that ingeniously did away with corrective pushers and adjusters. This particular calendar watch brandishes a precision moonphase function too.
Breguet Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597
Here, the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar is paired with the Breguet Tradition Quantième Rétrograde 7597, another groundbreaking calendar watch that was made by the brand that invented the tourbillon. Its 40mm gold case is juxtaposed by fascinating openwork movement that lends admirers a glimpse at the caliber 505Q. The caliber 505Q, of course, comprises the Breguet silicon balance spring and a retrograde date function, just below a gold off-centered dial that has been engine-turned to achieve a “Clous de Paris” motif.
Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon
As you might know, the house of Piaget was engineering ultra-thin timepieces long before the advent of the ultra-thin wristwatches trend. The Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon is the embodiment of Piaget’s mastery of understated elegance and ultra-thin watchmaking. Driven by the manufacture Piaget 670P caliber that has a 48-hour power reserve, the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon has been interpreted in many versions for men and women, which showcase the many decorative capabilities that Piaget possesses in-house.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar
In the realm of high watchmaking, Jaeger-LeCoultre has made some of the most complex Grand Complications ever. When creating the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar, La Grande Maison distinguished this complication by adding a distinctive four-digit year display between the seven and eight o’clock positions. Furthermore, this 39mm perpetual calendar watch is just 9.2mm thick, and its dial, case and indexes showcase Jaeger-LeCoultre’s finesse with high-end finishing and attentiveness to fine details.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral
The attention of its admirer is usually first drawn to the stop seconds tourbillon that rises above the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral’s sleek dial. Why “Double Peripheral”? This name refers to the peripherally mounted tourbillon within a tourbillon cage that is supported by three ceramic ball bearings, which makes the tourbillon look like it is levitating. The other peripheral system in this watch is its peripheral rotor. Complemented by classic Manero-style pointers and indexes, the 43.1mm Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral has been interpreted in various case, dial and strap options, and even with a gem-set bezel.
Among Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei’s many sci-fi-inspired and out-of-this-world timepieces, the Urwerk UR-210 is one of their most striking and desirous creations. A retrograde hand indicates the minutes, while a tripartite satellite carries three cubes that each rotate on their own axes to indicate the hours. As if this wasn’t cool enough, the various surfaces of this futuristic watch have been circular grained, sandblasted, and circular and straight satin-finished. The satellite has been diamond polished and the grade 5 titanium screw heads have been beveled and polished. Furthermore, its automatic movement UR-7.10 has a winding rotor coupled with turbines to adjust the winding efficiency.
Ressence Type 1
When Antwerp-based designer Benoît Mintiens revealed the Ressence Type 1 at BaselWorld 2014, it was an absolute showstopper. This watch, which would become the torchbearer of the Ressence brand, has no crown and tells the time using convex disks instead of hands. Its Ressence Orbital Convex System is a planetary gear system and orbital time display, which comprises three eccentric bi-axial satellites that indicate the hours, seconds and weekdays, within a central disk that indicates the minutes. Ressence’s starting point is the deconstruction of the traditional watch in order to express Time in the purest possible way.
Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron V2 Tourbillon
Conceived from a multi-timepiece partnership between world-renowned jeweler and watchmaker Jacob & Co. and supercar maker Bugatti, the Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron V2 Tourbillon is meant to evoke the power and complexity of the Bugatti 16-cylinder engine. One of the fastest commercial cars ever produced, the Bugatti Chiron relies on this rapid combustion engine to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in about 2.4 seconds. Peering out through its openworking is the manufacture Jacob & Co. manual winding JCAM37, which has a 30-degree inclined tourbillon and is suspended in four places to protect it from shock. The Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron V2 Tourbillon has three crowns, which from left to right are for setting, winding and animating the crankshaft, turbochargers and pistons of this engine-like movement, respectively. This off-kilter timepiece also has two dashboard-like power reserve displays that indicate the energy remaining for timekeeping and engine animation.
Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges Earth to Sky Edition
The Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges Earth to Sky Edition is a contemporary take on the iconic Three Bridges watches that Girard-Perregaux has produced. Since the first Three Bridges timepiece was presented by Constant Girard at the 1867 Paris Universal Exhibition, this distinctive design has embellished an array of Girard-Perregaux watches. The lightweight Girard-Perregaux Neo-Bridges Earth to Sky Edition beautifully combines black DLC, blue PVD and hand finished surfaces. Its openworked dial reveals the 3Hz caliber GP08400-0002 that packs minimum 48 hours of power reserve.
To complement this impressive collection, Bucherer has commissioned Jon Emmony to create a digital art piece inspired by the Masterworks timepieces. Emmony is an award-winning digital artist and director who wows his audiences with cool 3D-scanned compositions and digital sculptures. This special artwork will not only be a standalone piece but will also comprise smaller components that can be broken apart.
Bucherer is a trusted retailer and market leader. With the addition of Masterworks showcase, it is become an educational platform where collectors enjoy, exchange and discover the finer details of the timepieces together. Click here to discover the Masterworks collection of Bucherer.