In the world of luxury watch retailers, Bucherer holds a rather special place. Not only has it been announced that Rolex has acquired the well-established watch retailer (the biggest in the world), but it also has a long history of collaborative watches. Always revolving around some kind of blue, these Bucherer limited editions can range from relatively affordable to astronomically expensive. As they share a common theme, though, the result is, more often than not, rather striking. The latest special edition pieces to be released see Bucherer return to the creativity of H. Moser & Cie for a trilogy of watches based on the Pioneer and Endeavour Concept watches.
Pioneer Tourbillon Concept Aventurine
The first of the three is perhaps the most sporty of the bunch, although I wouldn’t go on a wild adventure with it. The Pioneer Tourbillon Concept Aventurine is based on a watch we’ve seen earlier this year. The rose gold and black DLC-finished titanium case holds a midnight-blue aventurine dial with zero markings on it. The only ‘break’ is the opening for the flying tourbillon at the bottom of the dial. The leaf-shaped hands traverse the dial to show hours and minutes only. The black rubber strap adds a modern touch. This one is limited to 18 pieces at a price of EUR 75,000 each.
Quick Facts – 42.8mm diameter – rose gold & black DLC titanium case – sapphire crystal front & back – 120m water-resistant – screw-down crown – aventurine dial – opening for one-minute flying tourbillon – gold leaf-shaped hands – calibre HMC 804, in-house automatic – 21,600vph – double hairspring – 3-day power reserve – perforated black rubber strap – 18 pieces only – EUR 75,000
Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Aventurine
Next up is a similar execution, but this time based on the Endeavour instead. It again comes with an aventurine base dial, a hole for the tourbillon and leaf-shaped hands, yet it also shows Moser’s minute repeater mechanism proudly on the front side of the watch. The slider on the left side of the 40mm case activates the hammers, which will strike the time on the two gongs that spiral the outer perimeter of the dial. Only 2 pieces will be made, both presented on a midnight blue alligator leather strap. Naturally, this is quite a bit more expensive, at EUR 381,000 incl. VAT.
Quick Facts – 40mm x 13.5mm – 18k 5N red gold case, crown & slider – sapphire crystal front & back – aventurine base dial – opening for one-minute flying tourbillon – dial-side mounted hammer & gong mechanism – gold leaf-shaped hands – calibre HMC 904, manually wound in-house movement – 21,600vph – 90h power reserve – hours, minutes, flying tourbillon, minute repeater – blue alligator leather strap – 2 pieces only – EUR 381,000
Endeavour Concept Minuter Repeater Tourbillon Aventurine & Diamonds
Last but certainly not least is a unique spin on the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon. As you’ve guessed by now, this too has an aventurine base dial but swaps out the rose gold case for white gold. To add even more sparkle, the bezel and crown are set with 85 baguette-cut diamonds. It measures 43mm across, so it’s bigger than its rose gold counterpart. Technically it’s the same though, as you still get the hyper-technical combination of a tourbillon and a minute repeater. As said, only one will be made, and it again comes on a blue alligator leather strap. The price? An eye-watering EUR 448,000.
Quick Facts – 43mm x 14.2mm – 18k white gold case, crown & slider – 85 baguette-cut diamonds – sapphire crystal front & back – aventurine base dial – opening for one-minute flying tourbillon – dial-side mounted hammer & gong mechanism – white gold leaf-shaped hands – calibre HMC 904, manually wound in-house movement – 21,600vph – 90h power reserve – hours, minutes, flying tourbillon, minute repeater – blue alligator leather strap – unique piece – EUR 448,000