Bucherer and the fascination of polo
Back in the saddle for the German Polo Tour 2012By Johanna Helmberger
Bucherer is a name with many facets. This family business is long on tradition; it has been a big league player in Europe’s jewellery and watchmaking industry for years. Carl Friedrich Bucherer, a merchant, and his wife Luise laid the cornerstone of their business with a watch and jewellery shop that was opened in Lucerne back in 1888.
Bucherer has been active on the polo scene for some four years now. The company’s dedication to this sport is no coincidence because the Bucherer brand and polo are linked by such basic tenets as tradition, style and enthusiasm. As the exclusive sponsor of the German Polo Tour with their own team captained by Christopher Kirsch, one of Germany’s best polo players, Bucherer succeeds in giving this sport added tailwind here in Germany. Bucherer will accompany the entire tour with world class players. Each team’s top three scores over six tournaments played will be counted in the ranking – a system that guarantees pure excitement for the spectators, whose numbers keep growing. Polo is a fast-paced sport that arouses emotions – just like a precious jewel or a sparkling diamond from the Bucherer jewellery designers and goldsmiths.
The quintessence of polo is a perfectly balanced unity between the player and his mount. Precision and dependability are key. These are also attributes that form the basis of Carl F. Bucherer’s modern chronometers. Wrought with passion and a love for classic craftsmanship, fabulous treasures emerge, hallmarked by exemplary functionality. It is no coincidence that Bucherer has chosen to mark this polo season with a newly-designed watch.
The Patravi ChronoDate Polo Edition is dedicated to this high-intensity cult sport. This watch’s display features four sections of 7-and-a-half minutes each, or the duration of a chukker, at the 9 o’clock position. The game’s remaining playing time can easily be ascertained at a glance. An attractive black calfskin band, a robust stainless steel casing, anti-reflective sapphire crystals and athletic appeal are features of the the Patravi ChronoDate Polo Limited Edition. The wristwatch, of which only 100 have been produced, is just as stylish as it is robust. One of them is used by a person who can testify to its quality, namely the captain of Bucherer’s polo team. A quick glance at his watch will enable Kirsch to see how much playing time remains, so that he can signal to his team as appropriate.
This masterpiece of watchmaking will accompany Christopher Kirsch in all the tournaments of the German Polo Tour. See this fascinating spectator sport at such wonderful venues as Aspern Manor near Hamburg, or Berlin’s Hoppegarten.
11 – 13 May 2012: Bucherer Polo Cup, Holzkirchen/Thann (near Munich)
8 – 10 June 2012: Bucherer High Goal Cup, Gut Aspern (near Hamburg)
21 – 23 Sept. 2012: Bucherer Polo Cup, Berlin (Hoppegarten)