Name a Manta Ray —

WatchTime - - WATCHTALK -

— Carl F. Bucherer has launched a new, lim­ited-edi­tion model of its Pa­travi Scu­batec divers’ watch in sup­port of the U.k.-based Manta Trust, a char­ity com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing and en­sur­ing the sur­vival of en­dan­gered manta rays. e Carl F. Bucherer Pa­travi Scu­batec Manta Trust is lim­ited to just 188 pieces; each watch comes with its own in­di­vid­u­ally en­graved case­back, match­ing the unique pat­tern of a spe­cific manta ray, and an en­graved, in­di­vid­ual iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber: “To­day if you buy one of the lim­ited Manta Trust edi­tions, you can name the manta which has been en­graved on the back of the watch. ere is a ded­i­cated web­site which shows all the glob­ally named man­tas con­sol­i­dated on a world map.”

When we asked Carl F. Bucherer about the project, Watchtime found out that two manta rays al­ready had a rather fit­ting name. “We came up with the idea to name two man­tas af­ter the founder of our brand, Carl Friedrich Bucherer. Guy Stevens, the CEO of Manta Trust, and his team agreed im­me­di­ately and ever since, there are two man­tas named Carl and Friedrich. Tag­ging the man­tas of­fered Manta Trust the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the man­tas’ lives out in the sea in gen­eral, but more im­por­tantly, to learn about their eat­ing be­hav­iors and food habits. en Guy told us that he would like to un­der­take a spe­cial ex­pe­di­tion, for which he was seek­ing fund­ing. So we de­cided to cre­ate a lim­ited-edi­tion time­piece with a spe­cial de­sign hon­or­ing not only our part­ner­ship, but also con­tribut­ing to this spe­cial ex­pe­di­tion.” And about the 188 in­di­vid­u­ally en­graved case­backs: “e en­tire process of en­grav­ing the case­backs be­came very com­plex and time con­sum­ing, since ev­ery sin­gle watch has its own unique en­grav­ing. Each en­graved de­sign is based on a pho­to­graph of a spe­cific manta taken by the Manta Trust team. It’s some­thing which is new and has never been done be­fore. We are very happy with the re­sult. We de­cided to not com­mu­ni­cate about de­tailed fig­ures, how­ever, thanks to the sales of the watches a two-weeks’ ex­pe­di­tion for the Manta Trust sci­en­tific team has been made pos­si­ble!”

e 44.6-mm watch is wa­ter re­sis­tant to 500 me­ters and houses a CFB 1950.1, which has been cer­ti­fied by COSC. e Pa­travi Scu­batec Manta Trust is priced at $6,400.

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