Name a Manta Ray —
— 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.