To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the brand, Carl F. Bucherer is launching the most challenging timepiece yet – Manero Tourbillon. The first watch with a tourbillon complication by the watchmaker is equipped with a manufacture Calibre CFB T1001 movement and will be issued in a limited edition which consists of 188 copies. Modestly sized and fitted into a red gold housing, the anniversary watch features an extended power storage and the price of just under $100,000.
In 1888, Carl Friedrich Bucherer opened a specialist watch and jewelry boutique on Lucerne’s Falkenplatz and established the brand which is still held in the highest regard. To celebrate a century and a quarter since the establishment, the Swiss watchmaker is launching its first tourbillon piece. The anniversary piece originates from the Manero line of products and its highlight is without any doubt its tourbillon whose carriage can be observed at the six o’clock position at the watch’s silver dial with red gold accents. Other supported features of the hand-wound caliber the watch utilizes are a date indication, a power reserve and a 24-hour indication of time. The date display consists of a central hand and a scale on the rim of the dial. In order to enable an improved readability for this feature, the numerals on the date scale shift their orientation twice: at the three and the nine o’clock position. This was done so no numerals should be standing upside-down. Moreover, there are two more sub-dials for two other complications, a 24-hour format time at the top of the watch’s face, as well as a power reserve indication on the left section of the dial. The supported power reserve that CFB T1001 caliber provides is quite respectable and measures to 70 hours. Though contributing to the complexity of the watch, it seems that these indications make the dial look a bit overcrowded.
Speaking about the appearance of the anniversary timekeeper, we should note that it features some of the recognizable traits of its Manero lineage, such as the particular style of the wedge-shaped hour markers, as well as tapered hands. The same goes for its red gold round casing with the modest diameter of 41.8 mm which is achieved despite the watch’s complexity. As it is customary for the timekeepers of this class, the crystal used to protect the dial is sapphire with a glare-proof coating. The same material is used on the watch’s transparent case-back. As for the attachment of Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition timekeeper, Carl F. Bucherer used a brown hand-stitched Louisiana alligator leather strap which fastens with a red gold folding clasp. The celebratory and so far the most complex timekeeper by the manufacturer will be issued in a restricted edition of 188 pieces which feature the price tag very close to six figures – $98,800.