Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral BigDate

Carl F. Bucherer | Discovering the Peripheral Technology

Did you know that Carl F. Bucherer is one of Switzerland’s leading watch manufacturers? The brand is developing outstanding mechanical movements and watches in its own manufacture in Lengnau, Switzerland. Every timepiece that leaves the Carl F. Bucherer workshop is a miniature work of art. Let us show you why!

Inside the Carl F. Bucherer Manufacture

The history and development of the Lucerne-based watch brand is closely linked to the person of Carl Friedrich Bucherer. He was a visionary who created timepieces that moved with the times. Quite literally. He always aimed to combine extravagance and aesthetic appeal in extraordinary ways. In 1888, Carl Friedrich Bucherer opened a jewelry and watch shop in Lucerne. Thereafter, his name rapidly became a synonym for quality and originality. His two sons followed in his footsteps: one became a watchmaker while the other trained as a goldsmith. Today, the combination of these two skills is still reflected in the Carl F. Bucherer timepieces.

Carl F. Bucherer’s recent history is shaped by the launch of the in-house manufactured CFB A1000 movement in 2008. It is equipped with a unique peripheral rotor. Soon after the launch of this revolutionary movement, the brand became a member of the illustrious Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

The groundbreaking movement and its predecessors are the center of attention at the Carl F. Bucherer manufacture in Lengnau, a small watchmaking town situated between Geneva and Zurich. Here, the 4 in-house movements are manufactured by skilled artisans.

The Peripheral Technology by Carl F. Bucherer

Movements using the peripheral technology feature a special winding mass. It’s a peripherally-mounted annular segment, swinging bidirectionally around the movement. It replaces the centrally-mounted oscillating weight, which usually rotates over the movement. While the technology allows for thinner watches, it also offers an unobstructed view of the beautifully finished movement. This is very attractive to watch enthusiasts and aficionados like us.

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While at the manufacture, we get to see how the Manero Peripheral BigDate is assembled. A very delicate task that involves many different parts and requires a steady hand.

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral BigDate

The Manero Peripheral BigDate is an outstanding timepiece that perfectly blends design, material, and technology. Its 42mm stainless steel case houses the automatic CFB A2011 movement. It offers a power reserve of 55 hours and is water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m). At CHF 8’300, you get a whole lot of engineering, craftsmanship, and design for your money.

The Manero Peripheral BigDate has been interpreted in two distinct versions. One has a light blue dial with a contrasting small-seconds subdial in beige, followed by a big date and day-of-the-week aperture in the same color.

The other has been crafted with a dark gray dial with a contrasting olive-green small-seconds subdial and power reserve indication, followed by a big date and day-of-the-week aperture in the same color. Each dial option is presented on either a textile strap matching the subdial or on a robust stainless steel bracelet. Which one do you prefer?

To learn more about Carl F. Bucherer, read this article about their stunning Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Editions.

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