Carl F. Bucherer have released a new watch called the Manero Peripheral BigDate in two elegant colourways. This is the second time this year that the watchmaker has used peripheral technology in one of their timepieces following the Manero Minute Repeater Symphony. While the Symphony was a showcase of their peripheral mechanisms at the highest level of horology, the Manero Peripheral BigDate shows what they can do at a far more accessible level.
First of all, how exciting is ‘peripheral’ technology anyway? Carl F. Bucherer are determined to sing its praises through the roof but that’s to be expected as they’re pioneering it. Essentially, it’s a different way of mounting key elements of the calibre within the movement as a whole. Spreading out elements towards the periphery rather than stacking everything on a single axis, as was previously done. The result is thinner movements and the potential for more diverse layouts, such as the Symphony’s dial-side features.
Here, the calibre is the CFB A2011, an automatic movement equipped with a peripheral rotor and the titular peripheral BigDate and a power reserve of 55-hours. There are thinner calibres out there, such as the Bulgari Octo Finissimo, but the Manero’s 6.3mm height is still ultra slim. Plus, in the case of the Manero Peripheral BigDate chances are you won’t even notice the peripheral mechanisms unless you know your calibres really well.
That’s because the design doesn’t shout about its mechanics, it’s far too elegant for that. It has a 41.6mm case in stainless steel with a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. Underneath the crystal is a dial in either sky blue or grey with a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, days of the week at 9 and the titular BigDate at 10. On the blue version those functions are cream coloured and on the grey they are olive green. There’s also a power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock.
The asymmetry of it reminds me of watches like the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1, although they’re worlds apart in terms of price. And honestly that’s the crux of why the Manero Peripheral BigDate is actually a great watch. It takes innovative technology and high end design and makes them yours for only £6,700, rather than the £35,000 of the Lange 1 or the approximate £299,500 of the Symphony. Although keep in mind that’s also the price difference between a date function, a peripheral calendar and a minute repeater…
Price & Specs:
Model: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral BigDate
Reference: 00.10926.08.53.01 (stainless steel case, textile strap in beige, light blue dial)
00.10926.08.53.21 (stainless steel case and bracelet, light blue dial)
00.10926.08.93.01 (stainless steel case, textile strap in olive-green, dark grey dial)
00.10926.08.93.21 (stainless steel case and bracelet, dark grey dial)
Case/Dial: 41.6mm diameter x 12.21mm height, stainless steel case, light blue or dark grey dial
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre CFB A2011, automatic, 33 jewels
Power Reserve: 55h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, day, big date, power reserve indicator
Strap: Textile fabric or stainless steel bracelet
Price/availability: £6,700 (textile strap) and £6,950 (stainless steel bracelet)
More details at Carl F. Bucherer.