Peripheral rotors aren’t really too much of a thing, despite being patented (kind of) by Patek Philippe back in the 60s. In fact, they only really came into their own thanks to Carl F Bucherer in 2008. Granted they’ve been making their way into the mainstream a little more, but the maker of the Manero still has the heritage in periphery watchmaking – something they’ve doubled down on in the Manero Double Peripheral Tourbillon.
Originally built back in 2018 as a limited edition, Carl F. Bucherer has now introduced three new unlimited-run versions of the watch, available in yellow, white and rose gold, with silver, slate and brown dials respectively.
It’s a stunning trio of timepieces and a nice mix-up from the original rose gold and silver limited edition. Otherwise it’s the same watch, no matter which colourway you opt for (it’s the rose gold for me), equipped with the T3000 calibre automatic movement.
The ‘double’ in the name refers to not just the peripheral winding system but the tourbillon at 12 o’clock. Rather than the usual cage with a pinion at the centre, there’s an almost-invisible peripheral gear system. The result is a mechanism just shy of a mystery tourbillon.
It’s about time this watch went into fully-fledged production and the Manero’s modern 43.1mm case makes a nice counterpoint to Carl F. Bucherer’s stunning heritage pieces. They also hammer home who exactly is master of peripheral mechanisms. It’s a niche mastery but hey, it’s still impressive.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral
Ref: 00.10920.01.13.01 (yellow gold)
00.10920.02.33.01 (white gold)
00.10920.03.93.01 (rose gold)
Case/Dial: 43.1mm diameter x 11.57mm height, 18k rose, yellow or white gold case, silver-colored, dark-gray or brown dial
Water Resistance: 30 metres (3 bar)
Movement: Caliber CFB T3000, chronometer (COSC-certified), automatic
Power Reserve: 65h
Functions: Tourbillon, stop-seconds function, hour, minute, small seconds
Strap: Brown or black Louisiana alligator leather, 18k yellow, white, or rose gold folding pin buckle
More details at Carl F. Buchcher’s website.