This was one of the high-end novelties on show at Baselworld this year. The new Manero Tourbillon DoublePeripheral houses the CFB T3000, a movement developed specifically for the watch in-house by Carl F. Bucherer.
It’s said to be a world first which combines a peripheral automatic winding system and a peripherally mounted tourbillon that appears to float.
The Lucerne-based watch manufacturer is the pioneer of the peripheral automatic winding system that also provides the technological basis for the floating tourbillon.
Further highlights are the stop-seconds function of the tourbillon and the fact that the movement is a COSC-certified chronometer.
The CFB T3000 manufacture caliber draws power from its automatic winding system containing a peripheral rotor making the tourbillon feature very distinct. The watch’s precise function is ensured by a tourbillon, which is mounted peripherally and thus appears to float inside the watch. Both of these technical features are specialties of the family-owned watchmaker and give
More than 200 years ago, the development of the tourbillon provided an ingenious solution for a technical problem that had previously impacted the accuracy of a watch. Pocket watches of this era were usually nestled in the waistcoat pockets of their owners, which caused them to always be carried upright. The Vertically rotating balance wheel was thus constantly exposed to the Earth’s gravitational pull, and even a minimal imbalance could sometimes lead to considerable inaccuracies in the pocket watch’s timekeeping.
This positional error could only be compensated for if the entire oscillation system permanently and uniformly rotated around its own axis, changing the gravitational pull. It was therefore housed in a rotating cage and referred to as a tourbillon – a French word that translates as “whirlwind.” This delicate regulator continues to fascinate to this day with its micromechanical complexity and constructive brilliance.
The tourbillon is deemed to be one of the most elaborate and prestigious complications offered in a watch, only a few manufacturers have mastered its construction.
The newly designed CFB T3000 caliber provides an unhindered view of the regulator both from above and below, making the tourbillon appear to float within the movement. The tourbillon cage is actually supported peripherally by three ceramic ball bearings, which ensure a stable connection, precise guidance, and smooth running, while at the same time remaining invisible to observers.
Carl F. Bucherer also uses state-of-the-art technology for the escapement, which has a pallet and escape wheel made from silicon. Due to its low friction, this system can run without lubrication, which increases the power reserve to at least 65 hours, and cannot be negatively impacted by magnetic fields. This modern construction allows for a high level of accuracy and meets the requirements of the chronometer norm.
With a diameter of 43 millimeters, the case, made from 18-karat rose gold, provides an elegant setting for this new manufacture movement. Its classic round shape with a slight protuberance at the crown is a traditional and established feature of the Manero family.
The convex silver-colored dial features appliquéd gold-plated wedge-shaped indices and faceted gold-plated lancet-shaped hands. The watch comes on a hand-stitched brown alligator-leather strap.
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