Lucerne-based, family-owned Carl F. Bucherer achieved new heights in horological complexity when they launched the Manero Minute Repeater Symphony earlier this year, which had three peripheral rotors. The latest from the watchmaker is a new timepiece from the Swiss manufacturer: The new Manero Peripheral BigDate.
A brand whose name is synonymous with the ingenious peripheral winding mechanism (even though they didn't invent it), introduced it to the masses in 2009 in the CFB A1000 calibre. The peripheral technology is part of two new Manero watches sporting big date, small seconds, day of the week, and power reserve indicator set against light blue or grey dials.
The beauty of the peripheral movement lies in the fact that the oscilating weight is set around the movement, as opposed to on top or within it, due to which there is an unobstructed view of the movement. Maximising space, it also allows for the movement to be made thinner. Typically, the peripheral rotor is set on ceramic ball bearings and is bidirectional.
The New Launches
Two new models, with two iterations each, have stainless steel case, and measure 41.6mm in diameter and 12.21mm in thickness. They feature sapphire crystal with both sides treated with anti-reflective coating. The dial’s diamond-shaped, faceted indices, including a double-index at 12 o’clock, are applied and rhodium-coated. Another sapphire pane appears in the back of the case, showing off the new Caliber CFB A2011, whose primary talking point is the peripheral rotor, alongside the signature date, feature lends this model its name, giving it a 55-hour power reserve. Beating at 28,800vph/4Hz, the movement is certified as a COSC chronometer. The highly decorated movement - with sharp angles and Geneva stripes - holds 33 jewels and beats inside a case that resists water pressure to 30 metres.
The Manero Peripheral BigDate Ref No 00.10926.08.53.01 has also been unveiled in two distinct variants. One with light blue dial, beige strap, with a contrasting small-seconds subdial and power reserve indication in beige, followed by a big date and day-of-the-week aperture in the same colour. The other has been crafted with a dark gray dial with a contrasting olive-green strap with small-seconds subdial and power reserve indication in the same colour. Each dial option is presented on either a textile strap matching the subdial or a stainless steel bracelet with pin lock folding clasp.