BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Carl F. Bucherer is a brand whose name is tied with the innovative peripheral winding mechanism. Although they didn’t exactly invent that mechanism, but they certainly revolutionized it. In fact, there was a patent applied in June 1955 by Paul Gosteli of Geneva which described the winding mechanism as “characterized by an annular segment located around the movement cage”. It’s not until 2009 when Carl F. Bucherer introduced the system to the masses that peripheral winding received widespread acclaim.
The Manero line in Carl F. Bucherer’s catalogue has no shortage of timepieces with a peripheral winding mechanism. The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral BigDate is a new addition to that lineup. Manero BigDate comes in two color variations of the dial and the registers, one has a light blue dial with a small seconds indicator in beige located at 6 o’clock position, a day-of-the-week aperture located at 9 o’clock position and the big date window at 10 o’clock.
The other one is in a dark gray dial and has the same positions of the small seconds, day-of-the-week and big date as its blue dial sibling, but here in the dark gray version the subdials have an olive-green color. In both models, a power reserve indicator can also be found at 3 o’clock position, sharing the same color as the dial. The dial, in both the models is a circular brushed dial, showcasing 12 rhodium-plated and applied indices (double index at 12 o’clock) and in elegant dauphine-style hands.
The case has comfortable dimensions of 41.6mm x 12.21mm in stainless steel, which is polished and brushed for a glossy look that always complements the metals very well. Having water-resistance of 3 bar (30 m), the dial and the caseback are protected by sapphire crystal on both sides which has an anti-reflective coating to boot. Each dial option is presented on either a textile strap matching the subdial or a stainless steel bracelet with pin lock folding clasp.
The movement which is chronometer-certified by COSC, is Carl F. Bucherer’s in-house mechanical movement caliber CFB A2011 with a power reserve of 55 hours; an automatic movement with a peripheral rotor which we mentioned in the introduction.
Both the models are available at EUR 8,100 on textile strap and EUR 8,550 on stainless steel bracelet.
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