Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Carl F. Bucherer may choose 2013 and 2014 as the right moment in the brand's existence to share their long history. Coinciding with this desire to open up about their past, they have just released their first tourbillon with the limited edition Manero Tourbillon watch. Why did they wait until now to discuss the brand's origins? Well, it really has to do with the brand wanting to distinguish itself from its "parent." What we have here is the story of a teenager growing up. The Carl F. Bucherer watch brand stems from the Bucherer family that owns the important watch retailer - which did have a lot of watches in the past. Their vintage collection is quite impressive.

You see, when Carl F. Bucherer began, it wanted to be a modern Swiss watch brand from a design perspective. Most of the early models as well as the design of their in-house made CFB A1000 movement is very edgy and modern. The A1000's bridges and plate are more inspired by technology than traditional timepieces. They didn't want to mention their ties to the retailer Bucherer for a range of logical reasons. For a period of time the name of the brand was probably just going to be "Bucherer." Anyhow, they aren't going to abandon their more modern collections, but a few years ago they decided to "go classic" based on market pressures.

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Not all of the classic looking Carl F. Bucherer timepieces are unique enough from the competition in our opinion. Then again, producing a classic watch in many instances is about looking exactly like the well-performing competition. Having said that, Carl F. Bucherer has some standout models and a design philosophy that we can wholeheartedly get behind. They are among the few brands that really want to produce useful watches that put utility in a more important place than mere looks. Their watches also follow a lot of the important watch design legibility rules that are often loosely followed or ignored by others.

A good example are the hands on this new limited edition Manero Tourbillon. The hour and minute hands have a dilemma. They cannot at the same time, be sized in the proportional manner people are accustomed to, and also line up with the right indicators. So an effective compromise is made. Knowing that the minute hand is the most important, Carl F. Bucherer lines it up to touch the very end of the hour markers (just like it should). The hour hand does not touch the hour markers at their tip, but it is proportion to the minute hand. The other hands work pretty well too.

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  • MarkCarson

    Always liked their stuff. Legible and not just a ‘follower’ brand. I dig the peripheral rotor on their manufacture automatic and their Manero central minute hand chronos as  well as the modern plate layout Ariel mentioned.
    It would have been nice if the 24 hour dial on this watch was a 2nd time zone instead of just an AM/PM indicator. The power reserve indicator is overly large, but hey I’d gladly take this watch if it was given to me!

    • MarkCarson Mark, put in a good word for me when you’re getting yours 🙂

      • MarkCarson

        hobycook OK, I’ll ask for consecutive serial numbers in that case (since we are getting them for free – right – it can’t hurt to ask). Cheers

  • Ulysses31

    There’s a real sense of artistry and awareness of style in this watch.  All those little elegant touches add up to something special.  I’m not fond of the date implementation either, but other than that no complaints.  I don’t it’s the kind of watch that would grab the attention of those who love three feet wide, hundred pound gaudy monstrosities; rather it’s the kind of timepiece that, after one glance, draws you in to study it more carefully and appreciate the finery.

  • Kris C

    It’s nice. I don;t mind the radial date, I do find it to be more dressy than the disc/window style, but to each thier own.
    Did I miss the ‘Lucerne’ part of the story? Why doesn’t it say “Manero” on the dial?

  • trj66

    This is so much a poorly executed rip-off of the JLC Master Controls that it makes my eyes bleed. And to boot, the dial is way to unbalanced with only the name-tag on the left side of the dial; an aperture for the date would actually have helped in that regard.
    Sorry guys, but CFB just doesn’t work for me.

  • jmsherer21

    Looks like Carl really butchered it here.  Right around 2 o’clock on the second I be extremely annoyed every month.  That being said the Tourbillion looks beautiful and it is overall a pretty piece of art.

  • Lesthepom

    Cannot make my mind up about this one the dial is just too simple for a watch pushing 100grand if they are going to put there name in pride of place on what looks like a 1/3 of the dial then make it look like it was put there deliberately put a bit of design in it may be cut it in to the dial with a bit of color or may be it looks better hands don’t think I will ever find out

  • Ryan B

    The gold dots are a nice touch and considering the style, lume is not needed.

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