Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Tourbillon Double Peripheral Limited Edition (Pictures and Price)
The first model from the new Heritage collection is limited to just 88 pieces – a homage to the year Carl F. Bucherer was founded, 1888. The cosmopolitan and internationally renowned luxury watch manufacturer was established in Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland. The new timepiece reflects the golden luster of the baroque city itself, with an elaborately finished 42.50 mm, 18-karat rose gold case.
Another homage to the birthplace of Carl F. Bucherer is the movement bridge crafted in 18-karat white gold, which features a hand-engraved cityscape of Lucerne. It covers the entire back of the movement, with the exception of the tourbillon. At the center of the intricate engraving – the result of more than two weeks of meticulous craftsmanship – is the Lucerne Chapel Bridge, the landmark of the city. There is a special detail in this engraving: a swan. This reference to Lucerne’s Schwanenplatz alludes to where Carl F. Bucherer opened its first specialty store back in 1888, not far from where the boutique is located today. The position of the swan differs on each of the 88 models – a custom feature that further underlines the unique character of each of these timepieces.
The shape of the case and the design of the dial, featuring a sunburst finish and milled rings decorating its periphery, paired with striking diamond-shaped indices, were inspired by various vintage watch models from the 1960s.
The brand thus combines retro design elements with state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, thereby successfully bridging the gap between the past and the present, into a bright future.
A Pioneer of Peripheral Technology
At the heart of the Heritage Tourbillon DoublePeripheral Limited Edition is the in-house CFB T3000 caliber, featuring a tourbillon and an automatic winding system that are both mounted peripherally. The innovative movement was presented for the first time at this year’s Baselworld and is the only of its kind worldwide.
With the CFB A1000 caliber, Carl F. Bucherer started series production on the first-ever movement powered by a bidirectional automatic winding system with a peripheral rotor. This technology was further re ned in the COSC-certified CFB A2000 movement. The culmination of this innovative developmental work came in the form of the CFB T3000 caliber. The tourbillon is regarded as a highlight of the art of watchmaking and, in their latest caliber, the designers and watchmakers at Carl F. Bucherer have succeeded in giving it a floating appearance. The cage of the minute tourbillon is supported peripherally – and invisible to the viewer – by three ball bearings. These frictionless built-in ceramic ball bearings ensure a stable connection and precise guidance. Carl F. Bucherer also took an innovative approach to the escapement design, using non-magnetic silicon for both the pallet and the escape wheel. The Heritage Tourbillon DoublePeripheral Limited Edition has a power reserve of 65 hours and is a certified chronometer. To celebrate the company’s anniversary and this limited-edition timepiece, the movement’s peripheral rotor was crafted in 22-karat rose gold – a perfect match to the watch case, also made of rose gold.
Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Tourbillon Double Peripheral Limited Edition
Reference number: 00.10802.03.13.01
Movement: Automatic, CFB T3000 manufacture caliber, chronometer, diameter 36.50 mm, height 4.60 mm, 32 jewels, power reserve of 65 hours, hand-engraved 18 k white gold bridge, 22 k rose gold rotor
Functions: Tourbillon, stop-seconds function, hour, minute, small seconds
Case: 18 k rose gold, double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on one side, water-resistant to 30 m (3 atm), diameter 42.50 mm, height 11.90 mm
Dial: Silver, sunburst finish with milled rings decorating its periphery and appliquéd rose-gold-plated indices
Strap: Louisiana alligator leather in dark brown, hand-stitched, 18 k rose gold folding pin buckle
The price for the Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Tourbillon Double Peripheral Limited Edition is $88,888.