Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited EditionWatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular “Inside Basel.Geneva” series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is Carl F. Bucherer, which will showcase its Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition at the events.

Carl F. Bucherer has created many complicated watches, including models with power-reserve displays, chronographs, and even a perpetual calendar — and the company makes its own manufacture movement, but the Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition is the brand’s first tourbillon timepiece. The watch — which commemorates the 125th anniversary of founder Carl Friedrich Bucherer opening his first watch and jewelry shop in Lucerne, Switzerland — contains the new, hand-wound tourbillon movement, Caliber CFB T1001. The tourbillon, which is on display in an opening at 6 o’clock on the dial, is obviously the central attraction, but Carl F. Bucherer’s watchmakers have packed several other complications into the new watch as well. The date is indicated by a center-mounted hand that points to a 31-day scale that surrounds the dial. For better legibility at a glance, the numerals on the scale change their orientation at 3 o’clock and again at 9 o’clock. A subdial at 12 o’clock displays the time on a 24-hour scale. And the movement’s unusually long power reserve — 70 hours — is indicated on the semicircular scale at 9 o’clock.

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition - front

Carl F. Bucherer’s designers strove for clarity on the dial, despite the multiple complications and tourbillon aperture. The watch has the wedge-shaped hour markers and tapering hours and minutes hands typical of the Manero line, and the elegant, serif font used for the text and numerals is also common on Carl F. Bucherer watches. The 18k rose gold case is 41.08 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 meters. It has a sapphire crystal, which is coated with nonreflective material, and a sapphire exhibition caseback. The strap is hand-stitched Louisiana alligator leather, with a rose-gold folding clasp. The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon is limited to only 188 pieces worldwide, and whereas the base prices on the vast majority of tourbillon watches break the six-figure price barrier, this one comes in just under it, at $98,800.

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition - side

IBG 2014 attendees will have a chance to see the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition — as well as other new Carl F. Bucherer timepieces, such as the Patrvai ScubaTec, the brand’s first divers’ watch — up close and in person. Click here for more on the event and to order tickets for one of the four event cities.

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