Introducing the Tourbillon Double Peripheral

Introducing the Tourbillon Double Peripheral

For the firm’s new Heritage collection, a limited edition of the Tourbillon Double Peripheral has been introduced, with a more elaborate dial treatment with an engraving of a view of Lucerne, home of Carl F. Bucherer, on the movement. The peripheral winding system is a variation on a standard automatic winding system: an oscillating weight, set in motion by the arm movements of the wearer, winds the mainspring and keeps the watch running. In a conventional automatic winding system, the rotor tends to obscure the view of the movement itself. 

Carl F. Butcherer’s modern production of Tourbillons took an interesting approach with both a peripheral rotor, and a carriage driven at its periphery, which seems to be floating inside the movement with no mechanical coupling to the rest of the watch

There have been very few attempts to make a Peripheral winding system work; Patek Philippe filed patents in the mid-1960s, but no one used this peripheral winding automatic movements until 2008 when Carl F. Bucherer launched the CFB A1000 Caliber. This smart and elegant solution allows for winding efficiency while still providing a clear view of the movement as well as reducing overall thickness.

The aesthetics of the Tourbillon - clean, with a slightly understated flavor

The aesthetics of the Tourbillon - clean, with a slightly understated flavor

The aesthetics of the Heritage Tourbillon Double Peripheral Limited Edition are, as you might expect from the name, similar to the designs you’d find in elegant dress watches from the mid-20th century. As is generally the case with Carl F. Bucherer, the execution of the various dial side elements is very clean, with the slightly understated flavor that characterizes much of classical wristwatch design from Switzerland.

The movement of the Heritage version is considerably more decorative than in the Manero version - the visible plate is in white gold and has been engraved with a view of Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, which is the oldest surviving wooden truss bridge in the world as well as the oldest covered bridge in Europe, and which was originally completed in 1365 as part of the old city’s defensive perimeter.

A rare combination - Carl F. Bucherer's Heritage BiCompax Annual

A rare combination - Carl F. Bucherer's Heritage BiCompax Annual

A rare combination the Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual was inspired by one of the their own 1950s chronographs, a stylish 34mm watch with a champaign colored dial. Presented in a choice of two-tone steel and rose gold or steel with a panda-style dial, the aesthetics of the case are similar to the 1956 model but the size has been increased to a modern 41mm.

The two-register dial is framed by a tachymeter and paired with crisp syringe-style hour and minute hands protected under a box sapphire crystal. The annual calendar has been cleverly incorporated, a large date allows easy legibility while a discrete aperture between 4 and 5 O’clock displays the month. The calendar mechanism automatically accounts for months with 30 - 31 days and only needs to be adjusted once a year.