At Dubai Watch Week 2023, Carl F. Bucherer (CFB), a renowned Swiss watchmaker, has revealed its philosophy for life through two exceptional timepieces. These watches — the Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral ‘Green Paradise’ and the Manero Minute Repeater in Titanium — have been meticulously crafted to resonate with Dubai's ultra-modern urban lifestyle. GMT India takes a closer look at the two new timepieces.
Dubai's Essence in Time
Designed to reflect the character of Dubai itself, these timepieces expertly blend contemporary styling with traditional craftsmanship. The watches, a harmonious mix of boldness and subtlety, do celebrate the vibrant spirit of Dubai. These were launched at The Gate in Dubai's central financial district.
The Epitome of CFB's Manero Product Family
The styling of the Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral ‘Green Paradise’ and the Manero Minute Repeater in Titanium embodies the essence of CFB's Manero product family. With a focus on contemporary aesthetic and material choices, these timepieces encapsulate the vibrancy of life in the world's most dynamic cities.
The Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral ‘Green Paradise’ is a unique interpretation of a black limited-edition watch released earlier in 2023. Its sunray dial in deep green, culturally resonant in the Middle East, is paired with a hand-stitched green alligator leather strap. The bezel, a showstopper with 40 baguette-cut 3.9-carat tsavorites, sapphires, and rubies, forms a seamless rainbow around the dial. Eleven additional matching gems on the dial, set against an 18 ct white gold case, create a dramatic spectrum of colour.
The piece, built around the in-house CFB T3000 movement, is a ‘Double Peripheral’ with two examples of the Peripheral Technology. A tourbillon at 12 o'clock ensures supreme accuracy while the automatic winding system, powered by a peripherally mounted oscillating ring, is visible through the sapphire caseback. The watch has a power reserve of 65 hours and boasts the engraving of ‘UNIQUE PIECE 01/07,’ proudly declaring its exclusivity.
Manero Minute Repeater in Titanium
Among all of CFB's minute repeaters to date, this unique piece delivers a distinct tonality and resonance that sounds clearer and ‘brighter’ than any other variant in the past. It is in this respect that the piece’s titanium case comes into its own: the beating heart of one of the most astonishing achievements in horology controls miniature hammers that strike gongs to represent hours, quarter-hours, and minutes audibly. As a ‘Triple Peripheral’, this watch not only features a peripherally mounted automatic winding system and a ‘floating’ tourbillon, but it also sports a peripherally mounted minute repeater regulator.
Entirely designed, developed, and manufactured in-house, the movement that powers the watch is known as the CFB MR3000 caliber. The polished and brushed finish of the titanium case shines brightly against a black, hybrid rubber strap, featuring a quick release system and a DLC-coated folding clasp in titanium and stainless steel. Other details include an 18 ct gold peripherally mounted oscillating weight, which can be viewed through the sapphire caseback. In itself, the strap is discreetly minimalistic, although its ‘Milky Way’ finish brings to the fore a subtle texture, which perfectly complements the finish on the dial.
The Manero Minute Repeater, created for Dubai Watch Week, witnesses the pinnacle of CFB's watchmaking finesse, executed in a titanium case, for the first time. Paired with an 18-carat white gold dial, finished in a grained pattern, and with rose gold hands and index marks, the watch has a stylish yet understated appearance. One final discoverable: between the timepiece's gongs, an engraving of the word, ‘UNIQUE’, captures its ultimate status.
Exploring Time with CFB
Visitors to Dubai Watch Week can explore these unique pieces at CFB's stand, alongside other watches from the Patravi and Heritage product families. By showcasing its leadership in Peripheral Technology, CFB is inviting enthusiasts to delve into the essence of ‘Exploring Time’ and witness the convergence of heritage and innovation in Swiss watchmaking.