This is one of those watches that really started with a movement and was built out from there. The new CFB T3000 caliber is the latest in-house movement from Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon and it’s a relatively large movement that has both a peripheral rotor for automatic winding and a tourbillon that is mounted with a peripheral cage, making it look like it’s floating without any bridges (essentially one-upping the single-bridged flying tourbillon). As if that wasn’t enough, the movement also has a stop-seconds mechanism for the tourbillon so you can set it precisely to the second.
To house this movement, CFB has created the aptly-named Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon DoublePeripheral. It takes the familiar styling of the brand’s Manero collection, with its sharp hands and markers, clean dial layout, and relatively traditional case shape, and uses it as a way to present the T3000 with minimal intrusions.
My favorite thing about this watch is that, at first glance, you might not realize it’s anything particularly special. I mean, sure, it’s a tourbillon, but most brands are making those in some fashion or another these days. It’s only when you look closer and start to learn a little about the movement’s idiosyncrasies that you start to discover the most interesting bits about this latest Manero.
However, despite the technical brilliance and the appealing style, this watch is much larger than I’d hoped it would be at 43.1mm across and 11.57mm thick. The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon movement is on the wide side, especially with the peripheral rotor, so it fills the caseback nicely, but on the wrist I have a hard time believing this one isn’t going to wear large.