The new CFB Capsule Collection pairs the brand’s in-house movements with a series of five new black-on-black watches dedicated to global capital cities.
Carl F. Bucherer Explore Time is a brand that personifies contrasts. From advanced movements to elegant dials, the Swiss watchmaker has earned a reputation for luxury watches that combine traditional design elements and Swiss savoir-faire with modern technology and style since 1888. To mark its 135th anniversary in 2023, Carl F. Bucherer is putting these strengths at the fore with the CFB Capsule Collection, a series of watches that artfully blend futuristic materials and innovative movements with classic complications and a striking monochromatic look.
Inspired by carbon, the essential element for all life on earth, the CFB Capsule Collection consists of five black-on-black watches housed in cases made from monochromatic forged carbon or DLC-coated stainless steel. As an homage to exploration, travel, and the pursuit of new horizons – all of which are qualities embraced by the historic Maison – each piece in the CFB Capsule Collection is dedicated to one of five global capitals from New York to Zurich to Tokyo.
Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral Black
The flagship of the CFB Capsule Collection is the Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral Black whose striking aesthetic is matched by the innovative peripheral tourbillon movement within. Housed in a 43mm case made from forged carbon with a titanium container, the watch is powered by Carl F. Bucherer’s in-house caliber CFB T3000, a peripheral automatic movement which uses a peripherally-mounted regulator instead of a conventional oscillating weight. Peripheral technology is also used in the tourbillon, which isn’t connected to a mainplate or bridges, and appears to float on a trio of ceramic ball bearings. With a matt black finish inspired by New York’s legendary nightlife, the Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral Black is limited to 80 pieces.
Manero Peripheral Perpetual Calendar Black
The second timepiece, the Manero Peripheral Perpetual Calendar Black, is inspired by Tokyo – a city that’s home to both trendsetting contemporary designers and traditional artisans. Within its 41mm forged carbon and titanium case, the CFB A2055 manufacture caliber is a perpetual calendar movement that will reliably display the date without requiring adjustment until the year 2100. Complete with an aventurine moon phase disc featuring two hand-engraved white gold moons, this COSC-certified chronometer is limited to 88 pieces.
Manero Peripheral BigDate Black
The third watch in the CFB Capsule Collection is the Manero Peripheral BigDate Black, whose combination of traditional elements and an ultra-modern peripheral automatic movement mirrors Zurich’s historic facades and cosmopolitan character. Powered by the COSC chronometer CFB A2011 manufacture caliber, this old-meets-new design features a deep matt black dial containing displays for day, date, small seconds, and power reserve. The Manero Peripheral Bigdate Black is presented in a forged carbon case with a titanium container and is limited to 188 pieces.
The fourth and fifth pieces in the collection are dedicated to Shanghai and London, respectively. The Heritage BiCompax Annual Black, whose design is inspired by the diverse architecture of Shanghai’s Bund, features a moody black DLC-coated stainless steel case and is powered by the Caliber CFB 1972. With a dial featuring an annual calendar, a chronograph, a big-date, and a tachymeter scale, this non-limited release is as complex and dynamic as Shanghai itself.
The Manero Flyback Black, meanwhile, is dedicated to London, a global city that embraces reinvention and creates space for culture, technology, and modern attitudes to cultivate. Powered by the CFB 1970 caliber and featuring a case made of DLC-coated stainless steel, its second hand can be stopped, reset, and started again with the push of a single button. This function evokes the constant reinvention of the British capital, but it could just as well be a tribute to the brand itself. With 135 years of history to its credit, five innovative manufacturing movements on offer, and a reputation as a world leader in peripheral technology, Carl F. Bucherer knows a thing or two about reinvention.