While some brands have decided to go bold and loud for Only Watch 2017, others have chosen discretion, subtlety and elegance. Based on the technically impressive and desirable Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral we reviewed here, the brand have introduced a unique version which not only features a special dial and a nice surprise on the back, but which also includes a great experience for the future owner of this piece. Here is the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral Only Watch 2017 Unique Piece.
The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral is a modern, urban-looking timepiece full of discretion and elegance, with modern proportions. Its main attraction lies in the contrast offered between the sleek appearance of its case and dial, and the opulence of its peripheral-rotor equipped automatic movement. No one can imagine the beauty of the mechanics that hide behind this restrained design, and this makes this watch a connoisseur piece. Carl F. Bucherer was the first manufacturer to put into series production the concept of the peripheral rotor. On a normal automatic watch, the centrally-mounted oscillating mass partially hides the elements that compose a movement. CFB has developed a winding mass that rotates around the periphery of the movement, using small ball bearings. Thus, this movement combines the beauty of fully visible components, with the ease and practicality of an automatic winding watch.
Just like the standard model, this piece has the modernly proportioned 40.6mm diameter x 11.2mm thick case, and features the same pleasant styling touches, such as the combination of polished bezel, brushed flat surfaces and casebands, which have been enhanced with a polished bevel on the side of the lugs. However, the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral Only Watch 2017 Unique Piece does differ from the standard version in many ways. First of all, it is presented in a 18k white gold case (this watch is usually available in steel or 18k pink gold). Then, it also displays several blue accents, as a guideline for the entire design.
The white dial, with small second at 6, shows specific blue indexes and hands. Alluding to the auction that will take place on November 11, the eleven of the date appears in the same blue. To complement the look, the leather strap is in a matching blue color. Turn over this Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral Only Watch 2017 Unique Piece and you’ll see several unique features, the main one being the characteristic peripheral rotor which appears for the first time ever in royal blue, just like the hands and indexes. Also, on the inside of the see-through sapphire-crystal caseback is transferred “ONLY WATCH 2017 – Pièce unique – Fabriquée en Suisse”. The movement, with its nicely shaped bridges and pleasant decoration, is still perfectly visible.
Unique experience: The successful bidder and a person of her/his choice will also be invited for an unforgettable experience in the brand’s hometown, Lucerne, in the very heart of Switzerland. They will enjoy a two-night stay at the prestigious Chateau Gütsch hotel, which is located in one of the most picturesque hotel locations in the world. Here they can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains and head out to explore the historic city accompanied by a guide – and they will also have the privilege of visiting the Carl F. Bucherer manufacture, where they can experience the entire world of the family business.
Only Watch is a biennial fundraiser for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy – Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (AMM). Organized under the patronage of HSH Albert II de Monaco, the 7th edition gathers a record 48 participants. Only Watch 2017 will be auctioned by Christie’s in Geneva in November 2017. For more information, please visit www.onlywatch.com.
Technical specifications – Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral Only Watch 2017
- Case: 40.6mm diameter x 11.2mm thick – 18k white gold case – convex sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides – sapphire caseback – 3 ATM / 30 m water resistant
- Movement: in-house caliber CFB A2050 with automatic winding (peripheral rotor) – 55h power reserve – 28,800 vibrations/h – 33 jewels – hours, minutes, small seconds and date – chronometer certified – Unique blue rotor
- Strap: blue alligator leather strap with pin buckle
- Unique Piece for Only Watch 2017
- Estimate: CHF 18,000 to CHF 23,000