At Watches & Wonders 2021 Carl F. Bucherer premiered the Manero Minute Repeater Symphony, the horological centrepiece of their relationship with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Alongside this partnership, Swedish composer Lisa Streich wrote a piece entitled “PERIPHERY”, commissioned by the Lucerne Festival.
Lisa Streich’s work was inspired by two key aspects of the watch – the minute repeater and its three ‘peripheral’ elements: the repeater function’s peripherally-mounted regulator is reproduced by the striking and stroking of a triangle positioned vertically on a timpani; the peripheral rotor is represented by a combination of violin, wind instruments and a buzzing bow; and the floating tourbillon is represented by the tapping of the bells of horns with a pencil followed by an escalating rhythm of bows drawn across string instruments, trumpets, more bows drawn across strings, and then trombones.
This new COSC-certified Manero Minute Repeater Symphony chronometer is the most complicated watch made by Carl F. Bucherer to date, with the three peripheral elements mentioned all developed internally and patented. The movement is the automatic in-house Calibre MR3000, which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 65 hours. The peripheral rotor (patented in 2008) is 22kt rose gold.
So functionally, there’s the hour, minute, small seconds on the tourbillon cage at 12 o’clock, and a minute repeater with two gongs, with the striking hammers visible at 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock. The peripherally mounted regulator controls the pace of the chimes. The cage of the stop-seconds tourbillon is supported peripherally by three ceramic ball bearings. An opening just above 6 o’clock shows the regulator, which controls the beat of the chimes. This patented regulator is mounted peripherally also via three ceramic ball bearings.
There are, of course, some safety measures for the minute repeater. Firstly, the crown cannot be pulled out when the repeater is running, which means that when the crown is out, the repeater mechanism is locked. Secondly, there is a small display at 9’clock which shows the wearer the watch’s status – a blue dot means that the crown is out, and a musical note means that the minute repeater function is activated.
The Manero Minute Repeater Symphony’s dial is 18kt white gold, hand-galvanised, and features a fine grainé texture. The hands and markers are are 18kt rose gold.
The case is 18kt rose gold, measures 43.8mm x 12.4mm, and has a water resistance of 10m. You will also notice that the short curved lugs are open-worked.
It is a numbered limited edition of 88 pieces (the limitation number is on an 18kt gold plaque at 6 o’clock), but personalisation is available for finishing and some design elements. It comes on a dark brown Louisiana alligator leather strap with an 18kt rose gold folding clasp.
The Manero Minute Repeater Symphony comes in a box with an amplification system which is made from spruce harvested from the forests in the Jura so you can double the amplification when activating it in situ.
It is POA but in the meantime, here is an excerpt from the piece commissioned for this partnership between Bucherer and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
[Photo and film credit: Carl F. Bucherer]