Goldene Unruh, Germany, has selected and awarded awards to the global watch industry since 1998. Among them, the technology award is awarded to the developer of the most special mechanical movement of the year. In 2009, the winner of the Goldene Unruh Best Technology Award was Bucherer.
It was with the self-made movement CFB A1000 that Bucherer won this award. This movement has won 2 patents: including a peripheral-type winding rotor (Peripheral rotor) with high-efficiency suspension and a dual adjustment system to improve accuracy. The concept, structure and workmanship of the entire movement are perfect.
This movement embodies three years of hard work of the Bucherer watch factory. At the beginning of this project, Bucherer abandoned the strategy of ‘copying’ the existing non-proprietary movement, and was determined to develop a revolutionary automatic movement from scratch. The design features should be unique and refreshing. . To this end, Bucherer has set a series of research and development goals, including: using a traditional fine-tuning system, a club-tooth lever escapement, a traditional driving train, and a gemstone bearing innovation machine. The core design, the pendant won’t cover the platform design of the splint, joystick and other components, which is convenient for future installation of new features. The reliability of the semi-finished product movement (blank) is produced in semi-mass production mode. The new CFB A1000 automatic winding movement not only meets the above conditions, but the Bucherer technicians and watchmakers have worked hard to develop many new features.
Self-made movement: new milestone of Bucherer
2008 is an important page for the development of the Baucherie watchmaking factory: from now on, the watch factory will officially design, develop and manufacture the movement itself. To achieve this goal, the watch factory has formally acquired Technologys Horlogers Appliquées (THA), a famous manufacturer of complex movements located in Sainte-Croix, the Jurassic Mountains. Bucherer and THA have cooperated for ten years, and it is wise for the two parties to further alliance. Thomas Morf, Chief Executive Officer of Bucherer, stated, ‘After the acquisition of THA, we will pursue a two-line strategy. On the one hand, we will continue to use the basic movements supplied by the outside world. On the other hand, we will use our own movements to strengthen our product lineup and its functions.’ The Bucherer watch factory will later be renamed Carl F. Bucherer Technologies SA, and will play many important roles in research, development and production. THA currently employs 17 employees, and it is expected that the number of employees will gradually increase in the future.