KERBEDANZ has premiered Maximus flying Tourbillon, the largest tourbillon in the world. HOT peeks into the masterpiece of horological micromechanics.
The Maximus flying Tourbillon has a 27-millimeter tourbillon cage. This is almost twice the size of the largest one known to date. Yes, this makes it the largest wristwatch with tourbillon in the world. Considering this, the name Maximus really suits this majestic watch! The name is also an allusion to Circus Maximus, a venue in Rome, used in the past for horse-drawn chariot races.
The tourbillon was invented by the Abraham Louis Breguet (1747- 1823). The complication places the regulating organ of the watch inside a cage that turns on itself, thus compensating for errors due to gravitational forces. Today, the precision that a tourbillon provides is much appreciated. But, the endless fascination of watching the tourbillon workings on the watch a great source of joy.
The Maximus flying tourbillon allows one to better observe and understand the subtleties of this fascinating mechanism, thanks to its sheer size. But, it is the size factor that poses challenges in the creation. In watchmaking, enlarging the size of certain components does not mean just multiplying their size. Everything needs to be reinvented and recomputed.
This is where the expertise of the company’s watchmaking has come in. This watch required conception and manufacturing of a special balance spring, a rack with a screw for fine adjustment, and a balance wheel. The cage of this watch makes a full rotation once every six minutes, and not in sixty seconds, which is usually the case.
The watch is made up of 415 carefully assembled components, of which 73 are dedicated to the tourbillon cage. The latter is made entirely of titanium and only weighs 1.35 grams. Four barrel springs in parallel driving a central wheel mounted on ball-bearings produce the torque to supply a tourbillon of such size.
The master watchmakers have ensured that the aesthetics of the watch are refined and highly elegant, in sync with the spectacular movement, the Calibre KRB-08. The 49 mm case is majestic indeed and the gold dial has been exclusively designed, manufactured and hand-decorated by KERBEDANZ.
The Maximus flying Tourbillon indeed lives up to its name…being grand, spectacular and splendid!