HOT highlights some spectacular watches that are the finest examples of the tourbillon complication. Go on and observe mechanical complexity at its best!
The tourbillon complication is one of the most popular ones for hard-core watch lovers. Put simply, a tourbillon is a device in a mechanical watch where the escapement is mounted in a small revolving cage as a means of overcoming the effects of gravity on the precision on a mechanical timepiece.
Definitions aside, here are the watches you need to watch out for if this mechanism is on your mind…
Tradition Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087 by Breguet
Crafting a tourbillon is a challenge in itself. Here, Breguet has gone many steps further and incorporated the minute repeater mechanism as well! The watch features an acoustic chamber built into the case. Indeed, here is a watch that is nothing short of a grand complication. With this, you can enjoy the sweet sounds of music even as you marvel at the visual splendour of the fascinating mechanism!
Octo Finissimo Automatic by Bvlgari
Bulgari began the Baselworld fair this year by introducing a new world record: The Octo Finissimo Automatic is the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market to date! This is all thanks to the new in-house watch movement. Despite the constraints involved in developing an ultra-thin watch calibre, the movement is hand-decorated with Côtes de Genève and circular-grained finishing, resulting in a watch that is extremely impressive in watchmaking terms, while maintain a chic and simple outward appearance.
X-TREM-1 by Christophe Claret
X-TREM-1 belongs to a new generation of timepieces and it represents a major technical and aesthetic accomplishment: a flying tourbillon inclined at a 30° angle, mounted on a three-dimensional curvex titanium mainplate, equipped with a retrograde hours and minutes display system that is radically different from existing watchmaking conventions. Two tiny hollowed steel spheres, isolated within sapphire tubes on the left and right sides of the caseband magically move with no mechanical connection thanks to magnetic fields. Technical sophistication meets high elegance!
The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Edition Historique by Greubel Forsey
This edition has a dial with interesting architecture and two display systems that have never before been featured in a Tourbillon 24 Secondes timepiece. This award winning design of the Asymétrique model of which this watch is a part, made it the tourbillon visible at 8 o’clock into a timepiece for the first time. This timepiece will be available in two Unique editions of 11 pieces.
MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis by Hublot
This is the first Hublot multi-axis tourbillon designed for unique visibility. With the new Manufacture piece, the brand is pushing back the boundaries in terms of multi-axis tourbillons. It evidently sports a very unique look, and that is the idea behind the watch – to provide a maximum of visibility on the tourbillon and its fascinating double rotation. You will never tire of watching this one!
Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time by Jaeger-LeCoultre
A flying tourbillon combines with universal time in a fascinating watch. The timepiece offers exceptional readability and operating. Featuring the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 948, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time embodies this inventive spirit in a unique and universal way. Under the dome of its sapphire crystal, it presents a 360-degree view of the world…not to mention the beautifully constructed tourbillon.
RM 50-03 McLAREN F1 by Richard Mille
This watch is the world’s lightest split-seconds tourbillon chronograph. The McLaren-Honda and Richard Mille partnership shines through. Produced in collaboration with the famed Formula 1 constructor, the new Richard Mille calibre is a technical masterpiece offering off-the-chart mechanical performance. It weighs less than 40 grams, including the new strap, which makes it the lightest mechanical chronograph ever made!
With these pieces to don your wrist, you’ll surely have an awe-inspiring time admiring the tourbillon complication in all its different expressions!