The escapement is where the brain of a mechanical watch resides, which includes a delicate hairspring mounted on a balance wheel that rotates back and forth, for each rotation equates a tick on your mechanical watch. But there is a bit problem there, due to gravity and nature of design, there is a lighter or heavier spot in the balance wheel. So, the rate of timekeeping will vary for each watch positions.
To solve the problem, around 1795, French-Swiss watchmaker named Abraham-Louis Breguet made a tourbillon complication in addition to the mechanics of a watch escapement. If the escapement is fixed, so it is impossible to regulate it to keep the exact same rate when the watch is in different positions.
With tourbillon, the escapement and balance wheel is mounted in a rotating cage, so the gravity when the timepiece stuck in a certain position will not affect it. So, when the entire balance wheel/escapement rotating at the same time, which is one revolution per minute, those timing variations are cancelled out no matter what position the watch is in.
This high complication should be on your collection and we covered up our best 5 tourbillon watches below.
Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Air
Armin Strom seeks to reinterpret horological traditions which only an elite circle of watch Manufactures capable of producing a tourbillon for their watch. This watch coming with skeletonizing tourbillon compound that coming with a higher technical challenge for them. With PVD colourization of the main plate that emphasizing the calibre’s layered construction, the skeletonizing movement enhances the movement’s mechanical artistry.
This watch also features a manual winding mechanism that visible from the dial, a power reserve of 10 days, and a tourbillon at 9 o’clock.
Breguet Marine Tourbillon 5887
This Breguet watch powered by a self-winding movement with running equation of time, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, and 80-hour power reserve. Those complications wrapped up in 43.90mm diameter platinum case with delicately fluted caseband. Blue dial in gold features Roman numerals and luminescent dots.
This watch individually numbered and signed Breguet. There’s also special Breguet facetted hands in 18k gold with luminescent material. The strap made of alligator leather with gold folding clasp.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon
This limited edition of 88 pieces watch that stamped with the Poincon de Geneve is coming with in-house RD509SQ Skeleton flying tourbillon and hand-wound mechanical calibre that supports 90 hours of power reserve. The 45 mm diameter case is made of black DLC titanium carbon which twice as light as brass.
By paring down the plates and bridges in the extreme so as to maintain only the essential elements, Roger Dubuis provides a flamboyant stage-setting for the highly technical nature of its tourbillon calibers. The tourbillon that carriage in the shape of a Celtic cross.
Panerai Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio 47mm
The brushed titanium case of this Panerai Lo Scienziato Luminor collection features polished titanium bezel that looks so cool from the face. Powered by P.2005/T calibre, the skeleton hand-wound mechanical movement that executed entirely by Panerai. Those movements supporting the watch function including hours, minutes, small seconds, GMT, 24h indicator, power reserve indicator on the back, and tourbillon for sure.
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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin
The master watchmakers at Audemars Piguet give special attention to the gravity-defying tourbillon. They are offer exceptional engineering techniques and audacious aesthetic with extra thin case. This tourbillon timepiece also features 950 platinum case, bezel set with baguette-cut gradated blue sapphires, glare proof sapphire crystal and caseback.
Tucked under the Tappisserie dial, there is AP's hand-wound 2924 movement, which ticks at 3 Hz and offers some 70 hours of power reserve. The movement's lovely design can be seen in via the large aperture for the tourbillon and through a case back.