Invented in the 18th century, tourbillon watches are the creation of French watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet. Due to the force of gravity, the spin of the gear acts slightly differently depending on its position. If the watch is in the same position for a long time, the cumulative effect changes its movement. For that, the watch needs to be adjusted periodically.
Feeling annoyed by the gravity effect on the watch, Breguet came up with a smart solution. He places the escapement and balance wheel in an enclosure that continues to rotate so that the effect of the gravitational pull will spread evenly. It was the perfect solution and tourbillon was a unique and profitable technology.
Are you interested in a tourbillon watch? We got you covered with our tourbillon watch recommendations below.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Tourbillon Dualtime
Master Control Tourbillon Dualtime from Jaeger-LeCoultre is a luxury watch that comes in a pink gold case. The dial reveals a part of its secrets by making its tourbillon visible to all. Equipped with a second time zone, 24-hour reference time and a jumping hand, this exceptional watch holds a number of surprises in reserve.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Flying Tourbillon
The Excalibur 42 skeleton flying tourbillon incorporates two unmistakeable features of Roger Dubuis creations: the flying tourbillon and the skeleton. The Excalibur Skeleton Flying Tourbillon comes with a bit smaller plates and bridges to the absolute essentials and comes with the RD820SQ calibre, offers a light, spacious display of advanced mechanics in action.
The busy dial wraps in a sporty 42 mm case on and a leather strap. There’s only a few pieces of metal to hold jewels and screws on this skeletonised dial, offering enough stability to the entire movement. By looking at this watch’s face, you can observe all movement parts and how they operate, so will learn a lot about how a mechanical watch functions.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon
This tourbillon watch is the new generation of Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT. The watch comes with the asymmetric look of contemporary architecture with its redesigned bridges and fully revealed flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock. A powerful mix of sandblasted titanium and black ceramic with 10 days’ power reserve.
Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Air
The Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Air was introduced in 2016. As all Water models in Armin Strom’s collection, the case comes in titanium, while the movement features grey (PVD) details. The Tourbillon Skeleton is powered by the in-house hand-wound caliber ATC11-S with tourbillon escapement at 9:00 and a power reserve of 10 days.
This watch is a quite magnificent piece which boasts technical complexity and an arresting beauty. It accentuates the brand’s signature forté of contemporary skeletonisation with its exposed mechanical sculpture within.