In this visit to the Watchtime archives, we take a look at ten watches that merge traditional tourbillon mechanics with modern-focused design, bridging the gap between contemporary and historical for a distinct luxury watchmaking. Have fun!
Audi’s motto of “progress through technology” also applies to the tourbillon’s importance to watch design, as this eye-catching complication greatly enhances the timepiece’s visual appeal. The new trend also contributes its fair share: many recent models have been designed with a strong emphasis on high-tech, with their tourbillons fitting harmoniously into their overall designs. Here are 10 of these tourbillon watches.
- 1 1. Richard Mille 50-02 ACJ
- 2 2. Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire
- 3 3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie
- 4 4. Ulysse Nordin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon
- 5 5. Cartier Roundabout de Cartier Earth and Moon
- 6 6. Montblanc 4810 Exotourbillon Slim
- 7 7. Christophe Claret X-Trem-1
- 8 8. Breguet La Marine Equation Marchante 5887
- 9 9. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Ultranero
- 10 10. TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber Heuer 02 Tourbillon
- 11 Related
1. Richard Mille 50-02 ACJ
Richard Mille Airbus Corporate Jets, a manufacturer of luxury aircraft, has created a technological marvel with an ultra-modern-style tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Also easily visible are a split-seconds chronograph for measuring lap times, a torque indicator at 2 to show how much tension is in the barrel, and a display at 4 to show which position has been selected for the crown. Titanium-aluminum alloy, preparation Caliber RM 50-02, automatic, 30 pieces, $1,050,000.
2. Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire
In this transparent and very serious wristwatch from Hublot, the vertically positioned tourbillon perfectly elevates 11 vertical barrels, providing 50 – yes, 50! – Power reserve days. A battery powered screwdriver is supplied with the watch to wind the mainsprings. Sapphire, 29.5 mm by 45.8 mm, preparation Caliber LaFerrari, hand wound, 20 pieces, $575,000.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie
The tourbillon adds extra visual appeal to the open styling of this latest technological tour de force. Audemars Piguet. This timepiece offers the entire watchmaking industry a delightful audible treat in the form of the clearest and loudest minute repeater. Titanium, 44mm, preparation Caliber 2937, hand wound, 520,000 Swiss francs.
4. Ulysse Nordin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon
The tourbillon is the only scientifically designed component here. The most unconventional time display consists of a jumping hour with two separate discs and a minute hand pulled on a linear scale by thin cables. The rollers that move these threads are similar to the winches that tighten the lines securing the mast on a sailing yacht. White gold, 44 mm, by Caliber UN 630 Christophe ClaretHand wound, 18 pieces, $280,000.
5. Cartier Roundabout de Cartier Earth and Moon
Should the tourbillon be eclipsed to indicate the phase of the moon? It may sound crazy, but it’s true Cartier will do When the push-piece is pressed at 4 o’clock, a circular disc of stone cut from a meteorite slides in front of the tourbillon so that part of the visible “whirlwind” corresponds to the momentary phase of the moon. Rose gold, 47 mm. preparation Caliber 9440 MC, hand wound, 15 pieces, $239,000.
6. Montblanc 4810 Exotourbillon Slim
“Normal” tourbillons are also still available. The tourbillon is housed in a beautifully closed dial and a dedicated aperture Mont BlancAn interpretation of classical horological beauty at a comparatively affordable price. Rose gold, 42 mm. preparation Caliber MB 29.21, automatic, $33,500.
7. Christophe Claret X-Trem-1
Damascene produces the characteristic wavy grain of steel Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 Look more serious. This watch set new technical standards in 2012: its tourbillon is positioned diagonally, making it difficult to connect the tourbillon to the movement. The “whirlwind” consists of floating balls, magnetically pulled through tubes, showing the hours and minutes. Damascene steel and rose gold, 40.8 mm by 56.8 mm, preparation Caliber FLY11, hand wound, eight pieces, $308,000.
8. Breguet La Marine Equation Marchante 5887
The tourbillon was patented on June 26, 1801 by French-Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet. For the 5887, the prestigious brand not only adds a perpetual calendar, but also measures time according to the sun’s current position (center). hand with the Sun motif), whereby the length of a day can vary from -16 to +14 minutes compared to mean or civil time. The difference is called the time equation. The cam responsible for this is shaped like a figure eight and is visible on the dial through a window that also displays the tourbillon carriage. It runs on a sapphire disc so as not to block the view of the tourbillon. Platinum, 43.9 mm, preparation Caliber 581DPE, automatic, $230,400.
9. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Ultranero
Bulgari In 2014 it unveiled the slimmest tourbillon movement ever. The caliber is just 1.95 mm long and ticks inside the 5-mm-slim wristwatch, which gets a sporty touch in 2016 thanks to blackened titanium. The straight lines in the design of this watch highlight the complexity, which attracts all admiring glances. DLC-coated titanium, 40 mm, preparation Caliber Finissimo Tourbillon, hand wound, $99,000.
10. TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber Heuer 02 Tourbillon
A tourbillon watch with a chronograph, automatic winding and chronometer certificate is sensational, though day, this year It tries to quell the hype by calling attention to its industrialized fiction. The open and symmetrical construction further enhances the visual appeal of this watch. Titanium, partially coated with titanium carbide, 45 mm, preparation Caliber Heuer 02T, automatic, $15,950.