The Best Of The Tourbillons
MW picks the best of Tourbillons available in India in 2014
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH
The platinum version of the famous tourbillon retains the charm of the pioneering Royal Oak design from 1972 while being a watch that is in every way up with the times. The dial is a stunning metallic blue and features a sporty blue rubber strap with folding clasp. The 950 platinum case is 44 mm wide, and black ceramic has been used for the bezel, pushers and crown. The blue dial is open-worked at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock with silver-toned counters. The chrono-register is at 3 and the tourbillon at 9 o’clock. Functions include 24-hour GMT display and a day and night indicator. It comes with a power reserve of 237 hours, and is water-resistant to 100 metres.
BREGUET CLASSIQUE TOURBILLON EXTRA-PLAT AUTOMATIQUE 5377
The extra-thin self-winding movement of this 42 mm platinum watch is just 3 mm thick in a 7 mm high case making it among the thinnest self-winding tourbillon. The small seconds hand is on the tourbillon axis. With a power reserve of 90 hours, the watch comes with an indicator at 8:30.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN MALTE TOURBILLON OPEN- WORKED
The open-worked Calibre 2790 SQ of this watch is framed by a tonneau-shaped platinum case and powers a date display and a power-reserve indication. The dial is rimmed by a slate-grey ring featuring metallic hour-markers, while the minute circle is painted and the date, power-reserve and seconds indicators are engraved and inked. The tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock spins over a Maltese Cross, sweeping the small seconds hand along with it.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE MASTER GRANDE TRADITION TOURBILLON CYLINDRIQUE À QUANTIÈME PERPÉTUEL JUBILEE
Within the 42 mm pink gold case, this watch beats to the rhythm of a flying tourbillon and is equipped with a cylindrical balance-spring which creates the impression of the tourbillon being suspended in mid-air at the heart of the movement. The perpetual calendar display includes day, date, month, year and moon-phase.
A LANGE & SÖHNE 1815 TOURBILLON
Till recently it was impossible to exactly set watches equipped with a tourbillon because the tourbillon could not be stopped. In 2008, Lange designers succeeded in making a tourbillon cage that stopped instantaneously when the crown was pulled. They also paired it with a zero-reset mechanism that causes the blued-steel hand of the subsidiary seconds dial to instantly jump to the zero position when the crown is pulled, thus facilitating the synchronisation of the watch by positioning the minutes hand exactly above a minutes stroke and starting the watch with one-second accuracy. This limited edition watch (100 pieces) in a 39.5 mm pink-gold or platinum case combines both these mechanisms for the first time via its manually wound calibre L102.1.
ULYSSE NARDIN IMPERIAL BLUE
This manually wound 46 mm minute repeater with a date indicator at 12 o’clock is powered by a flying tourbillon which can be seen at 6 o’clock and comes in an 18K white gold case. It plays the four note Westminster chime every hour, which can also be muted using the pusher at 11 o’clock. The open-worked hands are adjusted using the crown, which also features a safety system that stops the sounding of the passing hours while the time is being corrected. It comes with a power reserve of 50 hours.
CARL F. BUCHERER MANERO TOURBILLON LIMITED EDITION
The first tourbillon in the famed Manero range is a limited edition watch (188 pieces) packed in a 41.8 mm diameter rose gold case. The opening at 6 o’clock provides a view of the tourbillon. From the centre, the date is indicated by a hand. The numerals of the date scale change orientation at 3 and 9 o’clock. It is equipped with a 70 hour power reserve. The remaining energy can be read via the power reserve indication at 9 o’clock. The 24-hour indication is at 12 o’clock.
OMEGA DE VILLE TOURBILLON CO-AXIAL NUMBERED EDITION 38.7 MM
This hand-crafted 38.7 mm watch in a red gold case powered by a self-winding central tourbillon is individually numbered on the side of the casebody. Its bezel is paved with baguette diamonds. The sapphire dial features 18K red gold facetted indexes. The 18k gold seconds hand is fixed directly on the titanium tourbillon cage.
PANERAI LO SCIENZIATO – LUMINOR 1950 TOURBILLON GMT CERAMICA
A tribute to the great Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, this watch housed in a 48 mm Luminor 1950 black ceramic case features a tourbillon whose plates, barrels and bridges have been skeletonised so that every internal detail can be seen, and most of the components have been galvanically blackened to harmonise with the colour of the case. The P.2005/S movement also features a second time zone function, with a central hand and day/night indication on an auxiliary dial at 3 o’clock, and the system for the rapid setting of local time.
LOUIS VUITTON TAMBOUR ÉVOLUTION FLYING TOURBILLON VOLANT
LV’s first automatic calibre with a flying tourbillon developed and assembled in-house is a 43 mm diameter minimalist beauty with a black ceramic aluminum case middle and paired with bezel, horns and crown in pink gold. The sparse dial and each golden element including the figures, indexes and the 60 microscopic studs are positioned by hand. Through the wide opening in the dial, the self-winding mechanical calibre offers a glimpse of the flying tourbillon frame bearing a `V’ whose point serves to indicate the seconds that have passed. It is water tight up to 100 metres.
HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION TOURBILLON VITRAIL
Inspired by art deco stain glass windows, this 45 mm watch in black ceramic or titanium features the HUB6017 movement, a skeleton tourbillon with a 5-day power reserve and a contemporary graphic design. On it are 15 tiny openings housing a sliver of glass secured with O-rings which grip the glass, ensuring that it does not break with heat expansion. The watch is available in red or blue.
CORUM ADMIRAL’S CUP AC-ONE 45 DOUBLE TOURBILLON
This watch is equipped with two parallel-mounted tourbillons and a retrograde date. By pressing of the crown pushbutton, the minutes hand is instantly brought to the 12th index which enables the setting of the exact time, which can be done up to five minutes before or after a full hour. While the two tourbillons spin on the lower part of the dial, a dynamic red arrow points to the retrograde date segment appearing on the upper part like an extension of the two carriages.
BULGARI OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON
This version of the legendary Octo features a flying tourbillon which at 1.95 mm is among the thinnest ever made. The case itself is just 5 mm thick. The calibre, which displays the hours and minutes on a black dial, is lacquered and polished. The 40 mm diameter case is in platinum.