The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 25th Anniversary celebrates 25 years of the Royal Oak model
The tourbillon (which is French for “whirlwind”) is an extra mechanism to the escapement of a watch. It aims to counter the effects of gravity by mounting the escapement and balance wheel in a rotating cage. This negates the effect of gravity when the timepiece, thus the escapement, is stuck in a certain position. Because of the continuous rotation of the entire balance wheel and escapement assembly positional errors are averaged out.
The tourbillon was developed around 1795 and patented by the French-Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet on June 26, 1801 as an attempt to improve accuracy.
The (mechanical) mechanisms of modern watches are so accurate that a tourbillon is not really necessary. Still, they can be found on (mostly expensive) watches, but more as a demonstration of watchmaking virtuosity.
Watches with a tourbillon
The Arnold & Son Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 Gunmetal is a new version of the No. 36, now with dark grey DLC coating
This new thin tourbillon, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367, is much cleaner than its predecessor
The name of the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5377 says it all: it is only 7 millimeters thick and very classic
The Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon comes with a blue or white enamel dial and features UN’s new UN-128 caliber
The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Bridges 40 mm shows GP’s heritage as the basics come from the 1860s
The Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390 is a tribute to the newest Bugatti car named Chiron. Just like the car: extravagant and cool
A mouth full: the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium 10-day Flying Tourbillon Night Sky Annual Calendar with Astronomical Functions
The Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.3 Chronometer is the third execution of the FB 1 Chronometer and comes in a platinum case
The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Retrograde is one of the most high-end Portofino’s from Schaffhausen