Tourbillon

A tourbillon is a device meant to compensate for the effects of gravity on a mechanical watch. Tourbillon watches are very complex and usually very expensive, as a tourbillon watch movement are very difficult to create. WatchTime offers reviews, insights and pictures of dozens of tourbillon watches, with both modern and vintage watches covered.

7 Milestone Omega Watches, from 1892 to Today

Omega Speedmaster, 1957

In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our "Omega Milestones" E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 most important watches Omega has ever made. For the complete E-Special listing all 25, click here to download it from WatchTime's online store. … [Read more...]

New from Baselworld 2014: Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull - white

Hublot, the watch brand known for its "fusion" of materials, unveils another new case material — and some very eye-catching design elements in the movement— with its Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull, the latest in its series of "skull" watches, introduced at the recent Baselworld 2014 watch fair. … [Read more...]

7 Standout Tourbillon Watches from Baselworld 2014

Arnold & Son Royal TEC1

Baselworld 2014 is in the rearview mirror, and as we reported throughout the show, several watch brands  released interesting, clever, and even daring variations on the now-ubiquitous tourbillon watch. Here, we round up seven of the most notable new tourbillons, including a few you may not have read much about yet. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Bulgari Octo Finissimo is New “World’s Thinnest Tourbillon”

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon

Recently, we ran a list of record-setting ultra-thin watches. At Baselworld 2014, Bulgari went for the title of "world's thinnest tourbillon movement" with its new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, a new timepiece with a movement thickness of only 1.95 mm — thinner than a Swiss five-franc coin — and a case thickness of a mere 5 mm. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon Unveiled at Baselworld 2014

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon - front

TAG Heuer's headliner watch from Baselworld 2014 is the newest generation of its game-changing TAG Heuer Monaco V4, first introduced as a concept watch in 2004. The new Monaco V4 Tourbillon takes the V4 technology to the next level: it is the world's first tourbillon watch driven by belts. … [Read more...]

Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon Debuts at Baselworld 2014

Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon

Following up last year's Constant Escapement, Girard-Perregaux flexes its horological muscles again at this year's Baselworld with the introduction of the Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon, a limited edition of 10 watches in rose-gold cases. … [Read more...]

New Hublot Watches Launch at Baselworld 2014

Hublot 150

On Wednesday at Baselworld, Hublot presented its first bi-retrograde watch as well as a new minute repeater tourbillon. The Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono is the official watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is specially designed for soccer lovers. The brand also introduced Hublot's second minute repeater tourbillon, the Classic Fusion Cathedral. Below, you’ll find details and new images of … [Read more...]

5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

Breguet 5733 BR

As we've seen in recent years — and most especially at this year's SIHH — watch brands are pulling out all the stops to achieve new records not only in thinness, but in the level of complication and complexity that they pack into those super-slim movements and cases. Here are five recent examples of timepieces that (at least for the moment) have set records for thinness in their respective … [Read more...]

Video: Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica 11

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Jaeger-LeCoultre's Hybris Mechanica 11 — also known as the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon — was among the highlight pieces of this year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva. The ultra-complicated timepiece, JLC told us, is the "thinnest minute repeater on the market" and also boasts automatic winding and a flying tourbillon fitted with a flying balance wheel. (Click here to read … [Read more...]

Audio: Excerpts from our Interview with Arnold & Son Watchmaker Sébastien Chaulmontet

Sebastien Chaulmontet of Arnold & Son

In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher gives you the skinny on Arnold & Son's Ultra-Thin tourbillon watch, the UTTE, in an in-depth watch test. Click below for audio excerpts from Disher's one-on-one interview with the man behind the watch, Arnold & Son's head of movement development, Sébastien Chaulmontet. … [Read more...]

Video: Arnold & Son UTTE

Arnold & Son UTTE Ultra Thin Tourbillon

In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher gives you the skinny on Arnold & Son's Ultra-Thin tourbillon watch, the UTTE, in an in-depth watch test. Click below to view a video of the watch, shot exclusively for WatchTime by the story's photographer, Robert Atkinson. … [Read more...]

Video: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual

In the March-April 2014 issue of WatchTime, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher conducts an in-depth watch test of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual. Click here to view a video of the watch, shot exclusively for WatchTime by the story's photographer, Robert Atkinson. … [Read more...]

14 Millestone Audemars Piguet Watches, From the First Minute Repeater to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

WT Spotlight - Audemars Piguet

Watchtime Spotlight: Audemars Piguet – 14 Milestone Audemars Piguet watches Download this FREE feature and expand your knowledge about the 14 most important timepieces in more than a century of Audemars Piguet watches. The story of Audemars Piguet is one of constant innovation. From their earliest days, Audemars Piguet watches have been recognized for their boldness in both design and … [Read more...]

Milestone Cartier Watches: From the Cartier Santos to the Calibre de Cartier

WT Spotlight - Cartier Roadster

Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of Cartier watch history with this comprehensive collection of 23 historic Cartier watches! Everyone knows the name Cartier symbolizes luxurious and beautiful jewelry. But Cartier watches also display a passion for technology and innovation. This FREE downloadable feature from WatchTime magazine introduces you to the 23 most important … [Read more...]

The 3 Biggest Surprises at SIHH 2014

Baume & Mercier Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon

I know, I know, you are supposed to expect the unexpected. Even so, I did not expect what Baume & Mercier, Greubel Forsey and Cartier unveiled at last week’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Here are the three biggest surprises of SIHH 2014. … [Read more...]

Advertisement: Jaeger-LeCoultre 2014 Collection

JLC Master-Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

Jaeger-LeCoultre has released an array of new timepieces at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held in Geneva this week. Click here for detailed information and photos of the all-new Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon as well as new watches from the Grande Reverso, Duomètre, and Master Ultra Thin collections. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: 3 New Chronograph Watches

Cartier Chrono tourbillon

As per usual, this year's SIHH watch fair has already yielded a number of super-high-end complicated watches with tourbillons, repeaters, and all manner of other horological magic. But let's not overlook the most popular complicated watch, the (relatively) humble chronograph; the watchmakers at Cartier, Roger Dubuis, and Jaeger-LeCoultre certainly didn't. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Roger Dubuis Unveils Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon with Hand-Made Guilloché

RD Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon -angle

We've already given you a taste of the new Roger Dubuis watches at SIHH 2014, courtesy of our Watch Insider, Alexander Linz. Now the WatchTime team has gotten a detailed look at all of the new models, including the headliner watch that was kept under wraps until the show: the Roger Dubuis Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Baume & Mercier Joins the Tourbillon Club

Baume & Mercier Clifton Flying Tourbllon

On Day One of the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, the WatchTime team saw some watches up close and personal that we'd already seen as previews — and then, there were a few surprises. One of those was from "affordable luxury" watch brand Baume & Mercier, which broke with tradition with the introduction of its first tourbillon watch, the Baume & Mercier … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 5 Amazing Views Inside the A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Tourbillon

A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Tourbillon

In the photo essay "Through the Looking Glass" in WatchTime's December 2008 issue, we took readers inside the micro-mechanical wonderland of A. Lange & Söhne's Cabaret Tourbillon. Now these exclusive images by photographer Jorg Wischmann are available as downloadable wallpaper for your computer's desktop. … [Read more...]