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.

Tough and Transparent: Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire - front

Richard Mille pioneered the use of an all-sapphire watch case with its RM 056 Sapphire Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph in 2011, and upped the technological ante with the subsequent debut of the RM 56-01, which also had baseplates, bridges and a third wheel made of sapphire. This year sees the debut of another innovation, the Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 56-02 Sapphire, which combines a tripartite sapphire case with the brand's revolutionary "cabled movement" design. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: 4 New Vacheron Constantin Watches Debut at Moscow Boutique

Vacheron Constatin - dial

Vacheron Constantin recently opened a new boutique in Moscow. As is the brand's tradition when opening a new flagship store, new limited edition watches are being introduced to coincide with it. (For example, Vacheron inaugurated its Paris boutique with a series of very nice pink gold and guilloche-dial watches and with the very stylish 1972 Prestige. For its new Russian store, Vacheron is introducing black-dial versions of 4 of its most iconic models. … [Read more...]

7 Standout Tourbillon Watches Launched This Year

Arnold & Son Royal TEC1

Today marks the birthday of the patent for Abraham Louis-Breguet's most famous invention, the tourbillon, so what better time to re-visit our post-Baselworld 2014 feature on this year's most interesting, clever, and daring variations on the now-ubiquitous tourbillon watch? Scroll down to get the scoop on seven notable new tourbillon watches making their debut this year. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s Top 5 Most Popular Watches on Instagram

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in black ceramic with moon bkgd

Did you know that WatchTime has an Instagram page, in which we regularly post a plethora of watch images, from "soldier' shots provided by the brands to original photography by WatchTime's own expert photojournalists to live "wristies" snapped at watch fairs and events? Here are, currently, the top five most "liked" Instagram photos on our page... … [Read more...]

Look, Ma, No Hands: 8 Watches That Tell Time Differently

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The vast majority of watches stick to traditional hour and minute hands to display the time, but a handful of bold manufacturers use their technical prowess to find new, innovative, and often downright audacious methods to indicate the hours, minutes, and occasionally beyond. Below is a list of unusual watches that deviate from the conventional time-telling style, finding creative alternatives to hour and minute hands. … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: Top 10 Milestones from 10 Years of Greubel Forsey Watches

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30 Vision

Greubel Forsey, the boutique luxury watch brand specializing in complicated watches with multiple tourbillons, marks its 10th anniversary this year. Though it still produces only around 100 pieces per year, the Greubel Forsey watch brand has come a long way since its memorable debut at the 2004 Baselworld watch fair, and can look back on a decade of milestones. Here are the top 10. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Richard Mille RM 022 Aerodyne Dual Time Zone

Richard Mille RM022 Aerodyne - wrist shot

What’s so special about a Richard Mille watch? We all know about the exclusivity (less than 3,000 pieces per year), the impeccable quality, and the celebrity ambassadors. But there are many more features that added up to the success of this highly exclusive watch brand: exclusive materials, astonishing finishing, distinctive complications, innovations and a unique feeling that creates a desirable object. In order to understand what Richard Mille is all about, the Monochrome Watches team … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Imperial Blue Offers Westminster Chimes and Flying Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Imperial Blue

Ulysse Nardin has a notable history in chiming watches, from its Gold Medal-winning minute-repeater chronograph at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to modern timepieces such as last year's Stranger. At Baselworld 2014, Ulysse Nardin introduced its latest haut-de-gamme chiming watch, the Imperial Blue. … [Read more...]

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...]

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

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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 both watches. … [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 categories. … [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 our first impressions of the watch from SIHH.) During the official SIHH launch of the watch, for which … [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

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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 technology. This FREE download from WatchTime magazine gives you the stories behind 14 of history’s most … [Read more...]