Baselworld 2015 is over, and we’ve seen a number of new tourbillon watches among the offerings. Here’s a look back at the most interesting, clever, and daring variations on the now-ubiquitous tourbillon watch presented in this year and last year..
For its Breguet Classique Tourbillon Quantième Perpetuel, which combines a tourbillon with a perpetual calendar, Breguet (the modern brand named for the tourbillon’s inventor) strove for an intuitive display of the indications by lifting the hours and minutes chapter to the foreground of the dial, above the one-minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock. A triple hand on the tourbillon cage indicates the seconds, a subdial at 9 o’clock with an engine-turned wave pattern shows the days, and a blued steel hand at 3 o’clock points to the months on another subdial with an engine-turned sunburst finish. At this subdial’s center, a blue sun provides the leap year indication. For more on this watch (including live photos taken at Baselworld), click here.
TAG Heuer’s Monaco V4 Tourbillon, the next generation of the brand’s game-changing Monaco V4, uses a system of micro-belts — just 0.7 mm thick, thinner than a single human hair — to drive the tourbillon cage rather than traditional gears. The result, TAG claims, is no backlash on the tourbillon and a more fluid rotation of its cage. The timepiece is also equipped with an automatic, linear “railroad” rewinding system, as opposed to a more traditional swinging rotor. Click here for more details and photos of the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon.
Another of Baselworld’s most talked-about watches was the Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon. Its tourbillon mechanism is designed on three planes, rather than the traditional one, and uses a triple-cage tourbillon for which a domed lens needed to be integrated into sapphire crystal to provide extra space. The regulation of the movement occurs on three separate axes: a traditional tourbillon at the center, making one rotation every 60 seconds; which is integrated into a structure on a second axis, rotating every 30 seconds; with both then inserted into another system, on yet a third axis, which makes one rotation every two minutes. Click here for more details.
Dubey & Schaldenbrand unveiled a “masterpiece” watch at the fair that combined haute horlogerie with haute joallerie. The Dubey & Schaldenbrand Coeur Blanc (“white heart”) is set with an astonishing 709 “invisible-set” baguette diamonds, including 255 on the dial, 400 on the case and lugs, and 54 on the buckle. The in-house-developed movement has a tourbillon cage, showcasing the balance wheel beating at 21,600 vph, at 6 o’clock. Skeletonized blued steel hands complete the glittering picture. Only three pieces of the Coeur Blanc will be made.