tourbillon

  • Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon Large Date Watch With Trick Rotor

    Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon Large Date Watch With Trick Rotor

    The name of this watch doesn't actually include its most thrilling feature. For 2011, this is the Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon Large Date watch. It is true that it has a flying tourbillon and a big date indicator but turn it over and you see the power reserve indicator on the rotor. Complications on rotors seem to be really "in" this year. In 2011 alone, on automatic rotors, we have seen… Read More

  • Hublot's Complicated F1 Tourbillon Chronograph Watch

    Hublot's Complicated F1 Tourbillon Chronograph Watch

    I am not always sure what Jean-Claude Biver is thinking. The machine-gun minded Swiss CEO covers so many bases when deciding what new Hublot watches are made that it can be almost impossible to predict what will come next. However, I do know one thing: Mr. Biver is watch lover. It might sound ironic, or silly, but when a watch lover runs a watch brand, it is a good thing. And trust me, not all… Read More

  • High-End Revelation Watches Use Polarized Lens To Reveal Movement

    High-End Revelation Watches Use Polarized Lens To Reveal Movement

    Here is something new. I just learned about Revelation watch and am rather impressed with some of the elements in this watch. When it will be ready I have no idea, but there are a few things neat about this piece. Most notable is the dial that goes from solid to clear. Meaning you can have a more traditional flat black dial with hour indicators, or one that is totally open with a view into the… Read More

  • Hublot Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon & Column Wheel Chronograph Watch Hands-On

    Hublot Cathedral Minute Repeater Tourbillon & Column Wheel Chronograph Watch Hands-On

    The horological highlight from Hublot this year was the long-named "Cathedral" Minute Repeater Tourbillon and Column Wheel Chronograph watch. In a King Power style case, this watch boasts a case formed out of carbon fiber and a very complex movement that has (Yup, you guessed it!) the time, a tourbillon, a minute repeater, and a chronograph. Read More

  • Ulysse Nardin "Alexander The Great" Minute Repeater Watch With Automatons

    Ulysse Nardin "Alexander The Great" Minute Repeater Watch With Automatons

    Woaw that's a long name for a watch! It goes back to my classic statement, the longer the name of a watch, the more the brand wishes for you to take it seriously. I supposed the reason that the name of this watch is so long is because it is a new piece in an ongoing series of tourbillon minute repeater watches with automatons by Ulysse Nardin. The last two in the Minute Repeater Westminster… Read More

  • Jacob & Co. Cyclone Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

    Jacob & Co. Cyclone Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

    Boy, what do I even say about this one? Jacob & Co.'s new ultra high-end, non diamond-studded watch for 2011 is this Cyclone Tourbillon. The watch has a large escapement which is actually on the front-mounted automatic rotor. Having things on the rotor is sort of a trend this year as Cartier did something similar with their Astroregulateur watch and Blancpain has a power reserve indicator on a… Read More

  • The Gagarin Tourbillon Watch

    The Gagarin Tourbillon Watch

    Ironically enough I was just thinking about BLU, and what ever happened to it? The cool high-end brand did some neat stuff with dials, but I haven't heard anything about them in at least a year or two. Well now I know. BLU's Bernhard Lederer is (BLU = Bernhard Lederer Universe) is on to other projects, and this is it - The Gagarin Tourbillon. Read More

  • A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Merite” Watch Hands-On

    A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Merite” Watch Hands-On

    One of the best surprises at SIHH 2011 was how much I enjoyed the A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon "Pour le Merite." The regulator style watch took influence from a pocket watch made in the Dresden area a while back. It had three overlapping subdials, with one for the hours, minutes, and seconds. Lange took the concept and added to it some very complex mechanical features that make… Read More

  • De Bethune DB25 Dead Beat Tourbillon Regulator Watch

    De Bethune DB25 Dead Beat Tourbillon Regulator Watch

    I will repeat to you the words that I recently told De Bethune's CEO. There are expensive watches that I really appreciate and know that I would strongly consider getting them if I had the money. Then there is De Bethune, that actually makes me angry I cannot afford it." I've written about De Bethune a bit over the years - not having too much experience with the pieces. But recently I was… Read More

  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept CS1 Tourbillon GMT Watch

    Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept CS1 Tourbillon GMT Watch

    I was really happy to see a new Royal Oak Concept watch. It is hard to explain where this collection fits in to the Audemars Piguet watch collection. They aren't quite Royal Oaks, and they aren't quite Royal Oak Offshores. Rather, they are highly futuristic looking high-end watches that are another Royal Oak collection all together. Read More

 
  • Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin Watch Hands-On

    Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic Ultra-Thin Watch Hands-On

    Piaget was really proud about releasing this watch, but also I think they were a bit nervous as to the reaction. The design of it is very experimental and not something you are used to with a typically clean face Piaget watch. The brand's highly popular Altiplano Automatic 43 has a dial that is thematically opposite to this tourbillon. What they share is a "thin" outlook on life. They are both… Read More

  • A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Merite” Watch

    A. Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Merite” Watch

    2011 will experience the release of this new fusee and chain transmission watch from Glashutte, Germany based A. Lange & Sohne. To be honest, fusee and chain movement watches excite me a lot more than tourbillons. Not that they are mutually exclusive, but I really love the idea that there is a tiny hand-made (bicycle style) chain in a watch helping to move power from the mainspring to the… Read More

  • Zenith El Primero Tourbillon Watch

    Zenith El Primero Tourbillon Watch

    This is actually a tourbillon watch I would wear daily. Zenith's new El Primero collection of watches is a thing of beauty. I have been eying them for a while, enjoying how they look on the wrist. They have now announced a tourbillon version of it. Now most of the time when a company takes a new collection and shoves in a tourbillon I hardly take real notice, but in this instance Zenith has put… Read More

  • The Thomas Prescher floating tourbillon

    The Thomas Prescher floating tourbillon

    What can you do to make the tourbillon even more precious? How about you skeletonize it until it is completely hidden in the bezel? This amazing one-off piece was made by Thomas Prescher and that little wheel in the middle there is the tourbillon mounted balance wheel. It is wound by the spinning of that flat plate on the bottom and the dials display the date. The time appears on the cylinders on… Read More

  • Swatch to release $8,000 Turn to Him and Turn to Her tourbillons

    Swatch to release $8,000 Turn to Him and Turn to Her tourbillons

    A little bird sent us these images Swatch's upcoming Tourbillon collection, the Turn to Her and Turn to Him. I don't have much information but I do know that Swatch used to make automatic mechanical movements but stopped some time in this decade. This new movement appears to use a rotating cage to move the balance wheel in a full rotation around the central stalk, a design decision which differs… Read More

  • Tourbillon Timepiece Defines Luxury

    Tourbillon Timepiece Defines Luxury

    When going out on the town and trying to pick up chicks, I usually settle for my Mickey Mouse Armitron watch. However, when I heard that Hickey was coming with me to pick up dudes in the restroom, I opted for something a bit classier. Meet the Tourbillon Timepiece from Avianne & Co. The ultimate definition of class and luxury, this $65,000 watch comes with a mother-of-pearl round face, a… Read More