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 from the standard stationary tourbillon cage.
This looks like a limited edition movement and the guy’s model is beefier than the iced-up ladies’ model. It seems to come in a limited, numbered edition and may be similar to the special edition tourbillon sold quite a while ago.
UPDATE – It looks like it will cost $8000
A tourbillon is a rotating cage that turns a balance wheel to offset the effects of gravity. It’s been quite popular of late but Chines manufacturers have essentially perfected the low-cost tourbillon and with the economy it may be a good idea to convince the world at large that a turby is the right way to go for your next watch. Here’s a demo of a Glashutte model.