Watch spotlight: A look at tourbillons in luxury watches
Light as a cloud
The Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton is the first Vacheron Constantin watch made entirely of titanium — including its case, crown, bezel and bracelet. Driven by the self-winding in-house Calibre 2160, the 42.5mm timepiece features a tourbillon with a cage inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese cross.
With the Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon, Chopard’s sport-chic watch family extends its range of complications. Housed in a 41mm case made of the brand’s exclusive and exceptionally bright Lucent Steel A223 and powered by the L.U.C 96.24-L automatic movement, the timepiece bears both chronometer certification and the Geneva Seal.
Right on top
The tourbillon is a classic feature that encloses the balance, balance spring and escapement in a rotating cage, so as to cancel out the effects on gravity on timekeeping. Presented in a 41mm platinum case, Breguet’s Tradition Tourbillon 7047 takes things a step further with another classic component, the fusee-and-chain mechanism, which ensures a constant supply of energy to the movement.
Breitling has created three editions of its new Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon 42, each named after a Breitling founding father. The one you see here is the Willy Breitling. Cased in platinum, the 42mm timepiece is powered by the self-winding Calibre B21. Combining a tourbillon and a chronograph, the movement was developed by Breitling together with specialty movement maker La Joux-Perret.
Comprising a 42mm case and integrated bracelet, the full platinum body of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon gives it a minimalist and sophisticated character. Through a cut-out at 7 o’clock on the sandblasted platinum dial, a flying tourbillon is revealed. This 25-piece special edition is powered by the in-house PF517 movement with a micro-rotor.
New gold standard
The Richard Mille RM 74-02 In-House Automatic Tourbillon may not look like your typical gold watch, but it actually contains plenty of the precious metal. Firstly, its case — which measures 52.63mm by 34.4mm — features a bezel and caseback made from a combination of Carbon TPT and gold leaf. Its caseband is made of red gold, and even its skeletonised baseplate and bridges are made of yellow or red gold.
To celebrate Cortina Watch’s recent 50th anniversary, Franck Muller created five unique editions of the Vanguard Revolution 3. One of the brand’s biggest innovations, the Revolution 3 was first unveiled in 2004 and features a tri-axial tourbillon. Our pick of the five is this diamond-set version, featuring a 55.9mm by 46mm white gold case set with 225 baguette-cut diamonds.