Mechanical watches are amazing. If you really boil it down to its individual components, you will marvel at its construction and the way it moves. But, there is one huge downside to the said timepiece in that gravity can affect the watch’s movement.
To help counteract this, a prominent watchmaker by the name of Abraham-Louis Breguet has created a mechanism that he calls the Tourbillon.
This mechanism pretty much houses the watch’s escapement- which is considered to be the ‘heart’ of the watch- inside a continuously rotating cage. This cage’s main purpose is to help event out the effects of gravity, ensuring that the watch keeps time as accurately as possible.
Although the mechanism isn’t placed in a watch for practical reasons anymore, one would have to admit that the tourbillon in wristwatches is a testament of true watchmaking virtuosity.
Keep in mind that tourbillon watches are expensive and the mechanism is only found in high-end watches. Be that as it may, if you are planning to buy one, I am going to recommend to you my top picks for this year.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic Watch
Bulgari is a brand that prides itself on the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch. At just 3.95 mm thick, you could wear it either for formal occasions or just casual affairs.
The beauty of this watch is reflected on its watch face as the company marries both Swiss precision with Italian creativity.
Keep in mind that if you are going to buy this watch, you’re going to have to hurry as there are only 50 pieces of these ever created. The watch sells for 125,000 Euros.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral
This watch, when looked at on the surface, may seem like a simple watch, but take a look at the backside and see the magic happen.
This watch makes use of the company’s peripheral oscillating weight which is the mechanism that you see when you look at the watch’s underbelly.
There is a small tourbillon mechanism visible on the watch face which is supported by ceramic ball bearings. The entire mechanism is encased in a pink gold case with elegant gold accents.
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton
If you are a fan of “skeleton” watches where you can pretty much see the tourbillon in action directly on the watch face, then this watch is for you.
It has an octagonal bezel and it continues the company’s Laureato design that was originally created back in 1975.
People can marvel at the tourbillon mechanism simply because of its skeletonized nature. You can even marvel at it from the backside as well as the company used a transparent case back.
The watch comes in two colors: white gold and rose gold, each having different prices.
Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon
The company’s rationale for creating their own tourbillon creation is to make the balance mechanism of the watch much larger than the tourbillon cage itself. This is to ensure that the mechanism pops out even more.
Although the main timekeeping feature of this is relatively small, its elegant design and its protruding mechanism pretty much make up for it.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer O2T COSC
The most inexpensive tourbillon watch in this list priced at only 15,250 Euros, the watch combines both the company’s COSC-certified chronometer technology along with their own implementation of a tourbillon regulator. It has a rather sporty look with a titanium case along with a ceramic bezel. And oh, the watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters as well.