When the word ‘tourbillon’ comes into a conversation, you’d likely start imagining a crazy expensive old-school high-profile watch that gets most of its wrist time in super safe environment. Well, accept the price, all these fundamentals are no longer obligatory, for there are enough tourbillon watches that play by their own standards.
When a horology brand teams up with a world renowned athlete, the watch in question usually appears to be of a sporty sort. Arnold & Son decided to take a different path and let Sir.Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah, the most decorated Brit in the history of modern Olympic Games, to endorse two classically-themed complicated watches, including the magnificent Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Escapement. Sure, it’s not exactly a new model, but the piece utilizes a concept so beautiful and poetic, that it hasn’t aged a day.
Everything here comes in couples: Two sub-dials each featuring hour and minute hands with Roman numerals for local time and Arabic numerals for away time, two independent regulating organs, each with a tourbillon, and even two crowns to set both pairs of hands independently. The hand-wound movement has a solid 90-hour power reserve and is housed in a stunning round 43.5 mm red gold case complemented by an alligator leather strap.
De Bethune is famous for its futuristic aesthetics and a certain taste for blued titanium. And celebrates the 10th anniversary of the staple DB28 watch, the brand combines all its essentials with a transparency masterclass. In many ways the new DB28 Steel Wheels Sapphire Tourbillon follows the DB28 Steel Wheels, introduced a couple of years ago, but this time the trademark delta-shaped bridge sitting in the center of the dial is made of blue sapphire crystal. In terms of indication, we’ve got only hours, minutes, and a beautifully hand-blued steel power reserve hand on the back side.
The manually wound movement is a hi-tech beast, beating at 5HZ and comprising a super lightweight thirty-seconds tourbillon visible at 6. Thanks to its two-barrel construction, it can run for 5 full days without your interference. As always, the round 43mm titanium case is complemented by the crown at 12 o’clock as well as signature floating lugs, ensuring the perfect fit for every wrist size.
The chase for modern aesthetics should never be started with Breguet, right? Wrong! Just look at the fantastically chic Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge. Again the watch is a follow-up to the already existing concept, but now appearing in an almost dial-less form with all the mechanical action happening right before our eyes. Thing become even more spectacular, considering the hour hand is actually a bridge for two one-minute tourbillons, and the whole movement is basically a carousel, making a full revolution every 12 hours.
Manually wound double-barrel movement has a 50-hour power reserve and, as one would expect, is meticulously decorated including several bridges forming the signature B letter and a hand-engraved image of Quai de l’Horloge, the Parisian building where Abraham-Louis Breguet worked in his heyday. Housed in a 46mm platinum case the watch is complemented by a huge domed sapphire crystal and a slate leather-on-rubber strap.
One look at Richard Mille RM 27-04 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal is likely enough to crown it as the sportiest tourbillon ever produced. The new signature watch of great Spanish tennis champion comes even more technically satisfying then its predecessors. The case is made of a super durable titanium-carbon polyamide and weights only 30 grams including the fabric strap. The fully skeletonized tourbillon movement is manually wound and comes fixed to a bar pattern resembling a tennis racket and being actually a single tiny steel cable, passing again and again through the hollow bezel.
Suspended within the case the movement is able to survive accelerations of 12,000 g’s, and of course it’s a record too. Actually, Nadal has recently won his 13th Roland Garros with this guy on the wrist, so what else does this watch need to prove? In terms of time telling, the things are pretty minimalistic with central hours and minutes. The tourbillon, however, would surely hypnotize the lucky owners for long hours to come.
Oct. 15, 2020