A tourbillon is regarded as the pinnacle of watchmaking achievement, as it is one of the most visually stunning and horologically advanced complications. A rotating cage houses the tourbillon, originally developed for pocket watches, to negate the effects of gravity when luxury watches are kept in a static position.
The craftsmanship and developed nuanced expertise in constructing fantastic tourbillon timepieces are mastered by only a few watchmakers today. Now, tourbillon luxury watches from premium brands are coveted by watchmakers across the globe.
Here are some of the best tourbillon timepieces to keep an eye out for the next time you go watch hunting.
Omega De Ville Tourbillon
The DeVille assortment is considered one of the finest innovations by Omega. This tourbillon timepiece has the Omega calibre 2635, a self-winding movement featuring a coaxial escapement. It offers water resistance up to 30 mm. In addition, the red gold case blends well with the stunning brown leather strap.
TAG Heuer Carrera
The TAG Heuer Carrera is equipped with the Swiss-made automatic calibre Heuer 02T, which has a 65-hour power reserve and runs at a frequency of 28,800 vph. The one-minute flying tourbillon cage made of titanium and carbon serves as the centrepiece of this certified chronometer. The black skeletonised dial, housed in a 45mm titanium black PVD case, has a 1/4th-seconds counter, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter, and luminescent indexes plated in rhodium.
On the lugs and the fixed bezel, polished carbon has been used for better efficiency. This 100m-water-resistant luxury watch gives off an adventurous and fun feel about it thanks to the black rubber strap.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon
The tourbillon is housed in a sapphire crystal case by Jaquet Droz. The tourbillon in this product resembles a flying tourbillon in style and appears to be floating in the air as it revolves around itself. The addition of the tourbillon’s visual mechanics benefits the plain-looking Grande Seconde watch dials. These resemble high-end timepieces. The 43mm wide case of the Grande Seconde Tourbillon comes in white or rose gold. The rose gold version has a grand feu enamel dial with a more conventional appearance, in contrast to the white gold version's slate-coloured dial with Geneva stripes.
Breguet Tourbillon Messidor 5335
This Breguet watch’s most distinctive features are the 5335's tourbillon at 6:00 and the open-worked skeleton dial. The "flying tourbillon" mechanism, which is placed in between two sapphire crystals, is the watch's focal point. This luxury watch looks like it has the tourbillon suspended in its bubble and floating inside the case. This optical illusion adds to the appeal of this timepiece.