The Tourbillon Watch

The Tourbillon watch is one of the mechanical wrist and pocket watches, and is one of the most complex structures in the world of watches, which can be manufactured by only a few watchmakers.

Tourbillon comes from the French “whirlwind” and was invented in 1800 by Abraham-Louis Breguet. The famous watchmakers wanted to create a design that compensates for inaccuracies transition in mechanical watches. So he came in 1795 to the “tourbillon regulator” (the official name for a tourbillon construction), which was patented it in 1801 in Paris.

The Tourbillon is a movable cage in mechanics, are located in the balance and escapement and rotates in a certain rhythm on its own axis. So vertical position error can be compensated. In tourbillon wristwatches compensation can not be reached to 100%, since the watch carrier is usually too much and to move violently, so that inaccuracies can not be completely balanced. In the pocket, for the tourbillon construction was originally intended, the compensation works better, but can also exist small inaccuracies remain due to inter alia temperature influences.

Due to the high difficulty in the production of tourbillon watches only small quantities are usually manufactured, which are correspondingly expensive and very popular among collectors. In our shop you will find Tourbillon watches, z. B. from  Ingersoll  . An aesthetic peculiarity of tourbillon watches is that the tourbillon is mostly seen through a window in the dial and thus offers a unique insight into the mechanism of a clock.

Since the development of the tourbillon construction in the 19th century there were some watchmakers who developed the famous bogie. The watchmaker Alfred Helwig developed z. B. 1920, the so-called “flying tourbillon”, in which the cage is mounted only on the bottom and omitted the upper bridge for storage. The Tourbillon watch is one such. As well as the minute repeater, to watches with complications.