The Duke of Orleans, cousin of Louis XVI of France, can take credit for introducing English watchmaker John Arnold to Switzerland's Abraham-Louis Breguet. The two would become firm friends, each in his own way associated with the invention of the tourbillon regulator.
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Ahead of Baselworld, Breguet presents a Classique Tourbillon in its simplest attire so as to focus all attention on the beauty of its tourbillon regulator. The movement is similarly understated at just 3mm thick.
Hard stones return to Piaget with this new edition of the Altiplano Tourbillon, its dial a skilful marquetry of malachite or lapis-lazuli.
IWC Schaffhausen is turning 150 this year. To celebrate this milestone, the company is set to unveil a special Jubilee collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva comprising a total of 27 limited-edition models from the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watches and Da Vinci families.
In 2018, Audemars Piguet celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, which first launched in 1993. For its pre-SIHH event, the Swiss watchmaker presents three new versions of the iconic sports watch: a re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph, as well as a new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph with a contemporary dial design developed in two versions.
With its Endeavour Tourbillon Concept, H. Moser & Cie brings out the technical and aesthetic essence of the mechanism. The Schaffhausen watchmaker chooses a minimalist approach to design, and a dial bereft of logo or indexes, to heighten the visual impact of the tourbillon. This modern rewriting of the tourbillon is also a total immersion in horological elegance. Nothing remains beyond the essential: 100% Swiss, contemporary traditional watchmaking.
A direct descendant of the 1975 original, the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton connects then and now while continuing Girard-Perregaux's distinctive approach to watchmaking. Crafted for precision, this 2017 version is openworked to the extreme, revealing its flying tourbillon.
Mechanical power meets pedal power! The RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost, designed in consultation with the four-times F1 World Champion, goes the distance. One neat feature of this 30-piece limited edition is the innovative odometer, to keep track of kilometres covered.
The Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant "Poinçon de Genève" Pavée is a genuine tour de force, this being the first time that a gem-set movement has been hallmarked with the Poinçon de Genève.