The Feathers of Tourbillon Watches

October 28th, 2010 | watches |

The tourbillon watch was invented about 200 years ago by the great French watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet. Because of its exceptional beauty and technology, it has captivated the buying public, and the tourbillon watches is considered to be one of the most challenge of mechanical watches. However, since its high price, most people can’t afford turbillon watches of beauty.

As we all know, gravity is thought to have a very bad effect on the accuracy of timepieces. When the timepiece was placed vertically, the axis of motion of movements would be parallel to the ground, and thus the force of gravity would affect the parts of movement differently in different position. The parts may move with gravity or against the gravity, which will affect the rate of the movement. Therefore, the rate of the movement is changed and cause inaccuracy. In order to solve this problem, Tourbillon watches negate the effect of gravity by mounting the escapement and balance wheel into a carriage which rotates around the axis once per minute, and thus it can reduce the effect of gravity. It seems very simple, but it is very difficult to achieve this goal. There are two reasons. The first one is the weight of the carriage and tourbillon shouldn’t heavier than 0.3 grams which is equal to a feather of a swan. The other reason is that it is consisted of 72 meticulous components most of which is made by handwork. Due to the intensive labor and extreme difficulty of manufacturing these watches, there are a few manufacturers making tourbillon watches in the world. Tourbillon watches include double-axis tourbillon, double and quadruple tourbillon and triple-axis tourbillon.

In a word, undoubtedly it is one of most fascinating complications of mechanical watches and a visually wonderful work of art. It is also one of the most valued watches that collectors should have.