Girard-Perregaux La Esmeralda Tourbillon "À secret"

Girard-Perregaux La Esmeralda Tourbillon “À secret”

The watch named “Esmeralda Tourbillon à Secret” is a one-off tribute by Girard-Perregaux to a watch built by Constant Girard-Perregaux, the brand’s founder. It is sumptuously decorated throughout, and has a tourbillon movement based on Constant’s innovative design in which the bridges were placed in view as decorative elements. It is “Secret” in that the…

Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon

Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon

The U50 Diver Tourbillon by Angelus is a large and colourful watch that combines the fascination of a skeletonized dial and movement with the theatricality of a tourbillon and the practicality of a diver’s watch. Generally a diving watch is a tool watch and so very often doesn’t have a display caseback. The Angelus U50…

TAG Heuer Carrera Tête de Vipère Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer

TAG Heuer Carrera Tête de Vipère Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer

The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T introduced in 2016 was exceptional as the cheapest Swiss-made tourbillon chronograph watch ever made at just under 15,000 Swiss francs. It was part of Jean-Claude Biver’s new concept for the brand, concentrating on “entry-level” watches priced between €1,500 and €5,000. This year, 2018, TAG Heuer presents the Tête de Vipère…

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet have done something absolutely incredible with the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph. You look at it, and at first sight, you don’t really understand what’s going on. You seem to be looking into a well, a deep opening, with the movement apparently suspended from the openworked wedge-like brackets that dominate the front of…

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Carbon

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Carbon

Roger Dubuis has launched a partnership deal with Pirelli, the tyre company that sponsors Milan football club F.C. Internazionale, with its black and blue livery (click here to read about the Excalibur Spider Pirelli). The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Carbon seems to have been designed to keep the other Milanese team – A.C. Milan –…

Manufacture Royale ADN

ADN by Manufacture Royale is a tourbillon watch with a contemporary look and an interesting display. The name is the French version of DNA. The principal display at the top of the dial shows local time, by means of a disc with a window that jumps from one hour to the next – the hour…

Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Casino de Monte-Carlo

After similar one-off pieces dedicated to the Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, and the Grand Prix de Monaco (both 2016), Ateliers deMonaco have presented the Tourbillon Casino de Monte-Carlo. A single piece depicting the Montecarlo casino on the dial, powered by the brand’s tourbillon movement XP1. I had imagined that this sort of watch was…

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery G0A42204

Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery G0A42204

Piaget have introduced a tourbillon in its Altiplano collection for the first time. The Altiplano Tourbillon High Jewellery G0A42204 is part of the 60th anniversary celebrations for Altiplano, launched in 1957. Altiplano’s ultra-thin case and minimalist dial brought it immediate success and determined its staying-power in the world of watches. Case and dial The watch…

Bovet 1822 Récital 20 Astérium

Bovet 1822 Récital 20 Astérium

The Récital 20 Astérium by Bovet 1822 is a watch that keeps track of astronomical time. Instead of using the usual perpetual calendar function, in which the watch takes the leap year cycle into account, and so adding an extra day every four years, the Astérium follows the true course of time, determined by the…

de Grisogono New Retro Skeleton Tourbillon

de Grisogono New Retro Skeleton Tourbillon

Fawaz Gruosi of de Grisogono launched the New Retro collection two years ago. These rectangular, 1950s style watches were inspired by the shape of his cigar case, and feature a watchcase consisting of two curving sapphire crystals united by a gold caseband. New Retro had a degree of resemblance to another period design, the East…

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Several brands do these super-modern skeletonized tourbillons, in which the architecture is reduced to the minimum. Roger Dubuis creates star-shaped bridges, Blancpain does sci-fi spiky, Cartier does its amazing Astrotourbillon. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon has a rectangular geometry for the bridge visible from the front, creating a watch of incredible simplicity, dominated by…

Romain Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon

Romain Jerome Tourbillon Pokémon

This is an edition limited to one single watch. It combines a tourbillon movement probably made by Concepto for Romain Jerome, and a hand-painted dial featuring the Pokémon characters. Romain Jerome has an ongoing cooperation with The Pokémon Company International, giving this watch an exclusive rarity value. They say that it will be assigned on…

Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art

Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art

A graffiti artist goes to the metro station, chooses an expanse of wall in a stairwell, and creates an enormous colourful composition. Then a few days or weeks later, along come the municipal painters who repaint the wall. All that is left of the graffiti artist’s work is the stair handrail, still decorated with gaudy…

Bovet Virtuoso VIII Flying Tourbillon Big Date

Bovet Virtuoso VIII Flying Tourbillon Big Date

At first sight, it’s a tourbillon watch with a big date, but there is more to the Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII than meets the eye. One thing is difficult to see in the official photos: the case is slightly angled, wedge-form, only 4.5° but nonetheless it creates a sort of theatrical stage effect. In the…

Anura Rafael Write Time pen and tourbillon watch

Anura Rafael Write Time

Great name, and a perfect description of this product. The Write Time by Anura Rafael is a tourbillon watch housed in a conical sapphire crystal case, that can be converted into a fountain pen. It recalls the days when watchmakers strived to create curious objects for the enjoyment of their wealthy patrons, people like Pierre…

Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon

Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon

For Cartier, one of the themes of the year 2017 is the mystery clock, a concept that they have now transferred to watches. The Rotonde De Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Hour Watch sets the hour and minute hands floating in space; the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon instead showcases the tourbillon which rotates…

Manufacture Royale 1770 Flying Tourbillon Openwork

With the 1770 Flying Tourbillon Openwork, Manufacture Royale gives the existing Androgyne Royale a different, even more elemental case. While in the Androgyne Royale there were an indication of the hours by means of 12 screws on the bezel, in the new 1770 Flying Tourbillon watch for 2017, the case is smooth and circular, and…