Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine Ref. 30130/000P-9876 – A Visual Feast

The Caliber 2795, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin is a manual-winding movement made out of 169 small intricate components. This 27 jewel masterpiece is a tourbillon and operates at the 2.5 Hz or 18,000 vibrations/hour range. The main springs has approximately 45 hours power reserve.

Taking this beautiful movement, Vacheron Constantin married it into a 950 platinum curving 38 x 48.24 casing. This tonneau-shaped movement perfectly tailored to the case. Hence the birth of a 50 unit production run of the Malte Tourbillon Collection Excellence Platine.

The dial comes in a sandblasted finish with white gold Roman numerals and hour-markers. The mesmerizing tourbillon bearing the seconds hand sits at the 6 o’clock position.

The display case back with the large bridge in the center, gives an impression that the heart of the movement, the toubillon, has its own separate location compared to the rest of the mechanism. Regardless of the actual setup of the Caliber, it is a visual feast.

Whoever has the opportunity to get this watch is a very lucky person.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Watch In White Gold – A Disappointment, Expected More

The latest incarnation of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain comes in white gold casing and a titanium dial. The design of the dial itself is exquisite and generates a three-dimensional effect.

To make the illusion that the regulator is floating in mid-air, the designers used a transparent synthetic sapphire bridge. Unfortunately, in the photo below, the bridge is obvious to see and the use of such a crystal when such material is not used in other parts of the watch makes it stand out like a sore thumb.

I also question the design philosophy for the display case-back. I don’t get it. Aren’t you suppose to use this opportunity to flaunt the engineering marvel? Why hide them behind sub-panels? Is the only interesting thing to see is the main gears???

I expected more and unfortunately Greubel Forsey disappointed me. I expected art in design, I expected to see exotic material, I expected to see engineering marvel……

Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Mars Watch – the one and only

The Louis Moinet Meteoris Tourbillon Mars watch has a piece of the “Jiddat al Harasis 479 meteorite”, a meteorite for the planet Mars which fell on Earth some 180 million years ago.

The watch also features 56 baguette cut diamonds on the case bezel and lugs.

The watch is powered with a tourbillon movement. It has a power reserve of 72 hours and water-resistance up to 30m. It comes with a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap. The buckle features a 18k red gold folding clasp with the Louis Moinet emblem.

As the meteorite is extremely rare, this is the only piece available.

IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia Watch – customizable

After ten years of researching, IWC Portuguese has come up with a watch that displays both solar as well as sidereal time – The Sidérale Scafusia.

The length of an average day is approximately 24 hours i.e., according to the solar time but the sidereal time that measures the time is four minutes shorter than the solar one hence the Sidérale Scafusia has a counter at 12 o’ clock to display the sidereal time.

The seconds are displayed on a huge constant-force tourbillon at 9 o’ clock which occupies a quarter of the dial and the solar time is displayed in the traditional style. Unlike other watches the Sidérale Scafusia has two displays, one that displays time and the other on the flip side displaying an astronomical chart of the day and night sky that change throughout the day.

The location of the chart depends on the area chosen by the user and displays precisely 500-1000 stars. The watch has a hand-wound mechanical movement and the case is available in three variants: Platinum, 18K rose gold and 18K white gold. The watch has a diameter of 46mm and has a 96 hour power reserve when fully wound. The Sidérale Scafusia is completely customizable and has over 200 design options available. Yours for only USD 807,615.

De Bethune – DB16 Régulateur Tourbillon – clean and classical

De Bethune’s DB 16 Tourbillon Regulator integrates a perpetual calendar with a three-dimensional moon-phase complication with a retrograde setting scale, as well as deadbeat seconds.

There is also a lightweight silicon and titanium tourbillon weighing a mere 18 grams, and features a 30-second indicator around it. The dial looks clean where the moon-phase complication takes the centre-stage at 12 o’clock, while the date indicator balances out at 6 o’clock.

A mixture of subtle design features such as the blued hands and perpetual calendar windows at 3 and 9 o’clock makes the dial elegantly classic.

There’s Roman numerals for the hour markers and train track minutes indicators with Arabic numerals every five minutes. The 43mm pink gold case with the De Bethune cone-shaped lugs completes the package. All this can be yours for USD 380,000.

Armin Strom Tourbillon Water – has the illusion of being oblong

Launched in 2013, the Tourbillon Water includes the new in-house ATC11 calibre movement which is made up of 184 parts and includes double spring barrels and 24 jewels. The watch also has a 10 day power reserve. Beating at 18,000 vph the movement is housed in an 18ct white gold case which measures 43.40mm in diameter and includes a sapphire crystal on the front and back, complete with anti reflective treatment. I like the design. It has the illusion of being oblong when it fact it is not.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon with Gold Bridge – very clean and classical dress watch

Inspired by the heritage of the original 1966 model, Girard-Perregaux’s new Tourbillon expresses both the history behind the brand and their tradition of fine watchmaking. The new arrival, features a tourbillon bridge fashioned in an unusual shape called “bassiné”, with rounded arms. The interior of the case houses the famous Girard-Perregaux caliber GP 09600. Available in two very limited editions of white and rose gold.Another very clean and classical dress watch.