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Current special movements in this era: Tourbillon Movements

What is Tourbillion movements?

While we will be using the terms “tourbillon” and “tourbillon watch” interchangeably in this article, it is important to note that “tourbillon” does refer specifically to a specialized kind of movement within the watch. (

Tourbillion Movements

A tourbillon is a mechanical complication found in the movements of certain high-end mechanical watches. It was invented during the era or the pocket watch and is both hypnotic and fascinating to watch. Watches with tourbillons are usually a bit expensive compared to watches without them. They are not the most common complication that you'll find on a watch, but certainly one of the most entertaining.

The purpose of a tourbillon is to address an issue that many mechanical watches have with regards to the way physics affects the precision and accuracy of their movements. Gravity is a force that creates a drag on watch's movement when they are in certain positions.

What is the History of the Tourbillon Watch?

The tourbillon watch was invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1795 and patented in 1801, though the patent has long since expired, and tourbillon movements are now manufactured and placed in timepieces by various companies (we will revisit this in more detail at the end of the article.) Abraham-Louis Breguet was a prominent Prussian (modern-day Germany) watchmaker and horologist

during the late 1700’s. At his peak, he was one of the most respected watchmakers in all of Europe, and his reputation grew to such high regard that he would count several prominent public figures, including European nobility, among his clients.

He would go on to found the namesake Breguet company, which today functions as the luxury watch division of the Swiss Swatch Group..


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