The tourbillon is revered as one of the most fascinating and intricate watch complications ever invented. Master watchmakers have progressed in creating exceptional timepieces to showcase their craft and ingenious movements. Until today, owning a Swiss-made tourbillon is an exceptional style statement only few can express. Much like a spinning ballerina in a music box, the tourbillon is enchanting, captivating, and hard to peel your eyes away from.
BLANCPAIN (Image opener)
An open heart tourbillon is already one to catch attention, even more so when it is placed up and centre on the dial. Blancpain’s Léman Tourbillon Grande Date Diamants is a sparkling sea of ivory, taupe, and diamonds in white gold. At 12 o’clock, a flying tourbillon shows off in full view, while a big date window sits at 6 o’clock amidst rows of curved diamond setting across the satin-polished dial. Manufactured in-house, the self-winding movement is admired through a sapphire crystal caseback, displaying impeccable handicraft reflected in the oscillating platinum weight. The 38mm case is framed with double row diamonds and complemented with a white alligator leather strap.
The Tradition Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087 by Breguet excites more than just the visual senses. An openwork guilloché dial showcases a tourbillon and minute repeater gongs that are activated by pressing a bayonet pusher at 10 o’clock. The gong springs have been reworked to be shaped like lobes attached to the bezel. When struck, they deliver a crystal clear chime that resounds between the sapphire crystal and the 18k rose gold case. A small seconds tourbillon is positioned at 6 o’clock, with a silvered 18k gold guilloché dial highlighted with blued steel hands.
Unlike the rest of our favourite complications in this list, Patek Philippe’s Split Ref. 5539 remains to be unassumingly classic. First introduced in 2013, the Ref. 5539 Grand Complication timepiece with minute repeater and tourbillon in a white gold officer-style case was created with a muted black dial and matching strap. Here, it extends with a new model in handcrafted blue enamel. The hour markers are gold applied with Breguet numerals, with small seconds at 6 o’clock. Visible through the caseback, the hand-wound movement is in full display of the house’s crafting prowess. The look wraps up with a matching dusk blue alligator strap.
The Millenary is a stark deviation from Audemars Piguet’s octagonal timepieces, yet still distinguishable with its oval-shaped case and off-centred dial. Encircled within a diamond pavé frame, the mother-of-pearl dial is juxtaposed with a skeletonised tourbillon in a lattice framework of 18k pink gold and diamonds. Adding a subtle shimmer with a complementing brown alligator strap, the hand-wound mechanical timepiece is finished off with a rose-cut diamond crown.
Creating an illusion of moving water, the Epure Tourbillon Ama‘s 43mm mother-of-pearl dial is illuminated with shades of blue and a scattering setting of brilliant diamonds. The tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock serves as small seconds, exposing a flying tourbillon. A goldfish motif in white gold is set with baguette and brilliant diamonds, with hand-engraved fins. The white gold case houses a sapphire crystal caseback that shows off the movement, and framed with round diamonds on the bezel with a sapphire cabochon crown. The unique jewellery timepiece is limited to only eight pieces.
Joining the ranks of exceptional horology, Chanel unveils yet another ingenious timepiece with a stunning jewellery setting and complication. Taking its cue from the minimalistic Boy.friend watch, the Première Flying Tourbillon timepiece features an angular watch face set in full gold and baguette diamonds. Available in 18k white or beige gold, the linear dial comes in all black or white, leaving room for diamond-studded watch hands and an elaborately designed flower-like flying tourbillon.
Reflecting hues of ivory, the Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Pearl timepiece shows off an intricate openwork movement embellished with mother-of-pearl and diamonds. Oversized in a 44 mm case, the skeleton bridges are inlaid with an iridescent pink hue, accented with a brilliant diamond setting. At 6 o’clock, the tourbillon is housed in a fan-shaped motif, with blued steel hands at the dial’s centre. The in-house movement is seen through the sapphire crystal caseback that runs on a seven-day power reserve. A uniform diamond setting is set along the bezel, lugs, and crown, complemented with a leather strap in shimmering pink.