A new trend contributes its fair share, too: many recent models are styled with such a strong emphasis on high tech that their tourbillons fit harmoniously into their overall designs.
Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire
In this transparent and very extreme wristwatch from Hublot Replica, a vertically positioned tourbillon perfectly augments 11 vertical barrels, which team up to provide 50 – yes, 50! – days of power reserve. A battery-powered screwdriver is delivered along with the watch to wind the mainsprings. Sapphire, 29.5 mm by 45.8 mm, manufacture Caliber LaFerrari, hand-wound.
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth & Moon
When the push-piece at 4 o’clock is pressed, a circular disk of stone cut from a meteorite slides in front of the tourbillon so the portion of the “whirlwind” that remains visible corresponds to the moon’s momentary phase. Replica Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Rose gold, 47 mm, manufacture Caliber 9440 MC, hand-wound.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer-02T
A tourbillon watch with a chronograph, automatic winding and chronometer certificate is sensational, even if Fake TAG Heuer tries to quell the hype by calling attention to its industrialized fabrication. An open and symmetrical construction further enhances this watch’s visual appeal. Titanium, partly coated with titanium carbide, 45 mm, manufacture Caliber Heuer 02T, automatic.