This haute horlogerie product from OMEGA houses a highly complex tourbillon mechanism, the most challenging horology complication which still remains the very pinnacle of the watchmaker’s art since it was invented by the inspirational watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet in the late 1700s. To this day, tourbillon watches are still assembled by hand due to their extreme complexity, with only relatively few pieces produced each year.
OMEGA’s Central Tourbillon is already established as a fine example of this art. Omega’s Central Tourbillon is unique, since its tourbillon mechanism is located at the very centre of the watch. The flying tourbillon cage in the self-winding movement, which has a 45-hour power reserve, makes one revolution every minute and, with an Omega symbol mounted directly on the tourbillon cage, therefore acts as an extremely elegant seconds hand.
The Omega calibre 2633’s bridges have been painstakingly hollowed and hand chased to offer the best possible view of the intricate workings of this mechanical marvel. The skeletonised Central Tourbillon watch is available exclusively with a platinum case and polished platinum bezel with black alligator leather strap and 18-carat white gold foldover clasp.
For those looking for an equally luxurious version of the Central Tourbillon, but not wishing to forego the traditional look and exclusiveness of a hand-made and individually numbered guilloché dial found on the “standard” model, Omega also offers versions set with 24 baguette diamonds (4.08 ct) on the bezel. These are available in platinum with a rhodium dial or 18-carat yellow, red or white gold with a silver dial.
The platinum model has a black alligator leather strap with white-gold foldover clasp, whereas the gold models have a brown alligator leather strap with matching foldover clasp in 18-carat yellow, red or white gold. With the exception of the skeletonised model, each OMEGA Central Tourbillon is personalised with an individual sequential number at 6 o’clock on the dial according to the relevant model.
With the tourbillon mechanism taking pride of place in full view at the centre of the watch, a unique system is used to display the time: the Alpha-style hour and minute hands are etched on to two separate sapphire discs with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The two discs rotate around the centre axis to display the time. For all Central Tourbillon models, the classic De Ville Co-Axial case guarantees water resistance to 30 metres/100 feet.
As a rare example of a self-winding tourbillon movement, all Omega Central Tourbillon watches come with their own unique presentation box in the form of a watch winder. This rotating box ensures that the watch stays fully wound even when it is not being worn. Omega produces only a handful of Central Tourbillon models each year.