In 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in a historical achievement. The Gagarin Tourbillon, launched in 2011 by Bernhard Lederer celebrates the 50th anniversary of this historic event.
The Gagarin Tourbillon features a 60-second flying tourbillon that rotates counter clockwise around the dial counter in 108 minutes. An integrated rotating magnifying glass allows appreciation of details on the dial. Looking through the loupe to the dial is reminiscent of looking out of the Vostok space capsule towards the earth. The finely hand finished mechanical movement was entirely developed and produced by Bernhard Lederer in Switzerland. The Gagarin Tourbillon is a limited edition of 50 pieces in platinum.
The Gagarin Tourbillon features a 60-second flying orbital tourbillon that rotates counterclockwise (symbolising east) 360° around the dial in 108 minutes, which is the time Gagarin took to orbit the earth in the Vostok capsule. The tourbillon appears suspended by a sweeping bridge inspired by the large 25 m (82 ft) commemorative statue at Gagarin’s landing site near Engels. The tourbillon cage is formed by the word “VOSTOK” spelt vertically and curved around its perimeter.
The case of the Gagarin Tourbillon is in high grade 950 platinum and incorporates an integrated rotating magnifying glass that allows more detailed appreciation of the tourbillon and details on the dial. The magnifying glass is locked in place by a catch inspired by a hatch on the Vostok capsule.
The finely hand finished mechanical movement of the Gagarin Tourbillon is manual winding with three mainspring barrels providing a power reserve of approximately 80 hours. The complex movement with 264 components and 35 jewels was entirely designed, developed and manufactured by Berhnard Lederer in Switzerland.
The Gagarin Tourbillon is a limited edition of 50 pieces in platinum featuring a unique flying tourbillon. Unique 60-second tourbillon orbiting the dial counter clockwise in 108 minutes; hour and minutes; manual winding mechanical movement.
Mechanical manual winding movement developed and produced by Bernhard Lederer in Switzerland
Tourbillon cage: Forming the word “VOSTOK”
Dimensions: 38 mm x 11.5 mm
Balance frequency: 28, 800 bph/4 Hz
No. of components: 264
No. of jewels: 35
No. of barrels: 3
Power reserve: 80 hours
Case Featuring integrated rotating magnifying glass
Case material: Platinum 950
Dimensions: 42 mm x 15 mm (case), 46.5 mm with magnifying glass ring
Water resistant: 30 meters/3 ATM
Sapphire crystals: Sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal display
Indications: Hours and minutes
Micro-engraved text with highlights of Yuri Gagarin’s flight
Black hand-stitched alligator strap with platinum tang buckle