Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

In 2021, Roger Dubuis introduced the new evolution of the Excalibur Double Tourbillon watch. Now, the Geneva based high horology Maison unveils its latest variation in radiant black ceramic.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition
This new ceramic watch is driven by the Roger Dubuis RD108 mechanical calibre. Boasting two signature tourbillons, this enhanced horological engine represents a feat of enhanced precision and technical prowess. Both tourbillons are rebuilt with lighter materials and an enhanced differential to maximise the transmission of energy.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

Its tourbillon lower carriage is made in titanium for improving energy efficiency and upper tourbillon carriage in cobalt chrome for better finishing: mirror polish. Both titanium and cobalt chrome are anti-magnetic. Manually wind, the RD108 calibre offers an impressive power reserve of 72 hours.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition
This extremely complex mechanical skeleton movement’s sense of transparency and 3D depth is heighted by the Roger Dubuis star levitating freely above the barrel. Clean cut lines on both the 45mm case and movement create its strong visual identity and give the impression of a thinner look and feel.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

This dynamic aesthetic is amplified by its decorations, hand-finished with precision and rewarded with the Poinçon de Geneve; one of the most demanding signatures in fine watchmaking.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

Hyper durable and expressive, the latest variation of the Excalibur Double Tourbillon debuts with a radiant black ceramic case, striking in its intensely high scratch-resistance.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

Limited to just 28 pieces, this timepiece comes with a black calf-leather strap with versatile Quick Release System.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic
RDDBEX0820 – EXCALIBUR – EXCALIBUR DT

Movement
Caliber RD108

Manual-winding Skeleton double flying tourbillon movement: manufactured in the Roger Dubuis workshop in Geneva. Re-engineered and improved performances with a power reserve of 72 hour, better resistance to magnetism thanks to tourbillon carriages made in titanium and cobalt-chrome. Two tourbillons linked with a differential directly connected to the second wheel of the gear train for a better transmission of the energy. Poinçon de Genève certified, one of the most demanding certifications in the world of Haute Horlogerie
Finishing: Shot-blasted, trued-up or circular-grained main plate and bridge with NAC coating
Functions: Hours, minutes
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21’600 Vibrations per Hour
Power reserve: 72 Hours
Diameter lines: 16 3/4
Thickness: 7.35 Millimeters
Number of pieces: 319
Number of rubies: 32

Case
Black ceramic case
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Black titanium DLC open case back with sapphire crystal
Diameter: 45 Millimeters
Water resistance: 5 BAR (50m)

Dial
Grey double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and Rhodium plated hour markers with SLN in the center

Hands
Grey double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and Rhodium plated hour markers with SLN in the center

Strap
3D calf leather strap, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Buckle
Black DLC titanium cover, titanium blades, triple-folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Edition
Limited edition of 28 pieces

Certification
Geneva seal

Louis Moinet ASTRONEF Limited Edition

A true marvel of contemporary mechanical watchmaking, ASTRONEF combines ancestral know-how with futuristic technology.

The complex dial of the Louis Moinet ASTRONEF watch is made from a plate measuring a total 0.6mm thick, from which 0.2 mm is then hollowed out to reveal the numerals and a rack, in order to create a depth effect facilitating readings. The ensuing deep black DLC treatment creates a striking contrast with the rhodium plating and endows it with a two-tone hue. Finally, a circular satin-brushed finish is applied to instill it with undeniable strength of character.

Louis Moinet ASTRONEF Limited Edition

The case of ASTRONEF incorporates a sapphire container mounted on an 18K gold frame, open-worked lugs and case middle and a sapphire dome and its applied inner bezel ring.

The curved crystal reveals the ASTRONEF mechanism, which required more than three years of research. It proudly showcases two tourbillons rotating in opposite directions at high speed. They cross paths 18 times per hour (every 3 minutes and 20 seconds) and are built on two different levels. In all, six distinct elements are in motion: two satellite tourbillons rotating around the dial, as well as their two cages and their two counterweights.

Louis Moinet ASTRONEF Limited Edition

This mysterious horological mechanism is hidden in the base of the frame, which is only 3.75 mm thick. The advantage of this construction is that it clears the stage to enhance the magic of the show being staged. The spectacular design linked to the complexity of the mechanism is marked by its control tower – or central column – which transmits the orders to the tourbillons and hands.

Louis Moinet ASTRONEF Limited Edition

Finally, the mechanical part is ennobled by a powerful and modern engine that endows it with a very high level of performance, making it even more efficient than a single tourbillon.

Louis Moinet ASTRONEF tourbillon cage

The tourbillon cages are geometrically shaped. The weight of a cage is only 0.25 grams, in order to guarantee the correct speed through fine poising. Each cage rotates in 60 seconds and requires perfect poising, which also relies on an 18K gold counterweight weighing 0.4 grams.

Louis Moinet ASTRONEF Limited Edition
Placing the selector on the back of the case enabled a gain in volume and this device plays two distinct roles: time-setting or winding. The crown is no longer pulled out; it is used to set the hands or to wind the mechanism.

The LM105 manual winding movement beats at the rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz) and provides a power reserve of up to 48 hours.

Louis Moinet ASTRONEF Limited Edition

A presentation box is specially made for each Louis Moinet ASTRONEF. Finely crafted by an artisan, it notably features a straw marquetry motif in various shades and the buyer can choose from several different graphic design alternatives.

ASTRONEF is limited to only eight pieces.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre LM105
Manufacture Calibre with flying satellite double tourbillon
Manual winding
Double tourbillon for enhanced accuracy
Perfect rotation and poising of the rotating elements
– Five ball-bearing mechanisms with seven ceramic bearings
– One ball-bearing mechanism with nine ceramic bearings
Two barrels, each supplies its energy to the tourbillon
471components
Frequency: 3 Hz
Jewels: 56
Power reserve: 48 hours

Display
Hours and minutes

Case
18K rose gold frame, diameter: 43.5mm
Sapphire container, diameter: 41.6mm
Lug width: 24mm
Water resistance: 10 meters

Strap
Alligator strap with folding clasp

Zenith: DEFY Zero-G Sapphire & DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Editions

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Zenith has re-imagined two of its most extraordinary movements through contemporary architecture and finishing techniques that can be admired through luminous and transparent sapphire cases.

These two horological marvels place Zenith’s uniquely futuristic and evocative aesthetic centre-stage, using novel and original decoration methods.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire & DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Editions

First, all the movement’s components are treated with blue PVD. The inscriptions as well as decorative elements like miniature stars are then carefully engraved onto the bridges, after which the chamfered edges of the bridges are precisely finished with a rhodium-coloured PVD that provides a striking contrast and adds even more visual depth to an already intricately layered movement with its futuristic form. Framed by totally transparent sapphire cases, the movements shine in a light of their own – and from all angles.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

For the latest execution of the fastest tourbillon chronograph around – equipped with two independent tourbillons completing rotations in 60 seconds for the time-keeping tourbillon and 5 seconds for the chronograph’s tourbillon – Zenith took its evocative “starry sky” aesthetic to new cosmic heights in the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire, with a nod to the universe and space exploration.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Visible for all to admire through the crystalline case, the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon’s exceptional chronograph movement is rendered in a stellar and futuristic aesthetic.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

The main plate of the movement is finished in a striking blue PVD tone, and in a first for Zenith, some of the dial-side bridges are engraved with stars, like a distant galaxy of micro-mechanics in perpetual motion.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Truly at the summit of precision, the 1/00th of a second chronograph moves at incredible speed, juxtaposed against a still, starry backdrop.

Zenith DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Limited Edition

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

Overcoming the effects of gravity on chronometric precision has long been watchmakers’ ultimate goal. Zenith accomplished precisely this with its Gravity Control mechanism, where the regulating organ is fixed to a gimbal that always remains in a flat position regardless of how the watch is rotated.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

In this new timepiece, Zenith has completely redesigned the entire movement with a new architecture to enable a more open and exhibitive display, encapsulated in a transparent sapphire case that allows the singular mechanism to be admired from all angles: a first for the Manufacture.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

Like an object suspended in space and free from the effects of gravity, the off-centred dial of the DEFY Zero-G Sapphire combines several traditional crafts in a contemporary execution, handcrafted in a mosaic of meteorite, aventurine glass and grand feu enamel on a gold base.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

It depicts planet Mars on the small seconds, partially eclipsed by the hour and minute dial. A special touch that can only be seen when the watch is overhead is the back of the gyroscopic module, fashioned with a cratered texture mimicking the moon.

Zenith DEFY Zero-G Sapphire Limited Edition

The entire main plate and bridges of the movement are finished in a blue tone with contrasting grey rhodium chamfers, speckled with white stars of varying sizes. This astronomically inspired finish extends to the movement’s cylindrical container, which can also be viewed through the sides of the case.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire and DEFY Zero-G Sapphire will be produced as a limited edition of 10 pieces each.

For the 20 owners of the DEFY Zero-G Sapphire and DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire limited editions, Zenith is offering the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience: a parabolic zero-gravity flight. Scheduled to take place in February 2022, Zenith has partnered with Novespace, a subsidiary of the French National Space Center, to offer the experience of weightlessness.

Guests will arrive at the Novespace facility in Bordeaux, France, where they will meet with their instructors. French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy will also be present at the pre-flight conference. The flight itself will consist of 15 parabolas, where the airplane ascends than plunges in a freefall to reproduces the effect of floating in weightlessness in a perceived absence of gravity.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire
Reference: 04.9000.9020/00.R920

Movement
El Primero 9020 automatic
1/100th of a second Double Tourbillon Chronograph movement
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1Tourbillon escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50 Hz)
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
Certified Chronometer
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 50 hours

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Double Tourbillon1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH / 5 Hz – cage makes a turn in 60 seconds)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH / 50 Hz – cage makes a turn in 5 seconds)
1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-Luminova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-Luminova® SLN C1

Bracelet
Black rubber with blue “cordura effect” fabric & grey stitching
Titanium double folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition 10 pieces

Price
180,000 CHF

Model: Zenith Defy Zero G Sapphire
Reference: 04.9000.8812/00.R920

Movement
El Primero 8812 S manual
Entirely skeletonised movement
“Gravity Control” gyroscopic module that ensures horizontal positioning of the regulating organ
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 50 hours
Finishes: Exclusive bicolor signature on plates and bridges. Starry Sky finishing.

Functions
Hours and minutes excentred at 12 o’clock
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Self-regulating Gravity Control module at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve indication at 2 o’clock

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked with meteorite & Aventurine hour & minute dial
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted gold, coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Black rubber with blue “cordura effect” fabric& grey stitching
Titanium double folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition of 10 pieces

Price
160,000 CHF

Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Jade

Arnold & Son is celebrating its Double Tourbillon collection with the unveiling of two unique pieces adorned with dazzling green jade and delicate white opal. The two independent tourbillons and two time zones of this rare model have taken on a new face.

The new Double Tourbillon Jade models are available in either red gold or white gold. The green jade dial is punctuated by two opal sub dials in immaculate white. The A&S8513 calibre allows its two independent tourbillons to emerge into view above these rare stones. United by a shared main plate, each displays a different time zone.

Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Jade

Sourced from Wyoming, the bright green nephrite (jade) known as “Apple Green” is slightly veined with black. This brings greater depth, contrast and makes the stone all the more precious.

The dial plate of the Double Tourbillon Jade has been expertly cut in a very particular way. In the shape of a clover, the main plate allows both dials and tourbillons to emerge to their full height. This complicates the stone cutting and engraving stages, which further underlines the mastery of the work.

Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Jade

The Double Tourbillon Jade movement is integrated into a red gold or white gold case with a diameter of 43.5 mm. Its sapphire crystal is domed, accommodating the height created by the two tourbillons. These are attached to a three-dimensional, skeletonized, cantilevered bridge, and are made in the same gold as the case.

Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Jade

Paying homage to its founder, John Arnold, one of the most inventive watchmakers of his time and of the golden age of chronometry, Arnold & Son has always approached the double time zone with sophistication and precision. Instead of the classic “GMT” system, where an hour hand in the centre indicates the second time zone, Arnold & Son has chosen to give each time zone its own regulating organ: a reminder of the duality of time telling methods – timepieces on one hand, astronomy on the other – used on board English frigates in the 18th century.

Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Jade

The A&S8513 calibre is therefore equipped with two barrels and two crowns that control the two time zones. At midday, the local time is visible in Roman numerals. At six o’clock, Arabic numerals indicate the time of a second, more distant place that has a connection to the wearer. The two time zones are set completely independently down to the minute. Unlike most so-called travel watches, the Double Tourbillon Jade can therefore follow time zones offset by 15, 30 or 45 minutes, as is the case with certain countries in Central Asia.

Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon Jade

The structure of the movement can be seen on the back of the Double Tourbillon Jade. From the radiant Côtes de Genève to the circular-graining on the main plate, double snailing of the barrels, sunray decoration on the crown wheels, and polish on the gold bezels held in place by blued screws, everything about the A&S8513 calibre exudes eminence, craftsmanship and excellence.

Technical details

Model: Double Tourbillon Jade

Functions
Local hours and minutes (Roman numerals)
Independent reference hours and minutes (Arabic numerals)

Movement
Calibre A&S8513, mechanical hand-wound movement
Jewels: 42
Diameter: 37.30 mm
Height: 8.35 mm
Power reserve: 90 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21,600 vph

Finishes
Main plate: sunray Côtes de Genève
Bridges: rhodium (red gold) or NAC (white gold) coated, polished, and chamfered by hand
Wheels: satin finish
Bezels: 18-carat gold
Screws: bevelled, mirror polished heads
Tourbillon bridges: 18-carat gold, mirror polished with satin finish, polished and chamfered by hand
Tourbillon cages: polished and chamfered by hand

Dial
Dial base: green jade
Sub-dials: white opal

Case
Material: 18-carat white or red gold (5N)
Diameter: 43.50 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Back: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating
Water resistant: 30 metres/100ft

Strap
Material: Alligator leather, hand-stitched
Buckle: Pin, 18-carat white or red gold (5N)

References
1DTAR.Z01A.C120R (red gold)
1DTAW.Z01A.C121W (white gold)

Unique pieces
1 piece (red gold) and 1 piece (white gold)

Worldwide retail price
CHF 198,000, subject to change(excluding tax)

ZENITH & FELIPE PANTONE DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Unique Piece

A fervent supporter of the Only Watch auction since its very first edition in 2005, Zenith presents this time a unique piece of the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon, the Manufacture’s most advanced and complex chronograph to date.

For its 9th consecutive contribution to the biennial Only Watch charity auction, Zenith brought acclaimed op artist Felipe Pantone onboard to take the codes from their highly acclaimed collaborative DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone and push the chromatic concept even further.

Extremely complex and highly technical, the DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon watch incorporates two independent regulating tourbillons operating at 5Hz for the timekeeping function of the movement and 50Hz for the 1/100th of a second chronograph, which rotate at rates of 60 seconds and 5 seconds respectively.

ZENITH & FELIPE PANTONE DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Unique Piece

In the unique DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021, Felipe Pantone translated his acclaimed design language to the movement’s decoration as well as the open dial.

Using the principal of interference colours, the coating on the bridges reflects a gradient of metallic rainbow tones, marking the first time the innovative three-dimensional PVD with silicon particles as a surface treatment on a tourbillon chronograph movement to produce a spectrum of perfectly transitioning colours.

The entire movement is fixed within a metal container that is also given the same rainbow effect. The case back view also delights with the same rainbow PVD coating on the bridges, where “Unique Piece” is engraved on one of them under the blackened star-shaped winding rotor.

Allowing as much light as possible onto the vividly coloured inner workings of this mechanical marvel, Zenith opted for a case made entirely of transparent sapphire crystal for the first time in the Defy collection. Adored for its crystal-clear transparency and extreme hardness, synthetic sapphire requires a long series of painstaking processes to reach its final form – from precisely moulding the highly three-dimensional elements to finishing and polishing them to perfection.

On the dial side, the central hour and minute hands take on a distorted look resembling lightning bolts, a recurring element in Pantone’s work. Like the movement, a rainbow gradient of colours in PVD is applied onto the hands, while each of the applied hour markers is filled with a different colour. The moiré optical effect on the dial was produced by thin alternating white and black using fine laser-engraving and precise lacquering techniques.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 comes in a special box resembling an art book, as well as an original signed artwork by Felipe Pantone. Titled “Optichromie 135 Z”, this enamel and UV paint on aluminium painting in the artist’s signature style measures 170x120cm and is in fact the artwork that Pantone created for Zenith, which was then miniaturized and reproduced for the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone edition’s packaging.

The DEFY 21 Double Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 unique piece will be auctioned by Christie’s in Geneva on November 6th 2021, with all proceeds from the sale benefitting the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathie.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire Felipe Pantone Unique Piece
Reference: 04.9001.9020.46.R782

Movement
El Primero 9020 automatic
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 50 hours
1/100th of a second Double Tourbillon Chronograph movement
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH – 5 Hz)
1 Tourbillon escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH – 50Hz)
Exclusive dynamic signature of one rotation per second for the Chrono hand
Certified Chronometer

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Double Tourbillon: 1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH / 5 Hz – cage makes a turn in 60 second) 1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH / 50 Hz – cage makes a turn in 5 second)
1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Movement finishes
“Rainbow” PVD-coated bridges + Black laser engraved main plate on movement and special oscillating weight

Case
Material: Sapphire
Diameter: 46mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Dial
Open-worked with rainbow finishing
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with “Rainbow” varnish
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and “Rainbow” PVD coated

Bracelet
Black rubber, titanium double folding clasp

Price estimate
200’000-220’000 CHF

Roger Dubuis – Excalibur Feng and Excalibur Long

To celebrate the new Chinese year, Roger Dubuis has created two special editions of its Excalibur Double Flying Tourbillon watch. These two exciting new timepieces reinterpret powerful symbols through unmatched craftsmanship: Excalibur Long, representing the majestic Dragon and Excalibur Feng, embodying the gracious Phoenix.

Roger Dubuis - Excalibur Feng and Excalibur Long

First in the world to introduce a double flying tourbillon, this contemporary architectural caliber is the extreme expression of the brand’s passion for recreating the codes of hyper horology.  Above and beyond its hypnotic aesthetic appeal, this calibre ensures an enhanced precision thanks to its differential system serving to average out the rate of the two tourbillons.

Roger Dubuis - Excalibur Feng and Excalibur Long

Brought to life in a 45mm masterpiece, the iconic Excalibur Double Flying Tourbillon is this time interpreted with an unbridled artistic creativity where 18K rose gold reigns supreme. With its head placed at 12 o’clock and its body and limbs intertwining with mechanical parts of the dial, the majestic dragon seems to be playing with this grand complication in a very daring way.

Roger Dubuis - Excalibur Feng and Excalibur LongThe Yin counterpart of the Dragon is here represented by the wise soul of the graceful phoenix, embracing the caliber with its wings and tail. Rarity and wisdom the Excalibur Feng is simply singular. Featuring one of the most complex of all Haute Horlogerie complications, the Excalibur Feng single flying tourbillon, with its plates and bridges pared down to extremes to only leave the essential, is a spectacular demonstration of radical watchmaking expertise.

As a flamboyant stage-setting to the highly technical nature of this tourbillon caliber, a 36mm case is here engraved with 18K rose gold. The already extraordinary allure of the Exclabur Feng is then completed with a bezel set with 48 brilliant-cut white diamonds.

Roger Dubuis - Excalibur Feng and Excalibur Long

Every part of the Feng, from the feathers to its body movement, has been fastidiously refined. Only by striking an obsessively balance in proportion and layout can the fascinating, vivid image of the Feng be brought to life, allowing it to spread its wings, with its plumage swirling around the tourbillon placed at the 7 o’clock mark.

Roger Dubuis - Excalibur Feng and Excalibur Long

These contemporary sculpted masterpieces feature a microscopic gold engraving technique – a delicate yet highly demanding craftsmanship skill highlighting their every detail: hairs, feathers, scales, and eyelids – giving life to this duo of sacred symbols in a deliberate way. A display of unparalleled expertise and craftsmanship, the Excalibur Long and Excalibur Feng are limited to eight pieces worldwide.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge

The Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge model blends mechanical virtuosity with aesthetic mastery. Its highly visible movement reveals two tourbillons that set the whole plate in motion through a central differential. Each component is hand-finished, while the back of the movement is engraved with the “House on the Quai”, the Parisian building where Abraham-Louis Breguet fulfilled his life’s work.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge

The new Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge model houses a massive mechanical movement in the proportions of a watch. Working with very limited space, the Breguet Manufacture has built a complex and harmonious universe that seemingly defies the laws of physics.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge

Like a delicately chased sculpture, the entire exposed mechanism pivots around its axis at the rate of one full turn every 12 hours. It is propelled by two independent tourbillons, which each complete a full rotation per minute. In this way, the interconnected regulating organs perform a double revolution, simultaneously driving the tourbillon bar: the signature hours hand.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge

It is a remarkable display, featuring a number of components made of gold, as were those of grand complication movements back in their day – a tradition that has now been all but lost; one that the House of Breguet endeavors to perpetuate, as it does its specialist artisan techniques. This watch is a stunning display of Breguet’s expert craftsmanship – in particular the engraving on the back, which depicts the house that Abraham-Louis Breguet acquired on Quai de l’Horloge in Paris.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge caseback

 

Indeed, it was at this inspiring address, nestled between the artisans of the Ile de la Cité, that the master watchmaker invented the mechanism that would become globally renowned and endure throughout the centuries. At a time when timepieces were worn vertically in the waistcoat pocket, Breguet strove to devise a way of negating the effects of Earth’s gravity, which was impacting on the chronometric accuracy of the movement.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge caseback

Then the idea came to him to incorporate the balance wheel and spring as well as the escapement (lever and escape wheel) in a mobile carriage rotating on itself. The master devised the name tourbillon for this double rotation of the cage and its parts, in reference to the long-forgotten notion of a planetary system. Genius in principle and captivating in operation, the invention remains the preserve of the House of Breguet, conferring a truly special originality.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge

The timekeeping parts of the Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge watch are very similar technically to the original creation. The steel balance springs are endowed with the characteristic terminal curve, allowing for concentric development of the spring. It was a solution devised by the founder himself, which has since become known as the Breguet overcoil. Even now, the balance spring is still shaped by hand, while the different calibrations are also done manually, such as balancing the tourbillon cages. These carriages are the only ones in the current collection that feature a framework in black-polished steel – the highest degree of finishing in fine horology.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge

The two mechanical hearts beat independently from one another, each driven by their own barrel. However, the two oscillating organs are coupled with a second pair of wheels, revolving in the central differential. This double-entry mechanism is able to determine the average rate of the tourbillons, allowing for the oscillating plate to be set in motion at the rate of one full rotation every 12 hours. As for the minutes indication, it is a classic hand in the center. The entire mechanism is equipped with a system to minimize play in the wheels, ensuring a perfectly precise display.

This spectacular staging makes this caliber one of the most complex systems ever developed by the Breguet Manufacture. Its mobile nature, for example, forced the engineers to entirely review the manual winding mechanism, which now relies on independent wheel trains. One of the two barrels is equipped with a friction bridle, similar to those used on self-winding watches. This astute construction allows the spring to disengage once coiled, until the second barrel is fully wound. Lastly, the crown employs a dynamometric security system, which prevents excessive winding of the springs.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge

The expertise of the art of watchmaking is never without aesthetic virtuosity at Breguet. Presented for the first time in 2006, the Double Tourbillon is now liberated from the dial, revealing itself in all of its mechanical beauty. Stylised and rounded, the barrel bridges in steel take on the form of the letter B. All the components are meticulously straight-grained, chamfered, and even satin-brushed by hand.

A true signature of the House, the hand-engraving on a rose engine (guilloché work) finds a new field of expression on the movement, replacing the traditional circular graining. Laid bare as it is, the caliber exposes the inner flank of the caseband, from which the hand-engraved Roman numerals stand out echoing in their design those of the sapphire hours chapter.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge caseback

Yet the unique character of this timepiece is fully revealed on its back. The treasures of mechanical ingenuity assembled for the movement leave in their wake timeless poetry. The timepiece is completed with an engraving, crafted by the artisans of the Manufacture, featuring the facade of the building occupied by Abraham-Louis Breguet from 1775 onward, at 39 Quai de l’Horloge, Paris. Etched into gold, the work abounds in such meticulous detail that through the window-panes a glimpse may be caught of the wheels of the caliber.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon Quai de l’Horloge

Technical details

Model: Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge
Ref. 5345PT/1S/7XU

Case
Round platinum case with finely fluted caseband
Sapphire-crystal caseback
Sapphire glass box of high transparency
Diameter: 46 mm
Thickness: 16.8 mm
Rounded welded lugs with screw bars

Dial
Sapphire dial
Individually numbered and signed Breguet
Hours chapter with Roman numerals
Open-tipped Breguet minutes hand in blued steel
Blued-steel hours hand extending along the bar supporting the two tourbillions

Movement
Manually wound mechanical movement
Cal. 588N, numbered and signed Breguet
Two tourbillons mounted on a revolving main plate hand-engraved on a rose engine
The two regulating organs are coupled to a differential that determines the average rate
Complete revolution of the main plate in 12 hours
50-hour power reserve
16½ lignes
81 jewels
738 components
Breguet balance springs
Frequency: 2.5 hertz
Monometallic balance wheels with gold screws
Adjusted in 6 positions
On the reverse side of the movement, an engraving carried out by hand depicts the building on Quai de l’Horloge in Paris

Strap
“Stone” strap, natural slate on rubber
Triple folding clasp in platinum

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia

The Excalibur Superbia by Roger Dubuis is an ultimate contemporary mechanical watch created exclusively for elite clientele who follow larger than life attitude. This high complication watch is crafted in palladium-enriched white gold and set with exactly 600 precious white diamonds and blue sapphires.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia

This extraordinary hyperwatch offers a truly extravagant housing for Roger Dubuis iconic signature calibre: a brand-new double flying tourbillon movement, the RD108SQ, inspired by its legendary version launched in 2005, the first double-regulator calibre connected with a differential, built up in volume and adorned with a diamond-set star.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia

For the RD108SQ, paying tribute to Roger Dubuis’ status as a forerunner in the field of this extreme complication mastered by few other watchmakers, in the RD108SQ, the double flying tourbillon is transformed into the ultimate iconic signature.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia

Adorned with 600 white diamonds and 238 blue sapphire stones, this timepiece with a massive 45mm white gold case showcases the expertise of the Maison’s  Gem-setters. However, the exclusiveness of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia watch comes neither from its alloy nor its number of stones. What makes it truly bold is that every stone set on the flange, the bezel, the case and the crown is tetrahedron shaped and assembled with an invisible setting on curved surfaces.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia

In the grand tradition of memento mori pocket watches, the movement of the Excalibur Superbia is secretly inscribed with the words Memento mori, a detail that will henceforth feature on each Hyperwatch created by the Maison.

Technical details

Model: Excalibur Superbia
Reference: RDDBEX0821

Case
Ø45 mm, white gold case, bezel and crown set with tetrahedron-cut gems
Case back in white gold set with brilliant cut diamonds.
Thickness: 14.4 mm
Water resistance: 10 BAR (100 m)

Dial
Double section flange with set with tetrahedron-cut gems

Movement
Calibre: RD108SQ caliber, double flying tourbillon linked with a differential
Production: Unique series 1 of 1
Functions: Hours, Minutes, double tourbillon at 4 and 8 o’clock
Decorations: Shot-blasted, trued-up and circular-grained plate and bridges with NAC coating
Number of parts: 319 components
Jewels: 32 rubis
Diameter: 16 ¾’’’
Thickness: 7.3 mm
Frequency: 2×3 Hz (2×21’600 vph)
Power-reserve: 72 hours
Poinçon de Genève certified

Strap
Calf leather strap, easily interchangeable with quick release system
Buckle: white gold cover set with diamonds, with titanium blades, triple folding, easily interchangeable with quick release system

Louis Moinet Space Revolution Limited Edition

Independent Swiss luxury watch brand Louis Moinet presents Space Revolution, its latest haute-horlogerie creation inspired by the interstellar world.

The Space Revolution is a flying satellite double tourbillon watch that recreates an extraterrestrial sight comprising of space stations and spaceships on its dial.

Louis Moinet Space Revolution Limited Edition

Two spaceships battle it out beneath a sapphire crystal dome, facing off eighteen times an hour: the upper spacecraft completes a clockwise rotation every five minutes, whilst the lower vessel turns in the opposite direction, completing a counter-clockwise revolution every ten minutes. Meanwhile, two constantly revolving space stations stage a powerful defense against the effects of gravity.

To ensure they can float freely in space, the craft weigh barely 0.5 grammes each and are made entirely from titanium, with a hybrid ceramic colour finish applied by hand. Their movement can be measured in terms of the speed of light – almost 300,000,000 metres per second. The depths of space have been reproduced by inserting a floating flange between the cylinder and the sapphire crystal dome.

Louis Moinet Space Revolution Limited Edition

The Space Revolution features an 18 carat rose gold case topped with an imposing sapphire crystal dome. The watch case measures 43.50 mm diameter and the sapphire dome has a diameter of 41.60 mm. The case has been fully redesigned. Made from polished, satin-finish gold, the base supports the sapphire crystal dome, allowing the magic to be admired from the side as well as from above.

The mechanism is wholly unprecedented. Initially deemed to be impossible, the design required more than three years of research. Today, construction of this supremely sophisticated architecture requires painstaking work by a handful of outstanding watchmakers.

The movement comprises two oscillators, each equipped with a differential mechanism to provide greater precision. Each watch has over 470 components and six ceramic ball bearings to ensure perfect rotation and balance of all revolving parts (the spaceships, the tourbillon cages, and the centre of the titanium gold frame).

Even the winding and time-setting mechanisms stand apart from other timepieces: a function selector integrated in the caseback toggles between the two.

Louis Moinet Space Revolution Limited Edition

To complement the deep space effect, cutting-edge technology endows the dial with light-absorbing properties, achieved by laser nano-structuring on a titanium base that creates wells to capture the light.

The individual nature of each watch offers an opportunity for Louis Moinet to reassert its identity as a specialist in extra-terrestrial materials. Each timepiece in this limited edition of eight is truly unique, thanks to the meteorite fragment placed beneath the centre of the hands on the watch. One is from the Moon, another from Mars, another again from the oldest known rock in the solar system; still another is a fragment containing amino acids…

Technical details

Model: SPACE REVOLUTION
Reference: LM-104.50.50

Case
18 Carat Rose gold
Diameter: 43.50 mm
Diameter of the sapphire dome: 41.60 mm

Movement
Calibre LM104
Manufacture Calibre
Flying satellite double tourbillon
Manual winding
Frequency: 21,600 VPH (3Hz)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Jewels: 56

Display
Hours and minutes

Strap
Alligator strap
Width: 24mm
Folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition of 8 watches

 

Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon

Two years ago, Zenith introduced the revolutionary Defy El Primero 21, the only high-frequency automatic chronograph designed to measure hundredths of a second, ushering watchmaking firmly into the 21st century. In 2019, the Swiss Manufacture is taking another big leap with the Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon: an innovative model powered by the El Primero 9020 calibre and its two separate escapements.

One of the latter serves to keep the chronograph beating at an exceptional frequency and power the 1/100th of a second display, while the other ensures the lasting precision of the watch. This model is available in two limited editions: a 10-piece platinum version and a 50-unit carbon interpretation.

Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon

With its DEFY collection, Zenith is constantly innovating and setting the standard for tomorrow’s watchmaking: after the unequalled Defy El Primero 21, the first serially produced mechanical chronograph to provide hundredth of a second measurement; followed by the Defy Lab, the world’s most accurate mechanical watch with an unprecedented oscillator, the Haute Horlogerie manufacturer is unveiling the Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon. This unprecedented combination of horological complications –two tourbillons and a 1/100th of a second chronograph – features truly exceptional qualities.

Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon chronograph

A distillation of technology, innovation, performance and design, the latest addition to the Defy collection asserts itself in terms of both its construction and its aesthetics. For this model, Zenith has developed two tourbillons, a first for the Maison. In an additional feat, one of the tourbillons (at 10 o’clock) is coupled with and regulates the chronograph measuring and displaying hundredths of a second in a perfectly legible manner.

Beating a frequency of 50Hz (360,000 vibrations per hour) with its carriage performing a complete rotation every five seconds, this tourbillon is the fastest in the world. It drives the chronograph hand at the amazing speed of one full turnof the dial per second. The second tourbillon (at 8 o’clock), operating at 5 Hz with a carriage performing one rotation per minute, regulates the rate of the watch, meaning the hours, minutes and seconds.

Echoing this dual architecture, two dedicated barrels – one for the watch and the other for the chronograph – store and deliver energy. They respectively provide 60 hours of power reserve for the watch and 50 minutes for the 1/100th of a second chronograph.

Heir to the legendary 1969 El Primero, this new high-frequency in-house movement drives the hours, minutes, 1/100th of a second chronograph, 60-second and 30-minute counters (at 6 and 9 o’clock respectively), along with a chronograph power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. As a further guarantee of precision, the El Primero 9020 calibre is chronometer-certified by an independent body (TimeLab).

Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon watch with platinum

While vividly expressing futuristic, technical and assertive watchmaking, the Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon also stands out for its powerful aesthetics.

With its generously open-worked dial accentuated by a two-tone treatment – a new signature of Zenith Haute Horlogerie movements –El Primero 9020 and its 311 components are shown to full advantage. The blue-treated tourbillon carriages with the Zenith star, along with the bridges and baseplate, feature polished angles that further enhance the 3D view of this stunning mechanism in motion.

Whether crafted in platinum with the collection’s characteristic satin-brushed and polished finishes and a sapphire case-back, or entirely made of carbon, the case is water-resistant to 100 metres. It is secured to the wrist with a luxurious high-tech black rubber strap,coated with alligator leather or Cordura-patterned.

Effectively combining aesthetics, functionality and polymorphism, its composition is resistant, durable and hypoallergenic, while offering infinite possibilities for variations in textures, colours and topstitching. The platinum Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon is available in a 10-piece limited edition, while the carbon model is limited to 50 units.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon, Platinum
Limited Edition of 10 pieces, Reference: 40.9000.9020/78.R582

Movement
Movement El Primero 9020, Automatic
Calibre 15 ¾ “` (Diameter: 35.8 mm)
Movement thickness: 7.9 mm
Components: 311
Exclusive two-tone signature on plates and bridges
Jewels: 59
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve approx.: 50 hours
Finishes: Special oscillating weight with satin-brushed finishes

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Double Tourbillon:
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH / 5 Hz –the carriage makes one full turn in 60 seconds)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH / 50 Hz – the carriage performs a complete rotation in 5 sec)
1/100thof a second chronograph:
– Central chronograph hand that makes one sweep of the dialper second
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
– 60-second counter at 6 o’clock
– Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Case
Diameter: 46 mm
Diameter opening: 36 mm
Thickness: 14.50 mm
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Material: Platinum 950
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Open-worked
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Hands: Rhodium-plated and faceted gold, coated with Super-LumiNova® SLNC1

Strap
Black rubber with black alligator leather coating
Buckle: Titanium & white gold double folding clasp

Model: Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon, Black carbon
Limited Edition of 50 pieces, Reference: 10.9000.9020/79.R918

Movement
Movement El Primero 9020, Automatic
Calibre 15 3/4“` (Diameter: 35.8 mm)
Movement thickness: 7.9 mm
Components: 311
Exclusivetwo-tone signature on plates and bridges
Jewels 59
Frequency 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve :approx. 50 hours
Finishes: Special oscillating weight with satin-brushed finishes

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Double Tourbillon
1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 VpH / 5 Hz – the carriage makes one full turn in 60 seconds)
1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 VpH / 50 Hz – the carriage performs a complete rotation in 5 sec)
1/100th of a second chronograph:
– Central chronograph hand that makes one sweep of the dial per second
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
– 60-second counter at 6 o’clock
– Chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock

Case
Diameter: 46 mm
Diameter opening: 36 mm
Thickness: 14.50 mm
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal
Material: Black carbon
Water-resistance 10 ATM

Dial
Open-worked
Hour-markers: Black ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with black Super-LumiNova®
Hands: Black ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with black Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Black rubber with Cordura-patterned blue rubber
Buckle: Titanium double folding clasp with black carbon head

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon Openworked

Housing a manufacture movement fully developed in Neuchatel area, Switzerland, the Vertical Double Tourbillon Open-worked embodies perfectly the Speake-Marin brand’s expertise in high end watch making.

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon Openworked

Measuring 46mm diameter, the Piccadilly styled case in red gold accommodates a manual wound Vertical Double Tourbillon movement and a floating dial with its day/night and power reserve indicators.

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon Openworked

The opening of the dial required to re-design the full movement so as the two bridges could hold the Tourbillons from the plate. These two tourbillons benefit from a rate equaliser, Speake-Marin patented. This equaliser links the two wheels by a spiral, which compensates speed from one tourbillon to another so as to insure a perfect chronometry.

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon Openworked

Regarding decorations and finishing, major highlights visible from the front are Matt black finished Tourbillon bridges, matt black floating dial with gold-coated Arab numbers and the signature heart-shaped golden hand.

Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon Openworked

Technical details

Model: Speake-Marin Vertical Double Tourbillon Openworked

Movement
Calibre SMAHH-06, manual wound Vertical Double Tourbillon
Patented rate equalizer between the two tourbillons
Power Reserve: 70 hours

Indications
Off set hours and minutes
Power reserve and Day/Night indicators

Case
Piccadilly case, bezel and case back in 18K red gold
Diameter: 46 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Open-worked dial with two floating tourbillons.
Arab numerals golden coated indexes.
Hands: Heart-shaped golden steel hands

Strap
Alligator and pin buckle in 18K red gold

Rarity
Limited edition of 3 pieces

Price
CHF 285,500 without tax

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Louis Moinet Sideralis Pink Gold Model with Red Aventurine Dial

The cosmic world inspired Sideralis watch from Louis Moinet is now available in a new version featuring pink gold case and red aventurine dial and caseback.

Aventurine is the product of an experiment by a seventeenth-century glass worker, who dipped copper flakes into molten glass. The constellation of sparkling particles produced a beautiful effect – and aventurine was born. Red aventurine, however, is far less well-known than its blue counterpart. That makes it especially appropriate for this very limited edition of twelve Sideralis watches. Its reddish-brown hues form an exceptional heavenly background, hand-painted to resemble the outer reaches of the kind of distant galaxy Louis Moinet himself loved to explore during his astronomical observations.

The time dial, situated at 12 o’clock, comprises two discs, one atop the other. The upper disc is also made from red aventurine. It completes one counter-clockwise rotation every 60 seconds and has a circular opening through which the three planets painted on the lower disc can be glimpsed: Mars, the Moon, and Mercury. Each of the micro-paintings includes genuine dust from the heavenly body in question: a fragment of Mars, moon dust, and extremely rare fragments of the Rosetta Stone, whose scientific name is Sahara 99555. This stone has travelled across the universe to reach us, and is the oldest known to mankind – four and half billion years old. Scientists believe it comes from Mercury.

From a technical point of view, the highlight is the Double Tourbillon. This movement, first unveiled less than two years ago, is a Louis Moinet exclusive. These two tourbillons are especially extraordinary.

Both the tourbillons are oversized, with cages measuring 14.9 mm – half as big again as the average, resulting in the largest assembly of two tourbillons ever to have existed.  The two tourbillons are designed to be physically above the movement – above the dial, even. The two raised cages are large as life and wholly visible, revealing balance wheels with beautifully styled screws – and an absolutely incomparable aesthetic appearance. The tourbillons rotate in opposite directions. The continuous coming and going, side by side, is not just for stylistic reasons; the counter-rotation provides the motive power required for the star mechanism – the Sideralis complication – located at twelve o’clock.

This exceptional Sideralis variation in red aventurine comes in a 47.4-millimetre pink gold case.

Le Rhöne Double-Tourbillon DT-01 Home Time/ DT-02 Home Time

These high complication wristwatches from luxury Swiss watch brand Le Rhöne proudly house two 60 seconds tourbillons on the lower side of its meticulously decorated dial. Centrally positioned minute and hour hands display basic time indication. It also has a 24 hour sub dial placed just below 12ó clock.

Presently there are two models are available: DT-01 Home Time/ DT-02 Home Time. Both timepieces have identical exteriors: White gold case, white gold bezel and Brown gummy Alligator leather strap with Gold deployant buckle.

Le Rhöne DOUBLE-TOURBILLON DT-01 HOME TIME
Le Rhöne DOUBLE-TOURBILLON DT-01 HOME TIME

The watch case measures 45mm diameter and has water resistance up to 30 meters. Silver vertical guilloché dial with Cotes de Geneve decoration features 5N gold indexes for 1, 2, 10 & 11 hour markers and Arabic numerals for 3H and 9H. Both the front and caseback of the watch is protected with sapphire crystal glass.

One major difference between the two models is the type of tourbillon: DT-01 has two tourbillons placed on bridge whereas DT-02 has two flying tourbillons. Another difference is the type of hand placed at 24 hours counter. The manual winding double tourbillon movement can deliver a power reserve of 3 days, approximately 72 hours.

Le Rhöne DOUBLE-TOURBILLON DT-02 HOME TIME
Le Rhöne DOUBLE-TOURBILLON DT-02 HOME TIME

These haute-horlogerie time-pieces are unique pieces, each watch is personalized by the clients by possibilities to change materials, colors, etc.

Technical details

Model: DOUBLE-TOURBILLON DT-01 HOME TIME

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Seconds / 24 Hours Home Time

Movement
DT-01 HOME TIME
2 Tourbillons 60 seconds, Over 3 days of power reserve (>72h)
Frequency: 3 HZ (21’600 Alt/h)
Thickness: 7.45 mm
Manual winding
Tourbillon Bridge of 0.7 mm

Case
White Gold
Dimensions: 45 mm Diameter
Water resistance: 30 meters / 100 feet
Bezel: White gold

Dial
Silver vertical guilloché with Cotes de Geneve / 5N gold indexes

Strap
Brown gummy alligator leather with gold deployant buckle

Model: DOUBLE-TOURBILLON DT-02 HOME TIME

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Seconds / 24 Hours Home Time

Movement
DT-02 HOME TIME
2 Tourbillons 60 seconds, Over 3 days of power reserve (>72h)
Frequency: 3 HZ (21’600 Alt/h)
Thickness: 7.45 mm
Manual winding
Flying tourbillon

Case
White Gold
45 mm diameter
Water resistant: 30 meters / 100 feet
Bezel: White Gold
Sapphire crystal front and case back

Dial
Silver vertical guilloché with Cotes de Geneve / 5N gold indexes

Strap
Brown gummy alligator leather with gold deployant buckle

Speake-Marin Black Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon

After the success of the Vertical Double Tourbillon in 2015, Speake-Marin launches this year a new masterpiece: the Black Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon. This unique piece features two 60-second tourbillons on a “all black” guilded main-plate to enhance the contrast and beauty of the mechanism.

Speake-Marin Black Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon

The tourbillon has played an important role in the story of Speake-Marin. The first timepiece ever to bear the Speake-Marin name was the Foundation Watch, a hand-made pocket watch that Peter Speake-Marin equipped with a tourbillon.

A tour of the dial side begins with the oven-fired enamel subdial with the hours and minutes displayed by Speake-Marin’s signature Foundation hands in heat blued steel. Just above the subdial is a 72-hour power reserve indicator displaying available power by means of a cam shaped disc that opens when fully wound to reveal the gears and mechanisms below, and gradually closes and signals empty when a red section of the disc reaches the central marker. Under the subdial is a day/night indicator visually balancing the power reserve indicator above.

Speake-Marin Black Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon

However, it is the synchronised pirouettes of the twin tourbillons vertically aligned on the left that quickly attracts the viewer’s gaze and grips it tightly. A single massive bridge, impeccably hand finished with mirror polished internal bevels, supports the upper side of both tourbillons.

Each tourbillon has its own independent gear train powered by its own mainspring barrel. The two barrels are wound simultaneously via the crown. A miniature limited-slip spring gearbox – the spring absorbs and balances any subtle variations between the two cages – called an équilibreur de Marché (rate equalizer) links the two tourbillon regulators.

Speake-Marin Black Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon

The proportions of the generously sized 46 mm in an 18K white gold Piccadilly case have been deliberately considered, allowing both space for a large and legible time display and room for the tourbillons to be fully appreciated without being crammed closely together.

For this unique piece, the mainplate was treated “all black” to reveal through a strong contrast of colours the beauty of the mechanism and of the decoration. The inspiration for the movement bridge design and decoration comes in part from one of the first tourbillons in the Speake-Marin collection: The Vintage Tourbillon Mk II.

Like the Vintage Tourbillon, the Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon’s movement features German silver bridges, perlage and ruthenium plating. Geneva stripes covering the 3/4 plate movement differ from the status quo in that the waves run not in one direction but two, away from the centre of the plate.

Speake-Marin Black Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon

Turning the timepiece over, the viewer is rewarded with a magnificent horological vista through the display back, which is also black guilded with contrasted engraving. The underside of the two tourbillons is open to view and a small wheel between the openings of the tourbillon cages marked “Equilibreur de Marche” takes the rate of the two independent regulators and transmits the average of their two rates to the time display.

The équilibreur de Marche linking the two 60-second tourbillons consists of two concentric wheels arranged one on top of the other. A small spring sandwiched between the wheels has each end attached to a wheel. Each wheel rotates with its respective tourbillon cage and the spring between is tensioned when the rates of the two regulators differ, or if subjected to asymmetric shocks.

The Black Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon is a unique piece.

Technical details

Model: Speake-Marin Black Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon

Movement
SM Calibre SM6, manual wound vertical double tourbillon movement. All black guilded treatment mainplate
Power reserve: ~ 70 hours

Indications
Offset hours, minutes with power reserve and day/night indicators

Case
Piccadilly case in 18K white gold
Front and back sapphire crystals treated with antireflective coating
Diameter: 46 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
White enamel dial
Hands: Speake-Marin signature “Foundation” style hands in heat blued steel

Strap
Alligator
Pin buckle in 18K white gold

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Louis Moinet Sideralis Limited Edition

Unveiled at Baselworld 2016, Sideralis by Louis Moinet does not have any equivalent anywhere in the world of watchmaking, and is protected by two patent applications. And over and above purely technical considerations, Sideralis makes an unequivocal statement: Louis Moinet is perhaps the last fully-independent firm to be investing in new components with the sole aim of inspiring awe among lovers of fine watches.

Sideralis is structured around two especially extraordinary tourbillons. Both of these tourbillons are oversized, with cages measuring 14.9 mm – half as big again as the average. This is the largest assembly of two tourbillons ever to have existed. The two tourbillons are designed to be physically above the movement – above the dial, even. The two raised cages are large as life and wholly visible, revealing balance wheels with beautifully styled screws – and an absolutely incomparable aesthetic appearance.

The tourbillons rotate in opposite directions. The continuous coming and going, side by side, is not just for stylistic reasons; the counter-rotation provides the motive power required for the star mechanism – the Sideralis complication.

For the first time ever, a complication is driven by a double tourbillon: a time dial, situated at 12 o’clock, comprising two discs, one atop the other. The top one features a tiny hand-painted picture. This hand-crafted marvel depicts the universe and its constellations of stars and planets, painted one by one on a dark blue sidereal background. The animation completes one counter-clockwise rotation every 60 seconds.

At 12 o’clock on this upper disc there is a circular opening, through which can be glimpsed the three planets painted on the lower disc, seen to be rotating in the opposite direction at the same speed. The feature represents a wholly new conceptual and artistic approach.

Through the opening, the lower disc reveals the planet Mars, the Moon, and Mercury in succession. Each of the micro-paintings includes genuine dust from the heavenly body in question: a fragment of Mars, moon dust, and extremely rare fragments of the Rosetta Stone, whose scientific name is Sahara 99555. Fragments of meteorites from Mars, the Moon and Sahara 99555 also appear on the lower disc, positioned between the planets, floating in the cosmos, or included in a hand-painted shooting star.

The inverted double tourbillon, powering an exclusive complication, is an unprecedented innovation, with two patents pending to protect it. The Sideralis caliber is also fully exclusive to Louis Moinet, mounted on a hand-painted aventurine dial that matches the universe depicted on the time disc. Sideralis comes in a 47.4 mm grey gold case – and in a limited edition of just 28 watches.

Arnold & Son DTE (Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time Watch) White Gold Limited Edition

Arnold & Son announces a new white gold version of its Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch (DTE), a marvel of mechanical mastery and aesthetic elegance.

Renowned for its innovative technology and technical prowess Arnold & Son continually brings horological excellence to new heights. Such is the case with the new DTE reference, which joins the brand’s much-coveted Instrument Collection, whose signature is in-house manufactured movements inspired by the timepieces produced during the second part of John Arnold’s life when he and his son, John Roger, dedicated themselves to the quest for absolute precision.

The DTE is a masterpiece of symmetry, balance and three-dimensional beauty combined with technical foresight and ultimate performance precision.

The watch, powered by the mechanical hand-wound calibre A&S8513, brings the centuries-old tradition of double movements back to life – in 21stcentury style. It features two separate time zone displays – each of which can be set independently from the other thanks to dedicated setting mechanisms. Each has its own gear train and its own tourbillon escapement.

Arnold and Son DTE Limited edition watch white gold version with Silvery opaline dial

In addition to the double tourbillon escapement and the dual dial/dual time indication, the watch is incredibly efficient in that it not only offers local time in hours and minutes, but also offers hours and minutes of a second time zone to be set separately – thereby enabling the wearer to have precise time in zones that differ from Greenwich Mean Time by quarter- or half-hour increments. The double barrels of the watch offer a superb 90 hours of power reserve.

In typical Arnold & Son style, the watch is incredibly detailed and features superlative Haute Horlogerie finishing. The dial side of the timepiece offers symmetry and depth.

It features two silvery opaline dials – one each at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock – for the dual time displays. The two tourbillon escapements are harmoniously balanced at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock and seem to float over the dial thanks to their alluring raised 18-carat white gold bridges.

The backdrop for these double dials and double tourbillon escapements is a magnificently decorated vertical Côtes de Genève stripes plate treated in NAC grey. The two crowns – one each for setting the local and the home time – are located at 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock, and the two mainsprings are wound using the crown at 2 o’clock.

Arnold and Son DTE Limited edition watch white gold version with Silvery opaline dial

The 43.5 mm DTE is created in 18-carat white gold. The silvery opaline dials (with Roman numerals in one and Arabic numerals in the other) are accented with blued hour and minute hands.

The back of the watch features a transparent sapphire crystal for viewing the splendidly decorated nickel-silver movement with NAC grey treatment.

Technical details

Model: DTE, White Gold (Instrument Collection)
Limited edition: 28 timepieces
Reference: 1DTAW.S01A.C121W

Movement
Calibre: A&S8513
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical double tourbillon movement, hand-wound, 42 jewels, diameter 37.3 mm, thickness 8.35 mm, power reserve 90 h, double barrel, 21,600 vibrations/h

Movement decoration: Nickel-silver movement, NAC grey treated with superlative Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand-chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, plate dial side with Côtes de Genève, circular satin-finished wheels with hand-chamfered and polished edges, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads

Tourbillon: 18-carat white gold bridges, satin-finished and mirror polished surfaces with hand-chamfered and polished edges. Hand-chamfered and mirror-polished tourbillon cages

Functions
Local hours and minutes, GMT hours and minutes, double tourbillon

Dial
Silvery opaline

Case
18-carat white gold, diameter 43.5 mm, cambered sapphire with antireflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire case back, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap
Hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather

Breguet Classique Grande Complication 5347 Double Tourbillon, in Pink Gold

Introduced in 2006, the Breguet Double Tourbillon watch houses a hand-wound movement fitted with a pair of tourbillon regulators rotating on the hour axis. An aesthetic as well as a technical masterpiece, the watch features today a pink gold case measuring 44 mm in diameter and housing over 570 components.

Working independently from one another, two tourbillons are coupled by means of differential gears and mounted on a rotating centre plate effecting a complete revolution in twelve hours. The differential device conveys the two tourbillons’ mean rate to the rotating centre plate and to the time-display mechanism.

The rate of the watch is thus the mean rate of the two tourbillons, making its movement twice as precise as a normal one. The hour is shown by the bridge connecting the tourbillon regulators doubling as a watch hand, while the minutes are indicated by a standard hand at centre.

Breguet Classique Grande Complication 5347 Double Tourbillon watch in Pink Gold

Impeccable finish and spectacular new engraving work on the back of the movement further underscore this exceptional timepiece’s appeal. A manually engine-turned mainplate, a chapter ring inscribed with Roman numerals, pink gilt Breguet hands, a movement with decorated bridges and bars and other parts beveled and polished further testify to an exceptionally handsome design of unrivalled beauty and refinement.

Technical details

Model: Breguet Classique 5347 Double Tourbillon in Pink Gold
Reference: 5347BR/11/9ZU

Case
Round, in 18K pink gold, with finely fluted caseband. Sapphire caseback. Diameter: 44 mm. Rounded horns welded to the case, screw pins securing the strap. Water-resistant to 30 meters.

Dial
Ring-shaped, forming a flange in 18K silvered gold. Individually numbered and signed BREGUET. Chapter ring with Roman numerals. Rose gilt open-tipped BREGUET minute hand. The hour hand is an extension of the bridge supporting the two tourbillon carriages. Manually engine-turned center plate featuring apertures for the two tourbillons and rotating in step with the hours.

Movement
Hand-wound mechanical movement with twin tourbillon regulators mounted on the manually engine-turned rotating center plate. The two regulators are coupled by a differential gear that combines the mean rate of the two movements. The tourbillons effect a complete revolution in 12 hours. Movement numbered and signed BREGUET. 50-hour power reserve. 16 ½ lines. 85 jewels. Cal. 588. BREGUET overcoil. Frequency 2.5 Hz. Monometallic BREGUET balance wheels with four gold regulating screws. Adjusted in 6 positions. The back of the movement bears a hand-engraved representation of the solar system, inspired by the 60-second rotation of the tourbillons on themselves and their rotation in tandem around a center axis over a 12-hour period.

JORG HYSEK XX-Ray

Introduced in 2004 by famous watchmaker-designer JORG HYSEK, the XX-Ray is a world premiere double tourbillon timepiece which incorporates two mechanical wound tourbillon movements. Meticulously hand engraved and decorated, these movements deliver a power reserve of 100 hours. Available in 18 carat white or pink gold, this exceptional timepiece is produced in a limited edition of 10 pieces.

JORG HYSEK XX-Ray automatic two tourbillon watch

Technical details

Movement
Mechanical, hand-wound, hand-engraved and decorated
Tourbillon 1 minute, 21,600 V/h (3HZ)
100-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, second time zone

Case 
750 (18C) white or pink gold
76 x 41.35 x 13.8
Sapphire crystal and back

Dial
Tinted sapphire, opening for the tourbillon

Strap
Black rubber, double clasp in gold

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5347

Unveiled at Baselworld 2006, the Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347 includes a hand-wound movement fitted with a pair of tourbillon regulators rotating on the hour axis.

The 44 mm diameter case of this timepiece houses over 570 components, all painstakingly assembled by Breguet’s master watchmakers. The model featured here is made of platinum.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5347
Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5347 in Platinum

The Breguet Double Tourbillon 5347 houses the Cal. 588, a hand-wound mechanical movement with twin tourbillon regulators mounted on the manually engine-turned rotating center plate.

Working independently from one another, two tourbillons are coupled by means of differential gears and mounted on a rotating center plate effecting a complete revolution in twelve hours. The differential device conveys the two tourbillons’ mean rate to the rotating center plate and to the time-display mechanism.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5347

The rate of the watch is thus the mean rate of the two tourbillons, making its movement twice as precise as a normal one.

At the dial side, the Double Tourbillon 5347 watch has a manually engine-turned mainplate, and a chapter ring inscribed with Roman numerals. Placed at the centre, the open-tipped Breguet hand in blued finish indicates the minute.

The two tourbillons are placed at 4 and 10 o’clock, respectively. The hour is shown by the bridge connecting the tourbillon regulators doubling as a watch hand.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5347

The Breguet Caliber 588 mechanical double tourbillon movement features decorated bridges and bars and other parts bevelled and polished. Impeccably carried out, the spectacular engraving work on the back of the movement evokes the solar system. This exceptional art work can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5347

Technical details

Model: Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5347 Platinum

Reference
Ref. 5347PT/11/9ZU: in platinum 950

Case
Round, in 18K pink gold or platinum 950, with finely fluted caseband
Sapphire caseback
Diameter: 44 mm
Rounded horns welded to the case, screw pins securing the strap
Water-resistant to 30 meters

Dial
Ring-shaped, forming a flange in 18K silvered gold
Individually numbered and signed Breguet
Chapter ring with Roman numeral
Rose gilt or blued open-tipped Breguet minute hand
The hour hand is an extension of the bridge supporting the two tourbillon carriages
Manually engine-turned center plate featuring apertures for the two tourbillons and rotating in step with the hours

Movement
Cal. 588
Hand-wound mechanical movement with twin tourbillon regulators mounted on the manually engine-turned rotating center plate. The two regulators are coupled by a differential gear that combines the mean rate of the two movements. The tourbillons effect a complete revolution in 12 hours
Movement numbered and signed Breguet
50-hour power reserve
16 ½ lines
85 jewels
Breguet over-coil
Frequency: 2.5 Hz
Monometallic Breguet balance wheels with four gold regulating screws
Adjusted in 6 positions
The back of the movement bears a hand-engraved representation of the solar system, inspired by the 60-second rotation of the tourbillons on themselves and their rotation in tandem around a center axis over a 12-hour period.