Wilhelm Rieber is a German master watch maker who is specialized in creation of exclusive Tourbillon watches.
It is of Abraham-Louis Breguet that he packed two hundred years of clocking into barely fifty years. Experts regard him as the most eminent clockmaker of all time. His list of customers is an expedition through world history; Napoleon, Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Kings, dukes and peers.
His pocket watch with the automatic wider caused a sensation. Also the watches with hands that can be touched within the bark or read by the blind go back to Breguet. The greatest of his inventions was the Tourbillon, which releases time from the influence of gravity. This mechanism has the lever wheel, the lever and the balance wheel in a mobile structure mounted on the pinion of the fourth wheel.
The filigree case rotates once a minute on its axle allowing for adjustments to any deviations of position or centre of gravity. While the high degree of accuracy can be achieved by other means nowadays, to this day the Tourbillon is more than just an exclusive mechanism. It is one of the greatest of all complications so is a feature of watches of remarkably high value.
One hundred and eighty years after Breguet, a dedicated watchmaker in the Swabian Mountains, Wilhelm Rieber, now ranks alongside him. A major project undertaken by is Wilhelm Rieber a limited series of 12 Maybach Tourbillons-homage to the genius of master watchmakers. The first specimen was handed over to Maybach manufacturers in April 2008.
The Maybach Tourbillon watch by Wilhelm Rieber and the Maybach luxury saloon car from Daimler Chrysler belong to the most elite class with in the world of bespoke and high luxury creations.
Both of these valuable objects are characterized by high quality materials, perfect craftsmanship and maximum precision. They embody the philosophy that once helped Maybach Motorenbau GmbH to secure a worldwide reputation. Creating the very best of the best, refused to be satisfied with the good – this is what makes Wilhelm Rieber’s creation, the expression of a great idea and watch of watches, a kindred spirit with the Maybach.
This highly exclusive watch collection has a deep connection with the number 12. Twelve cylinders make the Maybach engine a tremendous power house and only twelve of these fascinating Maybach watches will ever be made.
Where there is light there does not always to be shadow. And some times, what glitters really is gold. The philosopher’s stone is said transform base metals into gold. In tourbillon, it is not one but 17 unique stones that transform the nickel – silver movement in to precision instrument of the very highest caliber. The stones on the lower third wheel and centre wheel are set in screwed gold settings. The approximately 6mm thick full plate movement has a power reserve of 40 hours.
In this rare case, it’s worth taking a look at the back: the movement is decorated with fine Geneva stripes and hand engraved, gold plated signature tells you need to know about its origin, manufacturer and year of manufacture as well as serial number.
Whether measured by the phases of the moon or by hours- time remains indivisible. It runs cyclically, but it also runs out. Time is valuable as are the instruments we use to visualize and control it. The Maybach watch grants an insight into its inner workings and does not conceal its tempestuous nature.
68 individual parts, hardened, polished steel. Weighing only as much as about ten grains of rice and yet full of life; a Tourbillon lays bare the pulse of time. The hand crafted revolving carriage is easily recognizable. The 18 carat rose gold case holds together cock, mainspring and escapement, balance wheel and anchor, wheels and pinions, stones and screws. The varnished and printed dial presents both the hours and the Maybach emblem. The Breguet hands and the tip of the second hand are made of gold.
The Maybach Tourbillon by Wilhelm Rieber is handmade accordance with good old watch making craftsmanship. A few wheels, pinions, stones, screws and mainsprings are procured from outside and then reworked. Everything else is made exclusively by hand. As each of the Maybach vehicles, the Maybach watch is a unique piece that cannot be reproduced by just anyone. Although the watches and automobiles may appear similar from the outside, each example is unique and individual.
Model: Maybach Tourbillon by Wilhelm Rieber
Year of manufacture: 2003
Calibre: Maybach Rieber No 1
Manual winding in-house movement
Diameter: 32.6mm, height (without removing cage):6.2mm
Two screwed gold settings
Visible flying 1 –minute Tourbillon with Swiss anchor escapement
Revolving cage diameter: 14.8mm
Weight without balance wheel: 0.32 g
Screw balance (diameter: 12.3mm) with Breguet spiral
Back of movement with gold plated hand – engraving and decorated with Geneva stripes
Power reserve: 40 hours
High-gloss cream colored dial with added decorative elements
Silver plated and printed minute graduation and second ring.
18 carat rose gold
Diameter: 38.5mm; Height: 13mm
Screwed bezel with sapphire crystal
7 fold screwed back with sapphire crystal
Crown made of gold
Crocodile – leather strap with 18 carat rose-gold clasp
Polished cherry-tree box with special holder for securing the watch (length: 200mm; width: 100mm; height: 58mm)
A fabric pouch is included to protect the box
Limited to 12 watches
On request and at an additional charge, modifications can be made to the material, decoration or strap
Decorative diamonds on dial, strap or bezel
Case variants in platinum or white gold
Solid watch strap made of white gold or platinum
However, the fundamental character of the Maybach Tourbillon by Wilhelm Rieber must be retained
For basic model and individualizations: On request
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