One of the most appreciated horological accomplishments, the tourbillon (French for tornado) was initially evolved by Abraham Louis Breguet in 1801 to compensate for the impacts of gravity on the rate accuracy of mechanical pocket watches.
In request to see a critical improvement to the first tourbillon, we needed to stand by over a century when Alfred Helwig, ace watchmaker and teacher at the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte, planned the main flying tourbillon in 1920. Instead of being upheld by an extension on the dial side and a scaffold on the development side, the flying tourbillon was gotten to the plate on one side just so offering an unhindered perspective on the system on the opposite side.
An illustration of Alfred Helwig’s flying tourbillon
In his honor and once in a while of the 100th commemoration of his advancement, Glashütte Original is introducing the Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 1920 Limited Edition.
A watch of unadulterated and downplayed tastefulness with its spotless dial and the tourbillon covered up on the converse of the development, this limited edition of only 25 pieces is housed in a 40 mm x 11.6 mm rose gold case.
The dial is formed in strong gold, accordingly silver-plated by erosion and completed by a railroad section ring with applied lists and filigree twirly doo style submits rose gold.
Positioned at 6 o’clock, the little seconds show bears the engraving ”Tourbillon”, foreseeing the mechanical wonder that can be appreciated on the opposite side.
The fastidiously completed hand-wound development, Caliber 54-01, beats at 21,600 vibrations each hour (3 Hz) and ensures an amazing running season of 100 hours.
Finishes remember the sunburst beautification for the spring barrel cover, Glashütte stripes on the three-quarter plate, blued screws and screw-mounted gold chatons, just as an incredible number of cleaned steel parts.
Final get together of the 25 bits of the new limited edition will be acted in the noteworthy structure that once housed the German Watchmaking School Glashütte where Alfred Helwig instructed for a very long time and that, since 2008, is the home not exclusively to the German Watch Museum Glashütte, yet in addition to the Historic Workshop of Glashütte Original, whose staff have practical experience in the reclamation and upkeep of important watches made in Glashütte.
Matched to an earthy colored Louisiana crocodile cowhide lash with a pin clasp, the new Glashütte Original Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 1920 Limited Edition (ref. 1-54-01-01-01-01) has a cost of Euro 116,970. glashuette-original.com
– The Tourbillon: history of a watchmaking accomplishment
– Our visit to the Glashütte Original manufactory