On Decmeber 4, Morton Subastas will host their sale, Dondé Foundation - Timepieces and Jewelry Auction, highlighting watches from makers such as makers such as Piaget, Cartier, Maurice Lacroix, Omega and many others. Several timepieces featured in the sale will include the highly sought-after tourbillon mechanism.
The tourbillon is one of the most revolutionary, ingenious, and outstanding inventions within the world of horology.
Tourbillon, translated into English, literally means "whirlwind". This term, however, has little to do with the weather, and everything to do with watchmaking excellence. The tourbillon is a small mechanism that helps improve a watch’s accuracy by compensating any deviations caused by gravity from day-to-day use; this mechanism regulates the balance and the escapement of the mechanism each time the watch’s position changes.
The tourbillon was created in 1795 and patented in 1801 by Abraham-Louis Breguet. Today, few manufacturers master this sophisticated gem of watchmaking, which is why tourbillons are considered an exclusive element present only in some high-end modern watches from some of the world’s most exclusive brands.
Modern designs typically allow the tourbillon to be seen through a window in the watch face in order to allow viewers to see how it works.
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