Tourbillons: Yea or Nay

Where would you rather have your tourbillon showing? Or would you rather just not have a watch with one?
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I thought they were pointless unless in a pocket watch?

nichtvondiesemjahrhundert

I thought they were pointless unless in a pocket watch?

I鈥檝e heard the same from multiple sources. It鈥檚 more eye candy and entering a mechanical pissing contest than anything.

If I'm going to pay extra for the mechanism, I want to see it.

I can't square the circle on this. If I liked open hearts I'd definitely have one by now (from AliX, I'm not that far gone!)

To me the whole point is to be mesmerised by the movement which you can't do if it's hidden. But I don't like the look of a dial with a hole cut into it. So where does that leave me?

I have found one that I like. I need an AliX version of a tourbillon regulator. Not much to ask!

The below is by ALS, and comfortably into 6 figures. I think I like it because it works as a subdial in a well balanced regulator format, with the second hand attached to the one-minute tourbillon. I also like that it's not a clean circle cut-out, part of the dial runs across it.

ALS obviously thought a tourbillon was too easy, so they added some extras. Rather than a barrel it has a fuse-chain, 600 parts of the 1000 in the movement. Pulling the crown stops the movement, I'd hesitate to call it anything as crude as 'hacking'. The tourbillon jewel is a diamond. And the hour dial slides across to complete the circle between 8 and 12, then retracts for the other 8 hours.

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Cantaloop

I can't square the circle on this. If I liked open hearts I'd definitely have one by now (from AliX, I'm not that far gone!)

To me the whole point is to be mesmerised by the movement which you can't do if it's hidden. But I don't like the look of a dial with a hole cut into it. So where does that leave me?

I have found one that I like. I need an AliX version of a tourbillon regulator. Not much to ask!

The below is by ALS, and comfortably into 6 figures. I think I like it because it works as a subdial in a well balanced regulator format, with the second hand attached to the one-minute tourbillon. I also like that it's not a clean circle cut-out, part of the dial runs across it.

ALS obviously thought a tourbillon was too easy, so they added some extras. Rather than a barrel it has a fuse-chain, 600 parts of the 1000 in the movement. Pulling the crown stops the movement, I'd hesitate to call it anything as crude as 'hacking'. The tourbillon jewel is a diamond. And the hour dial slides across to complete the circle between 8 and 12, then retracts for the other 8 hours.

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That is a lovely watch. I still can't stop thinking it would look better with beautiful restrained classicism on the dial and exuberant rococo decoration on the back. Not mixing the two. Or pure skeletonisation and no dial.

Cantaloop

I can't square the circle on this. If I liked open hearts I'd definitely have one by now (from AliX, I'm not that far gone!)

To me the whole point is to be mesmerised by the movement which you can't do if it's hidden. But I don't like the look of a dial with a hole cut into it. So where does that leave me?

I have found one that I like. I need an AliX version of a tourbillon regulator. Not much to ask!

The below is by ALS, and comfortably into 6 figures. I think I like it because it works as a subdial in a well balanced regulator format, with the second hand attached to the one-minute tourbillon. I also like that it's not a clean circle cut-out, part of the dial runs across it.

ALS obviously thought a tourbillon was too easy, so they added some extras. Rather than a barrel it has a fuse-chain, 600 parts of the 1000 in the movement. Pulling the crown stops the movement, I'd hesitate to call it anything as crude as 'hacking'. The tourbillon jewel is a diamond. And the hour dial slides across to complete the circle between 8 and 12, then retracts for the other 8 hours.

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Holy shit!