April 26 2017
A tourbillon is a mechanism which attempts to optimize precision within mechanical timepieces. This device aims to equalize the effects of gravity on a watch by mounting the balance wheel and escapement inside a rotating cage. Within the cage, the escapement spins around its own axis and rotates one revolution per minute in order to compensate for position changes over 360 degrees.
Crafted originally for function, this device is now equally appreciated for its exceptional aesthetics. Modern watchmakers employ highly valued tourbillons for precision, design and superior craftsmanship in the finest of timepieces.