My selection of five of the finest tourbillon replica watches presented in 2015.
1. Cartier Replica Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon
This is the skeletonized version of the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon, a watch that was presented in 2010. It is powered by the in-house Calibre 9451 MC movement in which the tourbillon has an elongated carriage that enables the balance to rotate around the dial, once a minute. The balance bridge is in the form of an arrow and so becomes a seconds hand. It is different from a normal tourbillon in which the two axes of rotation are close together and combined into a single unit, but the technical function of neutralizing the detrimental effect of gravity on the movement’s precision by constantly altering the position of the balance wheel axis remains the same. In this piece, the movement is suspended from the giant XII and VI numerals, and displayed by the sapphire crystal glasses on front and back of the Cartier replica watches uk. The only other link between the movement and the case is the bar at 3 o’clock bearing the Cartier logo that conceals the pin from the crown. The movement, in this case Calibre 9461 MC, is in German silver, with titanium used for the circular bridges on the back of the movement. Along with the white gold of the case, the result is an intriguing composition of silvery colours. The watch is a limited edition of 100 units in white gold, price about €120,000 plus tax.
2. Ulysse Nardin Replica Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon
The Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon is a remarkable replica watches incorporating bi-stable blade technology, the culmination of eight years’ research and development. While a normal escapement has a pallet fork mounted on a pivot, in this constant escapement tourbillon watch it is mounted on two blade springs whose geometry keeps them in a bistable state. The blade springs, made in silicon, are incredibly thin: less than a tenth of the thickness of a human hair. The pallet fork has been completely redesigned, and the geometry of this component, along with the escape wheel and balance wheel, is such that the energy that the balance wheel delivers to the pallet fork to kick it across is less than the energy that it receives from the two blade springs immediately after. So the balance wheel maintains a positive energy balance. This is one of the reasons why this tourbillon – notoriously a mechanism that absorbs a lot of energy – has a power reserve of at least seven days. Other reasons include the 18,000 vph (3 Hertz) balance speed, the two mainspring barrels, and the very light tourbillon cage. The 60-second tourbillon has a cage comprising 35 components but weighing just 0.4 grams. The power reserve is shown on a circular arc indicator around the opening for the tourbillon. The white gold version is a limited series of 18 pieces, each costing €88,000; the rose gold version is also an 18-piece limited edition, price €84,000.
3. Replica De Bethune DBS Tourbillon
This watch by De Bethune has a lot of the classic De Bethune features, in part because it is an anniversary piece, marking ten years from their first DBS made for the 2005 Only Watch charity auction. The new DBS Tourbillon retains some of the features of the original, such as the conical lower lugs, the hinged link between the top strap and the case, and the crown at 12 o’clock; the principal addition is the tourbillon. It’s an intriguing piece, and the more you look at it, the more you are drawn in to its tightly-nested series of circles like intersecting planetary orbits, with the blue orbs of the hour markers, the blued steel hands shooting out from the centre like blue comets or supersonic aircraft, and the glimpse of wheels deep down behind the skeletonized dial and deltoid-shaped movement bridges. The fake watches uk is a perfect illustration of what happens when watchmakers and designers coordinated by founders Denis Flageollet and David Zanetta are able to work on all components, making everything from scratch. They don’t have to make compromises, they don’t have to work with the limitations that you have if you are simply buying a movement and designing a case around it. They don’t want a date window? Perfect, and the watch benefits. Denis Flageollet believes that a tourbillon regulator for a wristwatch should run faster than for a pocket watch (for which Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the system) to better resist the jolts of the wrist, and so the tourbillon revolves twice a minute, with the regulator running at 36,000 vph (10 Hertz). This is achieved by making the tourbillon assembly very light, a total of just 0.18 grams for all the 63 parts – the lightest of which weighs in at under 0.0001 gram. Weight is kept low by the use of high-tech materials such as silicon and titanium. The De Bethune DBS Tourbillon is a limited edition of ten, price 195,000 Swiss francs.
4. Piaget Replica Emperador Coussin 1270S ultra-thin tourbillon automatic skeleton
This watch is intriguing, with its off-centred hour and minute hands, the absence of the usual dial markings, and the slewed figure-of-eight that encloses the automatic winding rotor and the tourbillon. But where Piaget are excelling in their latest Piaget replica watches is in the crystalline clarity of the engineering, and their ability to tell a story. Because after that initial first glance, a skeleton watch becomes an open book that invites detailed examination with a lens, and it’s then that it draws you in and fascinates you. The story that it tells includes tiny details such as the Piaget crest on the oscillating weight, the P initial on the tourbillon, the company motto, Toujours faire mieux que necessaire (Always do better than is necessary) visible on the caseback side, and the architecture with the figure-of-eight motif alluding to the concept of infinity. Just the fact that the oscillating weight is clearly displayed on the dial side shows the attention paid to the display of time’s narrative, so that the watch is ever-changing both in the tourbillon’s continuous movement, the swinging weight, and the gear train that can be glimpsed from the front and is clearly visible through the caseback. In a way it continues the quest for transparency in engineering that could be seen in last year’s Piaget Altiplano 38 mm 900P. The case is just 8.85 mm thick, giving Piaget another ultra-thin record, this time for the thinnest skeleton automatic tourbillon watch. The watch is made in two versions, white gold (with black details), G0A40041, and pink gold, G0A40042; the case is large at 46.5 mm width. The watch has a black or brown alligator strap.
5. Replica Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière
This watch looks a bit like a 1960s clock radio, with its long rectangular case, and the brand Angelus mentions, amongst its design inspirations, televisions by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso for Brionvega and record players designed by Dieter Rams for Braun. In this piece, a stainless steel case has seven sapphire glass windows, one of which is the watch glass for the time display on the left, while the other large sapphire on the right curves down over the side and provides a grandstand view of the tourbillon. The dial is shaped like a shallow pan, with very long second indices which highlight a feature of the movement: the dead beat (or true beat) seconds complication so that the second hand moves once a second, like a quartz clock. The second hand has a large circular counterweight which exactly frames the “A” logo at 6 o’clock when the second hand reaches 12. But all the attention is on the flying tourbillon, which can be viewed from 5 sides, through the main window, another on the caseback, and two smaller windows on the long sides of the pop replica watches. The tourbillon is separated from the rest of the movement, which is in the left-hand side of the case under the dial. The tourbillon balance runs at 2.5 Hertz, 18,000 vph, and the tourbillon bridge is in titanium. On the lower caseband, there is a linear power reserve display: the watch is hand-wound and has a power reserve of 90 hours, provided by the two mainspring barrels that can be seen on the caseback. The Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière has a price tag of 100,000 Swiss francs (about €92,500), in a limited edition of 25 pieces.