Precision manufacture has made tourbillons unnecessary for improving accuracy today, but big name watchmakers continue to add them to show off their technical skills. Photo: Breguet
Precision manufacture has made tourbillons unnecessary for improving accuracy today, but big name watchmakers continue to add them to show off their technical skills. Photo: Breguet
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How does the tourbillon work and how did it revolutionise watchmaking? Invented by Breguet in 1801, Bulgari, Richard Mille and Jaeger-LeCoultre still love it today

  • Invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet for Napoleon in 1801, today the complication comes in many forms as luxury watch brands show off their craftsmanship
  • Patek Philippe even hid the tourbillon on the back of a certain model, while Jaeger-LeCoultre, Girard-Perregaux and MB&F have tourbillons rotating on multiple axes

Precision manufacture has made tourbillons unnecessary for improving accuracy today, but big name watchmakers continue to add them to show off their technical skills. Photo: Breguet
Precision manufacture has made tourbillons unnecessary for improving accuracy today, but big name watchmakers continue to add them to show off their technical skills. Photo: Breguet
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