Baselworld 2013: Harry Winston and the fascination of the whirl wind

With his collection Histoire de Tourbillon Harry Winston is the question for several years, as the mechanism of the Tourbillon can be more than 2000 years after his invention to develop. Also the recent addition of the brand, which is part of the Swatch Group recently, pays homage to the inventor spirit that comes in all this collection’s timepieces since its launch to the expression. The radical reinterpretation of the Tourbillon theme shows the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 as a true child of the 21st century. The design of the avant-garde and the intransigence of the precision instruments are reflected in their unusual aesthetic.

Its inventor patented the Tourbillon (german: whirlwind) in 1801 as a solution for a typical problem of pocket watches, which held usually in vertical position in a Pocket – this gravity could take disturbing effects on the accuracy of the watch. At that time, a Tourbillon cage rotating on a single level was enough. A modern wrist watch, however, which takes all possible positions in the course of a day, requires a much more complex solution – and from this position issue which arose Histoire de Tourbillon 4.

History meets modern design: the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 revolve equal to three Tourbillon cage

Is at the Centre of the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 a single balance, which is mounted in a total of three tour Tourbillon cages, turning not only at different speeds, but also against each other entangled rotational levels. As a wristwatch is permanently moves in three-dimensional space the Tourbillon itself also had to be to the three-dimensional object. The inner cage in which balance and inhibition are housed, rotates once in 45 seconds. The medium-sized cage surrounding him revolves once in 75 seconds, and the outer cage needed 300 seconds for a turn. The combined movement of all three cages ensures that the force of gravity at any time can disrupt the regular oscillation of the balance.

In the entire movement of the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 numerous constructive subtleties that ensure maximum efficiency and seconds fraction exact gear precision the mechanism can be found. For example, the two quickly rotating barrels, providing more energy due to less friction, or the Tourbillon, bringing only 1.57 grams despite its dimensions.

To provide a lightweight, robust and corrosion-resistant platform the delicate Tourbillon mechanism, Platine and bridges of the movement were made of titanium.

Tour Tourbillon cages arranged in different planes are equipped with a two Schenk leagues second hand, which is shaped like an airplane propeller. Strong, modern colors and the open dial, which allows deep insights into the technology, underline the allusions to forms of modern architecture and mechanical engineering and build a stylistic bridge to classic cockpit fittings at the same time.

The arranged also in different levels, domed Sapphire Crystal and the nested scale elements form a mechanical metropolis in miniature, a fascinating utopia of horological perfection.

In the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 plug

over 3500 gruelling hours of research and development work; Functional and load testing of high-performance movement and homologation tests took 400 hours to complete. The most skilled watchmakers need 160 hours to install the total 345 components of the movement and to cups in a luxurious housing made of white gold, which middle part and lugs are made of typical of Harry Winston alloy Zalium.

This exclusive and outlandish timepieces produced in an Edition limited to 20 copies worldwide.


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