In the Saxon town of Glassworks, the union of elegance and mechanics has long given life to timepieces with elaborate finishes. In 1920, the master watchmaker Alfred Helwig creates a tourbillon, one of the most complex complications of haute horlogerie, which seems to float in the absence of gravity, anchoring the mechanism on one side only.
Today Glashütte Original presents the invention of Alfred Helwig in an innovative and sophisticated version. The Saxon manufacture was able for the first time to combine the flying tourbillon with a seconds stop, reset and minute synchronization mechanism, allowing for extremely precise time adjustment (the rotating tourbillon cage stops as soon as the crown is pulled out. , consequently the second hand that is mounted on the cage also stops). Glashütte Original applied for two patents for this complex construction.
The crown is pulled out to set the time. This activates a vertical clutch that locks the tourbillon cage and, therefore, the balance wheel, in its current position. If the crown is pulled out further and held in this position, the second hand advances clockwise to zero and the minute hand advances to the next index. During this process, a swiveling damper ensures smooth movement.
This first platinum edition, limited to 25 pieces, is chronometer certified (the watches undergo 15 days of testing in five different positions and at three different temperatures).
The hand-wound Caliber 58-05 offers chronometric precision cloaked in elegance, beats at a frequency of 21.600 alt / hour, when fully wound it has a power reserve of 70 hours, displayed in the indicator at 9 o'clock. in silicon also offers greater protection from magnetic fields and temperature variations.
The 42 mm platinum case encloses a movement with an elegantly decorated finish. Under the off-center galvanic blue dial, fascinating parts of the various levels and finishes can be seen. The dial and flying tourbillon rise like small towers above the upper and lower halves of the movement, creating a stunning three-dimensional effect. The skeletonized design and a partially transparent sapphire crystal ring with seconds scale draw the eye into the depths of the watch. The decoration is complemented by a series of hand-made engravings and the classic Glashütte ribbon finish.
A particularly sophisticated detail is also soberly inserted on the upper edge of the dial. The mirrored upper ring shows the inscription at 12 o'clock "Chronometer Tourbillon", engraved in reverse on the dial closure. The caseback also boasts charming and elaborate traditional finishes. The model is completed by a dark blue Louisiana alligator strap with a platinum folding clasp.
Price 158.300 EURO.