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    Tourbillon question

    What does it exactly do?

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    Re: Tourbillon question

    It raises the price of a watch by a few orders of magnitude.
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    Re: Tourbillon question

    it keeps your balance wheel (that thingy that oscillates), spinning along an axis, so that the tiny forces of gravity do not mess up its speed. It was originated in pocketwatches (breguet to be exact) because they always were upright in your vest pocket.

    Since a wristwatch is on a wrist, and it moves around, its kinda unnecessary. Unless you wanna show off to your friends, then its completely necessary.

    hope thats clear enough. maybe someone else can chime in on a balance wheel. Kinda hard to explain in a simple way.


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    Re: Tourbillon question

    As polaco said, but it looks bloody stunning too! magnificent piece of engineering!

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    Re: Tourbillon question

    Polaco has got it on the mark:



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourbillon

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    Re: Tourbillon question

    Thanks guys!

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    Re: Tourbillon question

    Walrus is also technically correct
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    Re: Tourbillon question

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchero View Post
    What does it exactly do?
    Once upon a time when people carried pocketwatches in the pocket the tourbillon allowed the escapement to change positions and average out the error rates from various positions. At the time it was very expensive and really out of reach for most watch owners.


    Watch design has improved in the ensuing 100 plus years and has improved watch accuracy. Additonally we have started wearing watches on wrists instead of carrying them in pockets which allows the escapement to vary position all day long.

    The technical benefits of this feature have been lost to time. It exists as an entertaining and interesting technical project for builders of expensive watches. Some watchmakers have taken the more is better approach and created movements with multiple tourbillons.

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