Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Chronoswiss Regulateur a Tourbillion

Two centuries of "whirlwind" are a worthy occasion to introduce the "Régulateur à Tourbillon." This timepiece is the expression of the fascination that emanates from this little marvel. The tourbillon's cage completes one rotation around its own axis every 60 seconds. The balance, balance-spring, and escapement all rotate along with it, thereby outsmarting gravity and ensuring that time never strays out of equilibrium. A fine but decisive difference is built into the little cage at the "6" which takes the place of a seconds-hand. As Breguet had opted to do centuries ago, here too the cage carries a classical screw balance, balance-spring, and escapement mechanism. This watch is also a genuine premiere because, to the best of my knowledge, no wristwatch has ever before included both a tourbillon mechanism and a regulator dial. Movement: Chronoswiss Caliber C.361, manual winding. Displays hour,minute and second. Blued steel hands. Diameter 38mm, height 10.6mm. Platinium versions limited to 99 pieces worldwide.