Glashutte Original Senator Tourbillon Edition Alfred Helwig
With regards to fine complications, the Tourbillion is quite revered in the watch industrty. There are very few luxury watch companies today who do it well and it really is a dying art, thus the ridiculously high prices. However, when you think about what it actually does as a function it’s kind of useless and more decorative. For those of you out there who are unfamilar with what a Tourbillon complication is, a Tourbillon aims to counter the effects of gravity by mounting the escapement and balance wheel in a rotating cage, to negate the effect of gravity when the timepiece (thus the escapement) is stuck in a certain position. By continuously rotating the entire balance wheel/escapement assembly at a slow rate (typically about one revolution per minute), the tourbillon averages out positional errors. A wristwatch in itself is a Tourbillon becuase it’s constantly in different positions when worn. This complication was developed when pocket watches were the norm and wristwatches weren’t produced.
That being said, Glashutte Original just released the Senator Tourbillon Edition Alfred Helwig and it’s awesome! For starters it’s super limited. Only 25 pieces are being produced for the world. This NEW watch bears the name of the inventor of the Flying Tourbillon, Alfred Helwig. He was Born in the region of Niederlausitz, and graduated with honours in 1905, having completed his training at the German Watchmaking School Glashütte, where he remained a loyal teacher for more than forty years. Given his work and writings, he is considered one of the most important figures in the history of Glashütte watchmaking and yet it is his invention of the Flying Tourbillon from 1920 that has secured him his place in the international annals of haute horlogerie.
Great ,so what is a Flying Tourbillon? The Flying Tourbillon is a variation of the tourbillon pioneered by Abraham-Louis Breguet. Rather than being supported by a bridge or cock at both the top and bottom, it is cantilevered, being only supported from one side.
Glashutte Original released a Flying Tourbillon in 2013 known as the Senator Tourbillon. This limited edition is similar but completely different. The dial is a silver-grained instead of black with textured surface. Laser-engraved black indecses and railroad chapter ring. The case is 42mm and made out of white gold. Instead of a a regular numeral 1, there is a “No. X/25” styled to look like the hour marker. This is quite clever and unique. It has deep steel blued hands instead of rhodium plated hands to differentiate it from the original.
The movement details are below
What makes this limited edition Tourbillon do it for me is that it’s clean and easy to read. I love the contrast between the silver dial, jet black Roman numerals and deep steel blued leaf styled hands. There is hardly any text on the dial and its quite balanced considering there is a panorama date function under the twelve o’clock positiona and a Flying Tourbillon function above the six o”clock position. I know it’s only limited to 25 pieces but the price tag is not very forgiving at $118,600.
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