Constellation experts said that the second Mercury retrograde in 2018 is coming again, starting from July 26 to August 19, and Mercury retrograde regardless of constellation will affect all people. Contradictions in relationships, oolong in the workplace, minor health or financial troubles … don’t be afraid! This time we are ready for the magic of fortune. Every time I see a tourbillon watch, the mechanical structure that keeps flying in the air on the disk reminds me of the phrase ‘the sky is healthy, the gentleman is constantly improving!’ The device, named after the French ‘Tourbillon’, seems to have the function of transferring water from the wind. Tian Xingjian, the gentleman is constantly improving! As a watch fan, you must know what a tourbillon is! It is not clear if there is no problem, here is a quick science popularization. The tourbillon, Tourbillon, comes from the French ‘vortex’. It refers to the timepiece’s speed regulating mechanism—escape fork, escapement wheel, balance wheel, and hairspring are put into a frame that rotates 360 degrees continuously to offset the effect of gravity on the hairspring, so that the time of the clock is more accurate. . The tourbillon invented by Mr. Breguet in his early years was the invention of Mr. Breguet in 1795. Most of the watches and clocks of that era were pocket watches and were placed upright in the pocket. Therefore, the balance spring always stood upright, so that the hairspring was under the ground. The effect of gravitational gravity cannot be contracted in a concentric circle, so Mr. Baoji rotates the speed control mechanism 360 degrees, so that the balance spring is affected uniformly to offset the error. However, now is the era of watches. Watches move irregularly on our wrists and no longer stand upright like pocket watches, so the role of tourbillons has not been so important. The tourbillon was born for a pocket watch in its early years. As one of the three complicated functions of a watch, the tourbillon, one of the three questions, and the perpetual calendar, is still carried forward by many brands, because there is such a mechanism that rotates and dances on the disk. It is indeed pleasing to the eye, and its ornamental value is far higher than the practical value. And such a structure that weighs less than one gram and usually contains dozens of parts is also a manifestation of the brand’s watchmaking strength. Therefore, the tourbillon watches of first-tier brands usually sell for at least 100,000 yuan. The tourbillon watch has an asking price of over 1 million yuan. But to be honest, in this era, watch design, development, production, and inspection and calibration are basically done by computers, which greatly reduces the threshold and difficulty of making tourbillons. It has greatly increased, and there are many kinds of flying tourbillons, dual-axis tourbillons, three-axis tourbillons, spherical tourbillons, double tourbillons, 30-second tourbillons, tilting tourbillons, center tourbillons, external tourbillons, Mysterious tourbillon, magnetic tourbillon … It is really too trivial to prepare, and each one can write a colorful report. In this article, I will take you to appreciate the 5 tourbillon watches that I have personally played at the Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Expo 2018. Their common feature is ‘transparent and agile’, which is as dazzling as a wave. The magic fan has increased the value of tourbillon to the level of art. Breguet classic series ultra-thin self-winding tourbillon 5367 watch to talk about the tourbillon, then the inventor of the tourbillon Breguet must not get around. This year the brand launched an ultra-thin tourbillon with a large open flame enamel disk. Unlike the 5377 launched in 2013, the watch has cancelled the power reserve display, making the overall layout of the dial more concise and simple, and highlighting the tourbillon wholeheartedly. At the same time, the blue steel hands are in sharp contrast with the white flawless enamel dial, which makes the reading more clear. It seems unpretentious from the outside, but its movement maintains a consistently high standard. The splints, barrels and rotors are all sanded and carved by hand. The self-winding ring-shaped rotor is made of platinum to make it more inertia, and it swings repeatedly around the periphery of the movement. In this way, the structure of the movement can be shown to the greatest extent in our eyes, not only let the tourbillon run Unobstructed, it also ensures that the movement is thin (3 mm), making the watch only 7.45 mm thick. But thin, it also has an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The rose gold version is priced at 1,165,000 yuan, and the platinum version is priced at 1,278,300 yuan. Blancpain Villeret Classic Series Flying Tourbillon Retrograde Minute Watches. The tourbillon of Blancpain is quite unique. Unlike the ordinary tourbillon, the center axis of rotation is in the middle of the balance with hairspring. The tourbillon of Blancpain is called ‘Eccentric tourbillon’, so that the movement of the escape wheel and the fork can be displayed to the maximum without seeing only the movement of the balance with hairspring. And this watch uses a floating tourbillon, that is, removes the bridge that fixes and supports the center axis of the tourbillon, so that the tourbillon floats in the air, so it is called ‘flying tourbillon’. What’s even more amazing is that it further replaced the bottom bridge of the tourbillon with transparent sapphire crystal glass, so that the running beauty of the tourbillon is fully revealed, plus the simple white large fire enamel dial, the entire watch is full of Smart beauty. The watch adopts the design of jumping hour and minute retrograde. When the minute hand reaches 60, it will fly back to the 0 position, and at this time the hour will immediately jump to the next number. At this time, the hour and minute hands on the disk are moving with the tourbillon, as if the stage is changing screens. This is a gorgeous performance about time. The rose gold version is priced at 1,131,000 yuan, and the platinum version is priced at 1,374,500 yuan. Hublot Hublot Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon Watch This Hublot tourbillon watch also uses a floating tourbillon design and also uses a transparent sapphire crystal glass to replace the bottom plate. The case, face plate, and strap extend to the movement for full transparency. Sapphire crystal glass is a synthetic, hard and transparent material. Its hardness and abrasion resistance are second only to diamonds. Hublot is the pioneer in driving sapphire crystal materials, not only creating a variety of colorful sapphire crystal glass, but also Sapphire crystal creates detailed parts. With a skeleton movement made of sapphire crystal, only a few metal gears can recognize the outline, and all other parts are transparent-the middle layer of the case, the lugs and the case back show a transparent mechanical structure, as if suspended in the air. The faceplate, numerals, hour markers, and power reserve display are all transparent, and the hollowed out pointer is slowly passing by. Finally with a transparent rubber strap, the watch is astonishingly worn on the hand. The price is 884,200 yuan. The bezel-set square diamond version is priced at 1,265,400 yuan. Harry Winston Harry Winston epic tourbillon No. 9 epic tourbillon (Histoire de Tourbillon) series launched in 2009, this limited edition series to play with the tourbillon’s various possibilities, this year launched to the 9th. Take a closer look at the oversized tourbillon in the lower half of the disk. The 3 axes are rotated in 3 different directions. The balance spring in the inner circle rotates once every 45 seconds, and the center axis rotates once every 75 seconds. The frame rotates every 300 seconds, presenting a very magical dynamic landscape. The top and bottom of the tourbillon structure are sapphire crystal glass, which allows the light to penetrate as much as possible, admiring the three-dimensional rotating tourbillon, just like a ballet dancer taking off and spinning (well, some people have described it as a roast suckling pig Or roast whole lamb), it’s eye-opening (or appetite?). The watch is available in white and red gold and is priced at 4,905,000 yuan. It’s like wearing a house on your wrist. Although Zenith’s Defy Zero G watch is not a tourbillon, it is similar in concept and can achieve a better resistance to gravity than a tourbillon. This watch is very magical. The G of Zero G refers to Gravity, gravity, that is to say, this watch challenges gravitation, with the help of a compact and ‘gravity control’ gyro module. As early as Baselworld 2008, Zenith launched the first-generation Defy Classic Zero G watch equipped with this revolutionary device, and later released the Columbus watch equipped with this structure at the Greenwich Observatory in London in September 2010. ‘I was also fortunate to be invited to the scene. The patented module counteracts the effect of gravity on the speed of the watch by keeping the speed control mechanism at the same horizontal position-in the most vivid words, like a ‘tumbler’, because the bottom weight allows the watch to wave no matter how Swing and gyroscope can keep balance hairspring level with the ground. Coupled with a 5 Hz El Primero high-frequency movement, the accuracy of the watch continues to improve, icing on the cake. The principle is simple, but it is extremely difficult to make. After 10 years of R & D and improvement, this spherical structure consisting of 139 micro-components has been fully optimized, reduced in size and improved in energy efficiency. The gyroscope module was previously rotated between two convex sapphire crystals, but now it is only 30% of its initial volume, so it can be installed between two flat sapphire crystals. Pricing: stainless steel + crocodile leather strap, RMB 740,900; stainless steel + titanium alloy strap, 749,000 yuan; rose gold + crocodile leather strap, 834,900 yuan; rose gold + rose gold strap, 944,000 yuan. In The Analects, Confucius said, ‘The dead are like a husband, who does not want to leave day or night.’ The passing of time is like a river flowing, so concrete and trembling! And maybe when we wear a tourbillon watch on our wrists, it can better remind us of the movement of time, and we must grasp the moment and cherish time.
The famous Heuer-01 Skeleton Manufacture Chronograph is available in three colors: black, dark blue and light brown. The new diameter is 43 mm, 6 numbers, stainless steel, and ceramic bezel.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 watch launched in 2015 opened up new markets. The 45mm Skeleton Manufacture Chronograph is a stylish sport design that sells for less than 5,000 Swiss francs, reinterpreting the value of money.
This year, this famous patented chronograph was launched in a slightly streamlined 43mm format and available in three styles: dark black, dark blue and elegant light brown.
The bright polished ceramic speedometer bezel echoes the classic 12-component modular polished glazed steel case. The skeleton dial, the Heuer-01 trademark and the sapphire case back reveal the beauty of the machine. The chronograph joystick and date dial on the dial side are cut out and carved. On the case back, the red guide wheel becomes a conspicuous visual focus. The hollowed-out chronograph bridge and PVD black-plated oscillating weight also focus attention on the watch mechanism equipped with a clutch with a swing gear.
All the chronograph functions of the movement are marked in red as a tribute to motorsports: the central seconds hand, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter and start / stop buttons. The sporty Heuer-01 Manufacture Chronograph is named after the founder Edouard Heuer as a tribute. 01 means that this watch is the beginning of a new generation of chronographs.
After more than five years of continuous improvement and optimization, the watch has reached a very high level of quality and its production costs have been precisely controlled, making it a rare 100% autonomous chronograph with a price below 5,000 Swiss francs.
CAR201T.BA0766: blue dial, stainless steel bracelet
CAR201T.FC6404: blue dial, blue leather strap
CAR201U.BA0766: brown dial, stainless steel bracelet
CAR201U.FC6405: brown dial, brown leather strap
CAR201V.BA0766: black dial, stainless steel bracelet
CAR201V.FT6087: black dial, black rubber strap
CAR2090.BH0729: black ceramic
Movement TAG Heuer from movement HEUER-01
Self-winding chronograph movement with date display
Eye-catching skeleton calendar dial, window at 3:30
Red column wheel, new openwork oscillating weight and timer board bridge
50-hour power reserve
Case diameter 43 mm
Brushed stainless steel or matte ceramic case
Blue, brown, black ceramic bezel with speedometer scale
Stainless steel or matte black ceramic lugs
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Rubber and polished steel crown, or PVD black
Stainless steel or PVD black-plated stainless steel chronograph pusher at 2 and 4 o’clock
Stainless steel or PVD black-plated steel sapphire case back
Dial Blue, brown or black skeleton dial
Blue, brown or black flange with 60-second scale
-Minute counter at 12 o’clock with rhodium-plated snail-shaped ring and lacquered red hands
-Hour counter at 6 o’clock with rhodium-plated snail-shaped ring and lacquered red hands
-Small seconds counter at 9 o’clock with blue, brown or black snail-shaped ring and polished rhodium-plated hands
Rhodium-plated hour, minute and hour markers with white Superluminova®
Small red second hand
Polished rhodium-plated ‘TAG Heuer’ logo at 3 o’clock
Date indication window at 3:30
Engraved ‘CARRERA HEUER 01 CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC’
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap / Bracelet Black rubber and brown or blue alligator leather strap, or blue rubber, or H-shaped steel or matte ceramic bracelet.
Stainless steel or grade 2 titanium folding clasp, PVD black plated, with safety press and TAG Heuer logo