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Design Spotlight | An spectacular novelty in watchmaking history

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Design Spotlight
Wednesday 3/26

Abraham-Louis Breguet first developed the tourbillon to counteract the effects of gravity on watch escapements. They were first used in pocket watches since pocket watches remained in the same orientation most of the time.

When people started wearing wristwatches, tourbillons were no longer necessary, but they'e still sometimes added to the finest mechanical watches to demonstrate watchmaking prowess. The most complicated tourbillons command prices upwards of 6 figures.

With modern technology, some tourbillons are a bit more affordable (relatively). They’re not quite as complicated as the 6 figure models but they’re beautiful nonetheless and an interesting part of watchmaking history. Check out Ingersoll’s tourbillon watches for one more day at TouchOfModern.

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