Gravity shockTAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T and other limited edition watches you need to get your hands on
So expensive are Swiss watches labelled ‘tourbillon’, you might reasonably think that’s what the word means. In fact, it’s French for ‘whirlwind’ and it refers to an escapement and balance wheel in a cage that rotates every 60 seconds to counter the effect of mechanical timekeeping’s greatest enemy: gravity.
Whether the tourbillon actually works has been hotly debated since Abraham-Louis Breguet conceived it in 1801; that it adds complexity, visual appeal and exponential cost to any timepiece has never been in contention. Until now. At a fraction of the usual six-figure price, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T is one of the cheapest tourbillons ever, and without compromise.
The grade-five blackened titanium case – waterproof to 10 bars – is just 6.5mm thick thanks to a tourbillon carriage built from carbon fibre, and the movement is chronometer certified – the highest accolade in timekeeping precision. Such is the commotion surrounding this tourbillon and its price, it may prove a greater enemy to the Swiss watch industry than gravity itself.
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