Tourbillon time: six showstopping watches
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The tourbillon was created by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1795 to increase the accuracy of pocket watches. Mounted in a rotating cage, it counteracts the effect of gravity on a watch’s movement when it is sitting still. It is not strictly necessary in a wristwatch that’s always on the move. But reason not the need. It represents the height of haute horlogerie and is a mesmerising window onto a ticking world.
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