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.

Carl F Bucherer Heritage Tourbillon DoublePeripheral, £84,888
Carl F Bucherer Heritage Tourbillon DoublePeripheral, £84,888
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon Moon, £79,500
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon Moon, £79,500
Omega De Ville Tourbillon Co-Axial Master Chronometer, £151,410
Omega De Ville Tourbillon Co-Axial Master Chronometer, £151,410
Patek Philippe 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon, about £551,000
Patek Philippe 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon, about £551,000. 
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in pink gold, POA
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in pink gold, POA
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon Chronograph, £206,000
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon Chronograph, £206,000

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