Tourbillon watches are popular with a niche group of enthusiasts who enjoy ownership of a magnificently complicated watch. This type of watch has been around singe famed watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet patented the first available for retail in 1801. The Tourbillon was first developed the first in 1795 and the better models are meticulously made by hand with the rotating cage housing the escapement and balance in a brilliant manner that defies gravity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourbillon). It’s painstaking and time consuming and it adds a special meaning to this very unique type of watch. If you’re considering investing in a tourbillon, here are the 20 best which are available for 2019. We did not apply a ranking as the best depends upon the personal perspective of the individual.
1. Cyrus Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon Watch
The Cyrus KLepcys Vertical Tourbillon was revealed for 2019 at Baselworld. It’s a remarkable example of what the new season has to offer and is worthy of consideration for collectors who admire the complicated nature of a tourbillon along with a very special edition which is strictly limited in production to just 5 examples per case style. The case of the Vertical Tourbillon features a 26 component design. it measures 44 mm in diameter and 19.9 mm in thickness. The case is offered in a choice of three different materials including 4N 18 karat rose gold ,two tone 4N 19 karat rose gold and grade 5 titanium and DLC finish in black and a grade 5 titanium with black DLC. The bezel for all three of the watches is made in matching materials. When you flip the watch over the case back features a sapphire crystal allowing you to see the mechanical inner workings of the caliber CYR625 in house hand winding movement. This watch is water resistant up to 100 feet. The dial features a skeleton styling to showcase the tourbillon with a cage that is composed of 52 parts. The watch affixes to the wrist via a black alligator strap with a folding clasp style closure.
2. ERA Prometheus
The Era Prometheus is a new approach to the tourbillon, first presented on Indiegogo at a price that is more affordable than most complicated watches on the market today. The market was lacking in a lower priced tourbillon and the Prometheus is the proposed solution to the problem at a price of $1,499. This complicated watch features a single axis tourbillon movement with a sun and moon indicator for the time of day along with a GMT hand. The case is crafted of stainless steel measuring 44 mm in diameter. The movement is showcased via a skeletonized case back and dial which are covered and protected with sapphire crystal’s front and back to allow full view of the intricacies of the movement.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Rose Gold Watch
This is perhaps one of the most ornate and unique luxury tourbillon watches for 2019. It features an open worked case front and a clear display case back that allows you to see the complicated tourbillon movement from front and back. It is a limited edition watch that features a skeletonized dial with luminiscent hands, luminous indexes and a small seconds hand with chronograph and tourbillon functions, water resistant to 20 meters.
4. Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon
The Royal Blue Tourbillon is from the distinguished brand Ulysse Nardin, featuring a 43 mm case made of platinum material and .91 carat diamonds and 16.57 carat sapphires. The movement is wound through a circular rack system with a tourbillon function and a power reserve of 100 hours and water resistant to 20 meters.
5. Corum Bubble Tourbillon
The Corum Bubble Tourbillon is among the most modern examples of the tourbillon, uniquely crafted with a domed sapphire crystal which applies the effect of magnification to the dial of the watch, specifically targeting the tourbillon beneath. This watch provides the observer with a closeup view of the intricacies of the inner workings including the automatic movement which renders a 65 hour power reserve. The case is available in three versions which include black and pink god with a rubber strap, a titanium and blue or titanium in the form of Milanese mesh.
6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon
The Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon has been updated for 2019. It is indisputably one of the finest luxury tourbillon watches ever made. The cse is made of 18 karat pink gold with a polished finish and measures 40 mm in diameter and 10.77 mm in height. The dial features a complementary eggshell background with a grained finish, dauphine hands and gilded applied hour markers. The movement is an in house 978G automatic tourbillon 33 jewel comprised of 271 parts beating at 28,800 vph with one minute tourbillon, small seconds, minutes and hours functions. The strap is made of genuine brown alligator with an 18k gold pin buckle style closure.
7. Panerai Luminor Tourbillon GMT
The Panerai Luminor Tourbillon GMT is a limited edition with only 100 examples produced. It features a large 47 mm case made of brushed titanium material with a polished titanium bezel. The movement is a P.2005/T caliber in house hand wound mechanical with 31 jewels beating at 28,800 vph with a power reserve of 6 days. The functions are GMT, 24 hour indiator, back power reserve indicator, tourbillon, small seconds, hours and minutes.
8. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince
The Big Pilot’s Le Petit Prince features a case that is made of 18 karat hard gold measuring 46.2 mm in diameter x 13.5 mm in height, with a display case back of sapphire crystal to allow view of the movement when you flip the watch over. The dial has a blue sunburst background with applied gold plated Arabic numerals, a golden moon and gold plated hands. The movement is an in house caliber 94805 hand wound with 41 jewels beating at 3 Hz wit a power reserve of 96 hours. The functions are jumping second tourbillon, moon phase display, power reserve indicator, hours, minutes and small seconds. This watch is strictly limited to a production of just 10 examples.
9. Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon
The Executive Skeleton Tourbillon is a 45 mm watch made of titanium material with a ceramic bezel. The movement in this high end luxury wrist watch is a Silicium Technology caliber UN-171 manual winding with a flying tourbillon, and a power reserve of 170 hours and Sapphire crystal in front and back which display the inner workings of the movement and tourbillon.
10. IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Handaufzug
The Portugieser Tourbillon is a lovely watch with a 44 mm case made of rose gold material. It is powered by a manual winding movement with Tourbillon functions and a genuine crocodile skin bracelet in a high end complicated wrist watch that is among the most highly desired in its class.
11. Rotonde De Cartier Flying Tourbillon Reversed Dial Watch
This luxury tourbillon watch features a 46 mm case made of 18 karat white gold, with a beaded crown set. The lovely dial is a galvanized guilloche dial in slate coloring with Roman numerals that form a grid in white gold sword hands of blued steel. The movement measures 39mm x 5.58 mm beating at 21,600 vph with a flying tourbillon complication, and a 19 jewel movement made up of 167 components with a power reserve of 50 hours. A sapphire case back allows for view of the movement through its anti glare treated display.
12. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph
This is TAG Heuer’s new hairspring made of carbon composite with a unique creation process that uses an atom by atom process using elemental carbon for governance of the balance wheel oscillations with revolutionary shock resistance, optimized temperature performance and enhanced anti-magnetism.The chronograph is COSC certified. The dial is multi layered presenting with brushed hexagons in its open worked format displaying the movement. The case back is sapphire crystal which displays the other side of the intricate workings of the movement beneath.
13. Stuhrling Meteorite 860 Hand-wind 42mm Tourbillon
Another high quality luxury watch, the Stuhrling Meteorite features a 42 mm blue stainless steel case with an attractive stainless steel beveled bezel. The hands are a spade style skeletonized type with Arabic numerals on the dial and shark tooth markers. The dial is made of unique grey meteorite materials with a sapphire crystal case back that displays the inner workings of the movement from the back and in the front. This watch is water resistant up to 100 feet and it affixes to the wrist via a genuine alligator strap. The movement is a caliber 93301 with hour, minute, tourbillon functions.
14. Cartier Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon Openwork Dial Men’s Watch
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon is a lovely luxury watch with a tourbillon complication in a 46 mm case with a thickness of 13.8 mm made of 18 carat white gold in a round shape. The case back is made of scratch resistant sapphire crystal tor a skeleton transparent display of the inner workings of the mechanical movement. The dial is an open work style featuring Roman numerals and Arabic hour markers with the minute markers placed on the outer rim. The dial is an analog type and the movement is a hand wound type with flying tourbillon, hour, minute and seconds functions with a water resistane up to 100 feet, and a genuine alligator leather strap with a black folding clasp.
15. Zenith Defy Xtreme Open El Primero Tourbillon
The Defy Xtreme open El primero Tourbillon is for collectors who are in the market for a very rare and limited edition tourbillon. The dial is silver with a chronograph and a dial window that reveals the balance wheel of the caliber 4035 SX automatic self-winding movement with a power reserve indicator. The case is black titanium measurin 46.5 mm in diameter finished in brushed titanium with a carbon fiber bracelet water resistant up to 1000 feet.
16. Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367
This exquisite luxury tourbillon wrist watch features a 42 mm diameter x 7.45 mm case made of 18 karat rose gold. The case back and bezel are also made of the same material. This watch is powered with an automatic caliber 571 movement with tourbillon functions, a subsidiary seconds dial, and a power reserve of 80 hours. The dial features a white background with Arabic numerals and the wristband is made of genuine alligator leather with an 19 k white gold folding clasp.
17. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Anniversary Watch
This is a very special edition that was created in honor of the 25th anniversary of Lange & Sohne. The tourbillon watch was made in a limited production number of just 25 examples, making it a rare collector’s piece from the date of its release. The movement is a self winding type with a tourbillon escapement to compensate for time keeping errors and a perpetual calendar complication, and a retrograde day of the week indicator with a moon phase display. other functions include tourbillon, day, date, month which switch simultaneously. The sapphire case back is clear to display the inner workings of the tourbillon.
18. Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski
This watch is the collaborative effort of sculptor Richard Orlinski and famed watch maker Hublot, in the creation of an inventive wrist watch that was made in a strictly limited production of just 30 pieces for each of the three variations of the Sapphire edition, the King Gold and the Black Magic, offering a few different stylistic choices. The functions of this watch include a tourbillon with a 5 day power reserve in an open work skeletonized platform that allows observers to see the inner workings of the tourbillon and movement. The unique case is 45 mm made of polished 18 k for the King Gold, polished sapphire or microblasted black ceramic with the bezel following suit in material for the respective variant. The movement is a manual winding skeleton tourbillon with a power reserve indicator and power reserve of 115 hours and water resistance up to 30 meters.
19. Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel
This is a luxury high end tourbillon watch that features a blue enamel guilloche dial representative of the true art of watch making. It’s a strictly limited edition series with just 18 editions produced of the rare time piece. Featured in this watch are three complications in the constant force Gyrotourbillon, a perpetual calendar which is bi-directional with its self adjustment, and a minute repeater that features a Westminster chime producing four tunes. The case is 43 mm x 14 mm made of white gold. The movement is a caliber 1050 manual winding with 126 jewels beating at 1050 vph, with the functions leap year, calendar with central jumping hand, year, perpetual calendar, month, hour minute, minute repeater and spherical tourbillon and a leather strap.
20. Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon Black Watch
The Nabucco Cello Tourbillon black watch features a round shaped black stainless steel and titanium case measuring 46 mm x 12.95 mm with a screwed down sapphire crystal display case back revealing the intricacies of the movement within. The movement is a mechanical manual winding with the tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position and a power reserve of 105 hours. The dial is black with a cello string decoration, making it a novel tourbillon appealing to music lovers. The strap is made of genuine crocoldile with a titanium folding clasp closure.