Watch collectors have different reasons for choosing the examples they add to their collections. Some amass a variety of different brands and models because they are unique, some are into rare antiques and others prefer watches with complications that dazzle the mind and thrills the heart. The tourbillon remains at the head of the pack in the eyes of watch enthusiasts of this persuasion. These are admirers of art in motion who share a fascination with the inner workings of the mesmerizing functions which are the result of precision workmanship, brilliance in design and premium materials. With this in mind, here are the top five tourbillon watches for 2018.
1. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic
It is not small wonder that the Bulgari Octo Finnisimo Tourbillon Automatic occupies the top position in the most desired tourbillon watches for 2018 It embodies three distinctions that none of its runners up can boast. It is the thinnest automatic tourbillon in the world, the thinnest tourbillon in the world an the thinnest tourbillon. It may sound absurd, but the thickness is 3.95 mm with no sacrifice of precision or accuracy which makes the Octo Finnisimo a technological wonder of sorts. A closer look at the specifications reveal a BVL 288, self winding flying tourbillon movement which itself measures 1.95 mm in thickness. The 42 mm case is crafted of sandblasted titanium material matching the triple folding clasp style bracelet. You’re afforded a full view of the inner workings through the skeletonized open dial. To top this off, the Octo Finnisimo is water resistant up to 30 meters.
2. Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon
The magic of the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon is displayed in full view by the thoughtful skeleton design. The gear train is visible beneath the roman numerals following the thematic skeleton ideal but it’s difficult to detect the mechanical method used to connect it to the flying tourbillon which appears to magically float in a mysterious realm without missing a beat. A closer look at the specifications reveals the 45mm in diameter with 12.4 mm thick wrist watch with a solid platinum case. We’re hard pressed to put the dial face into words because the skeletonized movement performs this function as well. The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon features a caliber 9465 MC brilliantly displayed with open work and Cartier Roman numerals in plain view with blued steel hands along with the blue sapphire cabochon in the crown which adds a splash of color to the monochromatic theme. This example features a total of 286 components with 26 jewels. Add to all this, the Geneva seal. This limited edition has released just 30 pieces for the fortunate collectors who put down their money first.
3. Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Berluti Scritto King Gold
The Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Berluti Scritto King Gold is the proprietary example in this line with a design that is nothing less than perfection in motion. The leather dials offer a warm ambiance with the Berluti’s signature Scritto motif embossed upon them. The front view is breathtaking with hour markers and a power reserve scale, then turn it around to see the skeletonized main plate for a view of the inner workings of the tourbillon.
A close look at the specifications give a little more insight into the grandeur of the Classic Fusion that has been made in a limited and numbered edition with just 20 pieces ever produced. The case and bezel are crafted of a satin finished and polished 18k gold case and bezel with a black composite resin bezel lug. Thee dial is a genuine brown Berluti Patinated Venzia leather with embossed indexes and Scritto decor. The Fusion Tourbillon is powered by the HUB6016 caliber with a 115 hour power reserve. Black rubber and genuine brown Berluti patinated Venizia leather materials form the basis of the strap with an 18 karat red gold and black plated stsainless steel deployant buckle style clasp. The watch is water resistant up to 100 feet.
4. Chopard LUC All in One
Chopard is a brand that exudes high end luxury and is an excellent springboard for jumping into the finer details of the L.U.C. All-in-One. It’s tourbillon is one of a total of fourteen complications that Chopard integrated into this model. The dial presents the tourbillon on the lower portion along with a few of its perpetual calendar functions. We turn to the back of the watch and observe the celestial map along with sunrise and sunset times. 14 functions in total fit into two dials and thee astronomical and calendar functions are in addition to the tourbillon.
A close look at the specifications reveal a 46 mm platinum case and a grey blue dial and alligator leather strap, and a second variant in 18k rose gold with a verdigris dial and brown alligator leather strap. Each example feature solid gold dials with applied hour markers with hours and minutes hands of Daupine. The subdials are rhodium finished on the platinum variation with gilded styling for the rose gold variation. At 12 o’ clock they placed the hand guilloche motif which radiates from the double window of the big date display.
The back offers a full view of the movement in a watch that boasts 42 jewels, four mainspring barrels and a total of 516 parts. The power reserve is 170 hours.
5. IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”
Our fifth choice of the top 5 tourbillon watches for 2018 is the IWC Portugieser Constant Force Tourbillon Edition. This celebratory example assists in marking the 150th anniversary of the watchmaker’s history with a limited production of just 15 pieces to add to the rarity of this highly collectible timepiece. The watch features a 46 mm platinum case with a classic aesthetic and a height of 13.4 mm, a white dial and black Santoni alligator strap. The movement is a 94805 caliber manual winding IWC manufacture. The see through sapphire glass back allows a full view of the 41 jewels movement with a 96 hour power reserve with water resistance up to 3 bar. The tourbillon features an integrated constant force mechanism, moon phase and power reserve displays. The arched edge sapphire glass is treated with anti reflective coating on both sides.