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Do you own an automatic timepiece? If so, you know that your pride and joy in the indulgence of timekeeping lies in pure skeletal design and bold detailing. Putting a timepiece’s mechanical elegance on display, automatic watches often boast an open case-back, that exposes the intricacy of luxury watches and the complications it bears. If you’ve wondered why luxury watches are so expensive- it’s simply factored down to the timepiece’s complications which defines its level of intricacy. The more compact and complex the mechanism goes, the higher the price-tag. And as a pinnacle of such watchmaking intricacy and almost always accompanied by an automatic movement, a tourbillon timepiece is a true spectacle of microscopic detailing which has been revered as one of the finest novelties to ever exist. Tourbillons are gravity-defying hearts of a timepiece that rotate in absolute tranquility on a single, double or even four axis variants, all in perfect sync with a timepiece’s movement. The best tourbillon watches from around the world are often clubbed with perpetual calendars, chimes and of-course chronographs. And they’re particularly interesting for enthusiasts who admire the finer and more exceptional crafts in watchmaking. If you’d like to indulge in such a novelty, these are the best tourbillon watches to invest in, today. 

1
TAG HEUER Carrera

The TAG Heuer Carrera is endowed with the Swiss-made automatic caliber Heuer 02T that offers a 65-hour power reserve. The focal point in this certified chronometer is the one-minute flying tourbillon cage with carbon and titanium. Housed in a 45-mm titanium black PVD case, a black skeletonised dial and rhodium-plated luminescent indexes. Polished carbon has been effectively used on the lugs and the fixed bezel. The black rubber strap lends this 100m-water resistant watch a daring and adventurous demeanor.

Price: ₹ 15,92,000.

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Frederique Constant Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

As mentioned earlier, Perpetual Calendars and Tourbillons go hand in hand, almost always. Running purely automatic, this Frederique Constant masterpiece boasts a 40-hour power reserve and a 3-sub-dial Perpetual Calendar. Casing comes in two variants – Steel and Rose Gold, we like both equally as it contrasts the blue dial-face quite elegantly. The movement used here is a FC-975, one of Frederique Constant‘s best.

Price: ₹ 25,19,500.

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE Master Tourbillon Dualtime

There’s nothing better than a royal blue dial, especially when its been draped in Jeager-LeCoultre’s exquisite watchmaking treatment. If you look closely, we see contrasting shades in this one piece – White Gold on its case, blue on its dial and Yellow Gold on the tourbillon, all in perfect harmony. Being a limited edition timepiece, JLC mechanically enrich this timepiece with two other complications aside from the ever-elegant tourbillon. The Date sub-dial rests at 12 o’clock and we also see a GMT treatment on the inner side of the bezel. JLC hasn’t commented on its star studded bezel as yet, but it does appear to be enriched with precious stones.

Price: ₹ 59,92,000

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4
IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph

To put it simply, this is a true vintage aviation-inspired timepiece that bears a tourbillon and is IWC‘s ode to Leonardo Da Vinci. Powered by a calibre 89900, this timepiece runs automatic with upto 69 hours of power reserve. Apart from the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, it’s the retrograde calendar that really grips us. The timepiece is cased in Rose Gold ad boasts an open case-back. As an IWC staple and a third act twist, we also see a chronograph sub-dial at 12 o’clock.

Price: ₹ 73,63,740.

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5
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon

The Royal Oak stems back to 1972, when it was made as a steel watch. Since then, through constant innovation and evolution of watchmaking arts, they integrated materials like carbon, titanium and alacrities into their timepieces. Being one of the most celebrated and eyed timepieces of all time, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon is manually wound and offers a 70 hour power reserve. Elegantly cased in Rose Gold, it boasts the Audemars Piguet signature 8-bolt design on its non-rotatable bezel. The timepiece features a blue guilloche  on its dial and houses its glorious tourbillon at 6 o’clock.

Price: ₹1,18,83,750

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Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral

Being a lover of simple elegance, this Carl F. Bucherer timekeeper is our favoutite from the list. Instead of going big on design and intricacy, the Swiss kept this one minimalist and traditional, yet allowing the tourbillon bear all the allure. Cased in Silver and Yellow Gold, the dial’s indexes share the same metallic accent and rests over a classic white dial. If you haven’t guessed yet, this timepiece is called a ‘Double Peripheral’ because it elegantly flaunts the rear of the tourbillon on its open caseback.

Price: ₹ 49,89,600.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.