Let’s posit a fact: unless you have some really deep pockets, or plan to mortgage your home, it is just about impossible to get a Swiss-made tourbillion. Now, if you are a collector on a budget like me, there is another option. This option is the ERA Tourbillon. The movement may not be Swiss, but for us this is a good thing, because it makes the watch affordable.
Parmigiani Fleurier is well known for unique complications – the extending and retracting hands on the Ovale being one example. In 2004 to celebrate their partnership with Bugatti, Parmigiani released the Bugatti Collection. These watches were something you’d expect out of an Urwerk or an MB&F, but were a bit off the beaten path for Parmigiani. Nonetheless, the collection has found success and continues to be offered to this day. The Bugatti Type 390 was designed to reflect the organic lines of Bugatti’s Chiron supercar released in 2016.
Dive watches – for us non-divers – are a funny proposition. I mean, do we really need all the engineering that goes in to making a watch that’s ready to time dives in the depths that require a 300m (or more) WR rating? Well, no, we certainly don’t. But we like how they look, and all that they represent. Which is why something like the Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon – while being a perfectly ridiculous proposition – is such a fun one.
or-rer-y: a mechanical model of the solar system, or of just the sun, earth, and moon, used to represent their relative positions and motions. This concludes our word-a-day calendar enlightenment. Now, on to why we’re talking about mechanical models – the Geo Graham Orrery Tourbillon.