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TOURBILLON 1

Evolution

Happens

Making

History

Tourbillon 1

A tourbillon for today and the next generation of watch lovers.  

History only the Independent Swiss watchmakers can write.

Today the visually stunning aspects of the tourbillon continue to be sought after by watch enthusiasts. 

 

The truth is we too wanted to have a Swiss made tourbillon so we embarked on the challenge.  At first we planned to work with another manufacturer, however sometimes it's just better to go it alone. Over 12 years of in-house movement development we have a granular understanding of manufacturing costs and by understanding costs and time needed we set out with our core components toolkit to deliver the impossible.   

 

If we were going to do this project we were going to do it right.  Therefore we mandated the latest advancements in haute horology and through stringent cost controls we will deliver incredible value to our community, all from our headquarters in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

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Advanced Movement Engineering

Leaning on our expertise as engineers proficient in silicon escapement technologies and the mathematics required for unique geometries, Tourbillon 1 will exceeds a five (5) day power reserve, which is over one-hundred  twenty (+120) hours of power reserve out of a single barrel construction.

 

A beat rate of 3.5Hz or 25,200 beats per hour is utilized as it is standard throughout all of Horage’s movements. 

 

Through our proven and stable industrial level movement K1, we have utilized key components from K1 as well as our latest micro-rotor caliber K2, such as hand setting mechanism, hand friction and escapement technologies. In addition a completely new gear train, new geometries and most importantly the ultra-thin and lightweight tourbillon cage have been developed from scratch. 

 

Chronometer certification is the benchmark for Swiss movement precision and a core value here at Horage and all movements will be adjusted to -4/+6 seconds.

 

There are limited cases for chronometer certification so please contact us via email with you interest in this upgradable option at the time of placing your order.

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Thinner, lighter and ridiculously efficient was the challenge set forth by the engineers for Tourbillon 1's, titanium flying tourbillon cage.

 

The cage is comprised of forty-three (43) pieces and weighs in at just 0.29 grams. At 3.9mm in height it's low profile and layers of texture and material colour draw ones eye into the fascinating whirlwind that is the tourbillon. 

To ensure everyday stability we integrated a ball bearing construction over the dated and less stable pinion and jewel construction of the past. 

The bearing reduces the flying tourbillons centre of gravity and provides the tourbillon with unprecedented shock resistance, thus making it a truly everyday wear.

Titanium, silicon, rhodium along with contrasting finishes breath life into the cage.

The addition of a seconds indicator has been added.  For subdued light legibility the indicator is filled with Swiss Super LumiNova.

The Flying Tourbillon Cage

Silicon Escapement

With thinner and lighter addressed our secret sauce is our deep understanding of escapement technologies.

 

For Tourbillon 1 Horage utilized a 20.3 silicon escapement of our own geometry. By utilizing advanced simulation methods we can increase efficiency by upwards of 45% over traditional Swiss escapements. 

The cage is not only ultra-efficient and precise, but the visual draw of the tourbillon cage is further enhanced by the fume blue colour of the escapement wheel and anchor. 

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Specs

CASE & DIAL

Case: 904L stainless steel or 18k gold

Dimension: Lug width 22mm, Lug to lug 47.8mm, top ring 41mm, case body 39mm, total thickness 11.8mm, case height (excluding glass) 10.8mm

Dial: Double layer luminous appliques applied at hour markers

Hands: Hour and minute hands, luminous filled hands. Seconds hand on tourbillon cage

Crystal: Multi-Layer anti-reflection domed sapphire crystal, Horage logo applied on backside of sapphire crystal

Case Back: Sapphire crystal

Crown: 904L stainless steel or 18k gold

Water resistance: 100m

MOVEMENT

Movement: HORAGE K-TOU, 19 jewels

Functions: Hand winding, silicon escapement, +120 hour power reserve, tourbillon revolves every 60 second with start indication at 3 o'clock

STRAP

Strap: Black Grip Leather, Classic Black Leather, Blue Grip Leather, British Racing Green Leather, Russet Leather, Ocre brown leather, Frosted White leather, Allure Blue Vegan

Buckle: Single fold stainless steel deployant buckle

Next Generation Design

Young and lets say… well-aged make for a diverse team at HORAGE. We looked to our young team of watchmakers for inspiration on the Tourbillon 1 project. Marcella, is one of our watchmakers and expressed interest in applying her expertise in watch decoration. The tourbillon project presented itself as the perfect platform for her to run with and she presented to us the first drawings of Tourbillon 1.