Ultimate Tourbillon

Harry Winston has revealed a run of 20 tourbillon watches that were instantly among the most sough-after timepieces ever crafted. Kings and billionaires will fight for these watches literally until the end of time.
Words by Bill Lindsey | October 28, 2019 | Luxury

For the fourth and final Histoire de Tourbillon Series, the firm of Harry Winston stunned the horological world by combing four tourbillons into one magnificent and sleekly understated housing. Tourbillon balances have long been utilized in order to increase accuracy of a mechanical movement by averaging out the effects of gravity, regardless of the position of the watch. Timepieces with one or even two tourbillons are not all that unusual, and Greubel Forsey created a quadruple tourbillon design. However a movement incorporating four tourbillons with four balances, each in its own cage rotating clockwise every 36 seconds, has never been achieved — until now. Befitting the masterpiece it is, the mesmerizing movement is visible from above and beneath. Ten platinum and ten while gold examples exist, with prices starting at $684,000. You’ll earn enough reward points on your credit card to buy a Corvette C8. While you’ve got a better chance of finding a unicorn in your backyard than actually seeing one of these in the flesh, to give you a bit more hope, a one-off Winstonium platinum alloy design will be the 11th and final example;