In 1961 Yuri Gagarin was the first man to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12. In 2011, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this historical event, the German watchmaker Bernhard Lederer, founder of the BLU (Bernhard Lederer Universe) watch brand, created the Gagarin Tourbillon, an incredible 50-piece limited edition watch featuring a 60 second flying orbital tourbillon that rotates counterclockwise around the dial in 108 minutes, which is the time Gagarin took to orbit the earth in the Vostok capsule.
Now, in 2013, Bernhard Lederer goes even further with a new version of the Gagarin Tourbillon introducing a stunning gold dial engraved with a representation of the Earth with the oceans available in either galvanic blue or black. The outer dial, representing the space, is made in synthetic diamond.
The tourbillon cage is formed by the word “VOSTOK” spelt vertically and curved around its perimeter
The hand finished mechanical movement of the Gagarin Tourbillon is hand wound with three mainspring barrels offering a power reserve of approximately 80 hours. The movement was fully designed, developed and manufactured in-house.