The year 2021 marks the 220th anniversary of one of the most fascinating watchmaking feat: the Tourbillon.
It was the 26th of June 1801 when the tourbillon was patented by Abraham-Louis Breguet. In his application for the patent, he wrote: "By means of this invention, I have successfully compensated for the anomalies arising from the different positions of the centers of gravity caused by the regulator movement. I have also succeeded in distributing the friction over all areas of the circumference of the pivots of this regulator and the holes in which these pivots move".
In our article, we step back in time and chronicle some of the key events that led to the current advancement of this appreciated watchmaking feature.
The Breguet No. 1176, a 64 mm tourbillon pocket watch with natural escapement, observation seconds, ordinary seconds, power reserve shown on the archival records of the sale - 1809