Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 1920 - Limited Edition 1-54-01-01-01-01 - Glashütte Original
Rose gold case
Polished case in rose gold with onion crown and sapphire crystal case back
Dial in solid gold with subsequent silver-plating by friction, filigreed bar hands and applied rod indexes in rose gold, engraved railroad chapter ring with black inlay, small seconds on sunken dial level.
In accordance with historic precedents the Flying Tourbillon is positioned discreetly on the reverse of the movement, which features traditional finishings.
Tribute to a genius
As fascinating as it is to see a tourbillon carriage rotate, its true purpose was to improve accuracy. The “whirlwind” opposes the force of gravity continuously; the entire oscillation and escapement system rotates on its own axis within the space of a minute.
A masterful achievement in watchmaking
Thanks to its cantilevered mounting, the tourbillon’s rotating carriage is relieved of pressure and can be executed in a very delicate form – it weighs less than half a gram. At once a masterpiece of watchmaking and a visual delight, it remains today one of the most challenging of complications.
Icon of refined watch construction
The Glashütte master watchmaker Alfred Helwig is still known today for his craft skills and his creativity. His ingenious invention from 1920, the Flying Tourbillon, is a symbol of his unrelenting efforts in pursuit of precision.
- Hour and minute
- Small second (off-centre)
- Flying Tourbillon
- Solid gold, silver-plated by friction
- Engraved and inlaid with black colour
- Railroad chapter ring
- Appliques in gold
- Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish
- Screw mounted gold chatons
- Bevelled/polished edges
- Polished steel parts
- Screws polished/blued