It is revered as the highest achievement in watchmaking: the tourbillon. Only a few masters of the craft can lay claim to the delicacy and absolute accuracy that must come into play to build a tourbillon.
For watch lovers, one of the most fascinating aspects of the Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde is the unusual presentation of the flying tourbillon, consisting of 82 parts, as a “12” that appears to come to life.
In the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound, the “whirlwind” – as the word tourbillon translates – revolves on its axis at “9 o’clock” on the dial; or, in nautical terms, at 270 degrees west. The sight of the mechanical, cantilever-mounted minute tourbillon invariably attracts rapt attention from watch lovers.