The invention of the Tourbillon can be traced back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was invented with the aim of improving the precision of timepieces, which until then the accuracy had been limited by the irregularities caused by the effects of Earth’s gravity. Girard-Perregaux produced its first Tourbillon watch in 1867 which was first shown at the Paris Universal Exhibition. But when I think of Girard-Perregaux and Tourbillons all that comes to mind is the one-of-a-kind three bridge tourbillon whose patent dates all the way back to the year 1883, an invention that in many respects has yet to be outdone. This year bring a new Tourbillon watch from Girard-Perregaux, the Bi-axial Tourbillon. This unique creation unites two concentric cages, which then allows the regulating part to perform multi-dimensional rotations. Perhaps most notably, this tourbillon compensates for the negative effects at multiple positions rather than just the vertical position.

The Girard-Perregaux Bi-axial Tourbillon is comprised of 130 individual components. The tourbillon alone features 113 parts which weigh only 0.80 grams, it completes one full revolution in 3 minutes and 45 seconds. The mechanical with manual winding movement has a power reserve of 72 hours. It is beautifully displayed through both the dial and the case-back of the watch. The 18 carat pink gold case is 45 mm in diameter and 18.5 mm thick and has sapphire crystal protecting the the face and the back of the watch. The satin-finished silver dial is adorned with two beveled gold bridges, a window displaying the bi-axial tourbillon, and both hour and minute hands. An alligator strap and an 18 carat pink gold folding clasp complete the limited edition watch, which will number only 33 pieces. The Bi-axial Tourbillon is water resistant to 30 meters.

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