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The Tourbillon

 

Considered a very special complication in a mechanical watch. A Tourbillon mechanism compensates for the effects of gravity on the balance thus improving the overall accuracy of the watch. Originally invented by Abraham Louis Breguet, the watch's escapement (balance, lever and escape wheel combined) is housed in a cage which rotates every 60 seconds. Pocket watches were worn vertically and motionless in a gentleman's pocket, in order to negate the effect of gravity, the Tourbillon originally was an attempt to improve accuracy. The mechanism is usually exposed on the watch's face to show it off.

 

 

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