Best Tourbillon Watches with Ultra-Thin Cases
Even though tourbillon watches are not the most accurate timepieces in the world, they still enjoy great success among connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie. The fact is that the best tourbillon watches are extremely intricate mechanisms with complex movements composed of over a hundred tiny components. It is no wonder that almost all tourbillons offered by high-quality luxury watch brands are very expensive, typically carrying a six-figure price tag. Moreover, while every tourbillon watch is a masterpiece of fine watchmaking, some companies have managed to make their creations even more sophisticated. Here is our top 5 list of the best tourbillon watches for men, enclosed in ultra-thin cases:
1. Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon
The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon introduced by Bvlgari in 2014 houses the thinnest movement with a flying tourbillon ever – its thickness is just 1.95mm. The model itself comes in a platinum or 18k rose gold case that measures 40mm x 5mm. It is also worth noting that last year Bvlgari introduced its open-worked version of the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon that won the prestigious Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize at the 2017 GPHG.
2. Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367
When it comes to the best tourbillon watches with automatic movements, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat is always among the first on the list. Moreover, its latest version is truly unique. Enclosed in an 18k rose gold case measuring 42mm x 7mm, this luxury watch for the first time comes with a beautiful grand feu enamel dial bearing a special opening for the off-center tourbillon at 5 o’clock.
3. Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton
Powered by the new in-house hand-winding mechanical movement with one-minute flying tourbillon, the Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton is definitely one of the best tourbillon watches on the market. Moreover, since it comes in an 18k red gold case that measures 42mm x 8.34mm, it is also one of the thinnest. This eye-catching model is limited to only 50 pieces worldwide.
4. Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Tourbillon
Created as a tribute to Michel Parmigiani, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Tourbillon represents a perfect blend of the brand’s Haute Horlogerie expertise and mechanical complexity. It is available in either 18k rose or white gold case measuring 40.2mm x 8.6mm, with a variety of beautiful dials for any taste. Our favorite one is the model fitted with a black jade dial.
5. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon
Inspired by the first Audemars Piguet tourbillon wristwatch introduced in 1986, the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon is a prestigious and very stylish timepiece with a tourbillon movement, enclosed in an ultra-thin case that measures 41mm x 8.85mm. Furthermore, it is available not only in platinum and 18k gold but also in stainless steel and titanium, which makes this model especially popular with luxury watch fans.
These were the best tourbillon watches with ultra-thin cases released in recent years. Each of them is unique and can be rightfully called a true masterpiece of fine watchmaking.