In high watchmaking, a tourbillon is a device to negate the negative effects of gravity on a watch movement by housing the escapement and balance wheel (two rather important components) in an oscillating cage.
Historically, only watches in the £40k and above category would ever be fitted with a tourbillon, so complex is the engineering. Until now.
This year, Tag Heuer released the latest addition to its Carrera Heuer series, the black-on-black (on black) Carrera Heuer 02. A COSC-certified automatic chronograph, this beast of a watch has a width of 45mm, features an intimidating black skeleton dial and is fitted with a titanium and carbon flying tourbillon. The sporty strap is black alligator leather sewn onto rubber.
Most impressive? The Carrera Heuer 02 is priced at just over £16k, which is unheard of for a watch of this complexity and accuracy. The even better news? It's available now in a production run of 250 watches.
Carrera Heuer 02 Tourbillon Black Phantom Limited Edition,
£16,150, by Tag Heuer