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Ulysse Nardin Freak 026-88 Very good Rose gold 44.5mm Manual winding South Africa, Paarl
Ulysse Nardin Freak
R 999 000
Professional dealer
21
ZA
Jacob & Co. Astronomia AS300.40.AP.AK.A New Rose gold 44.5mm Manual winding
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Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar Planets (New Full Set)
R 2 780 717
Free shipping
Professional dealer
11
HK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillion Q1322410 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon
R 622 558
Free shipping
Professional dealer
6
ZA
Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar 5216P-001 Good Platinum Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
R 10 097 584
Professional dealer
50
US
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T 37150 Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Skeleton Dial Tourbillon Chronogra...
R 195 878
Professional dealer
676
US
Laurent Ferrier FBN916.01 Rose gold 40.5mm Manual winding
Laurent Ferrier FBN916.01 Galet Classic Tourbillon - Enamel...
R 1 557 502
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Professional dealer
226
UK
Ulysse Nardin Classic Skeleton Tourbillon 1706-129 Very good Rose gold 44mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture Rose Gold...
R 561 669
Professional dealer
66
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept 26560IO.OO.D002CA.01 Very good Titanium 44mm
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept
R 2 429 494
Professional dealer
10
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26518ST.OO.1220ST.01 New Steel
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon limited original seald
R 4 362 270
Professional dealer
109
CH
IWC IW1868 Very good Platinum Manual winding
IWC IL DESTRIERO SCAFUSIA
R 2 596 943
Professional dealer
5
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept 26589IO.OO.D002CA.01 New Titanium 44mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon Gmt (New)
R 3 015 707
Free shipping
Professional dealer
11
HK
Ulysse Nardin Classic Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon 1780-133/E0-60 Unworn White gold 44mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon Classic
R 752 724
Free shipping
Professional dealer
98
AD
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier CRHPI00507 Good Rose gold 50mm Manual winding
Cartier Unique Diamond Flying Tourbillon Rotonde CRHPI00507
R 6 122 596
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 36899 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Rose Gold Tourbillon Limited Edition...
R 1 358 998
Professional dealer
676
US
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 26153OR.OO.D088CR.01 Rose gold 46mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet 26153OR.OO.D088CR.01 Jules Audemars Rare...
R 1 707 882
Free shipping
Professional dealer
226
UK
Glashütte Original PanoMaticTourbillon 93-01-03-03-04 Very good Platinum 38mm Automatic
Glashütte Original PanoramaDatum Tourbillon
R 850 323
Professional dealer
19
US
Jacob & Co. OP110.40.AG.AB.BBALA Unworn Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
Jacob & Co. Opera The Godfather FULL SET Ref. OP110.40.AG.AB.B...
R 6 123 885
Professional dealer
546
DE
TAG Heuer Carrera CAR5A90.FC6415 New Ceramic 45mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Chronograph Ceramic
R 231 108
Professional dealer
33
FI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept 26560IO.OO.D002CA.01.A New
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept
R 3 062 871
Professional dealer
109
CH
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 6000V/110A-B544 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Steel (New Full Set)
R 1 703 679
Free shipping
Professional dealer
11
HK
IWC IW1868 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
IWC Il Destriero Scafusia
R 2 411 315
Professional dealer
5
CH
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
Breguet Classique Tourbillon, rose gold, 5-days power-reserve...
R 1 294 640
Professional dealer
56
CH
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex FM.8888TQPNR.OG Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
Franck Muller Cintree Curvex Tourbillon Ewiger Kalender
R 1 594 549
Professional dealer
331
DE
Ulysse Nardin Freak 2303-270/03 Titanium 43mm Automatic
Ulysse Nardin 2303-270/03 Freak X 43mm Titanium - Box &...
R 342 651
Free shipping
Professional dealer
226
UK
Ralph Lauren RLR0220708 Very good Steel 44.8mm Automatic
Ralph Lauren Automotive Flying Tourbillon
R 759 217
Professional dealer
19
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26347TI.OO.1205TI.01 Very good Titanium 44mm Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Price on request
Professional dealer
10
US
Cartier Ballon Bleu
Cartier Ballon Bleu 'Tourbillon'
R 966 726
Professional dealer
6
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26510ST.OO.1220ST.01 Unworn Steel 41mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26510ST.OO.1220ST.01
R 1 979 582
Free shipping
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473
US
Richard Mille RM17-01 New Ceramic 48.15mm Manual winding
Richard Mille RM17-01 Manual Winding Tourbillion (New)
R 11 455 771
Free shipping
Professional dealer
11
HK
IWC Portuguese Tourbillon IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Hand Wound IW546304 Very good Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Metropolitan Boutique Hand Wound...
R 687 449
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
Roger Dubuis Easy Diver SE48.02.9 Very good Steel 48mm Manual winding
Roger Dubuis Easy Diver Flying Tourbillon SE48.02.9
R 341 648
Professional dealer
258
US
Roger Dubuis Excalibur RDDBEX0269 Unworn Platinum 45mm Manual winding
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon
R 4 160 508
Private Seller
 
US
Breguet Marine 5837PT/U2/5ZU Very good Platinum 43mm Manual winding
Breguet Marine Chronograph Tourbillon
R 1 852 573
Professional dealer
331
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillion Q1323420 New White gold 40mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin
R 926 286
Professional dealer
17
FR
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 26346OR.OO.D088CR.01 Very good Rose gold 41mm Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars
R 3 416 476
Professional dealer
10
US
Audemars Piguet Millenary Chronograph 26152AU.OO.D002CR.01 Unworn Carbon 42mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Carbon One Tourbillon Millenary, Just AP Serviced
R 1 949 099
Professional dealer
33
FI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26343CE.OO.1247CE.01 New Ceramic 44mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26343CE.OO.1247CE.01
R 4 896 630
Free shipping
Professional dealer
473
US
Jacob & Co. Astronomia AT160.40.AB.AB.ABALA New Rose gold 47mm Manual winding
Jacob & Co. Astronoma Casino Tourbillon (New Full Set)
R 6 168 492
Free shipping
Professional dealer
11
HK
Blancpain Léman Tourbillon Blancpain Tourbillon With Power Reserve 2925-3642-53B Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Blancpain Rose Gold Tourbillon Leman Semainier Grande Date...
R 805 605
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
Greubel Forsey GMT GF05 Very good Platinum 43.05mm Manual winding
Greubel Forsey GMT GF05 Tourbillon Globe 24 Seconds Platinum
R 5 309 963
Professional dealer
70
US
Blancpain 28825-3600-53B Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
Blancpain Tourbillon Transparence - 28825-3600-53B
R 712 145
Professional dealer
20
US
Cabestan Cabestan Very good Titanium 46mm Manual winding
Cabestan Winch Vertical Tourbillon , Piece Unique Diamond Center
R 1 488 065
Professional dealer
13
SG
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26516PT.ZZ.1220PT.01 Very good Platinum 41mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Platinum Extra Thin Tourbillon Gem...
R 3 571 341
Free shipping
Professional dealer
327
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26268SN.OO.D003CU.01 Very good Carbon 44mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
Price on request
Professional dealer
10
US
Ulysse Nardin Freak 2086-115 Unworn Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin FREAK PHANTOM
R 1 336 525
Professional dealer
146
CZ
IWC IWC Chronograph
IWC "Il Destriero Scafusia" Limited Edition
Price on request
Professional dealer
6
UK
Jacob & Co. Astronomia AF321.40.BA.AB.ASB4A New Rose gold 42.5mm Manual winding
Jacob & Co. Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin by Jacob & Co (New...
R 3 740 260
Free shipping
Professional dealer
11
HK
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Cartier Rotonde W1551951 Very good Platinum 42mm Manual winding
Cartier Platinum Rotonde Tourbillon Retrograde W1551951
R 1 020 433
Free shipping
Professional dealer
743
UK
Breguet Classique Complications 3657PT Very good Platinum 39mm Manual winding
Breguet Tourbillon Réf.3657pt
R 1 076 645
Professional dealer
30
FR
Montblanc 4810 New White gold 42mm Automatic
Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim Limited Edition Europe
R 538 323
Professional dealer
8
PL
Ulysse Nardin Freak 2053-132/03.1 Very good Titanium 45mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin Freak Out 2053-132/03.1
R 485 140
Free shipping
Professional dealer
1384
US
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T CAR5A91.FT6162 New Ceramic Automatic
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Chronograph 45mm Skeleton...
R 269 161
Professional dealer
1384
BE
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX Q193J45J Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin Amvox 3 Tourbillon GMT limit. B+P
R 831 616
Professional dealer
114
DE
Breguet Classique Complications 3355pt/00/986 Very good Platinum 35mm Manual winding
Breguet Classique Complications
R 1 280 837
Professional dealer
146
CZ
Frederique Constant FC-800 Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding
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Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon (xx/99)
R 75 922
Private Seller
 
US
Franck Muller Vanguard V45TGRCSYACH5NBL New Rose gold 44mm Manual winding
Franck Muller (NEW) Vanguard Yachting Skeleton Tourbillon Rose...
R 1 327 694
Free shipping
Professional dealer
11
HK
Breguet Classique Complications 5317/PT/129V6 New Platinum 39mm Automatic
Breguet Classique Tourbillon
R 2 246 105
Professional dealer
131
MC
Audemars Piguet Millenary Chronograph 26069PT Very good Platinum 47mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Millenary Maserati Mc 12 Tourbillon Chronograp...
R 1 522 154
Professional dealer
30
FR
Jaquet-Droz J028033201 Unworn Rose gold 47mm Manual winding
Jaquet-Droz Tourbillon Quantieme - J028033201
R 1 198 044
Professional dealer
20
US
IWC Portuguese Tourbillon 5463-05 Good Rose gold 43.2mm Manual winding
IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Limited 100 Pcs. 5463-05 18k Rose...
R 527 656
Professional dealer
71
US

Whirlwind Watches

Tourbillon timepieces are true watchmaking masterpieces. Manufacturers such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and A. Lange & Söhne have perfected these precise watches and combine them with impressive complications like perpetual calendars.


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Highlights

  • Incredibly precise wristwatches due to compensation for deviations caused by gravity
  • Famous manufacturers of tourbillon watches: Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Affordable models available for less than 30,000 euros from Frédérique Constant

What are tourbillon watches?

Tourbillon watches have an incredibly special mechanism that compensates for gravity-related deviations from the correct time. Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the tourbillon ("whirlwind") in 1795. Back then, men carried their pocket watches around vertically in their vest pockets. This position negatively impacted the watches' accuracy, and thus they would often deviate from the reference time. Therefore, Breguet invented a cage that makes an entire 360-degrees rotation every minute and placed the balance wheel and escapement inside the cage. The rotation compensated for the gravity-related deviations and created exceptionally precise mechanical timepieces .

Today, watches with a tourbillon are still considered proof of haute horlogerie. These timepieces regularly outperform others in precision tests. Almost all traditional, renowned Swiss manufacturers feature timepieces with a tourbillon in their collections. Brands such as Patek Philippe or Jaeger-LeCoultre add additional complications to their tourbillon watches. These so-called Grande Complication models are the epitome of haute horologie and are some of the most expensive watches in the world. One example of such a watch is Patek Philippe 's Sky Moon Tourbillon, which has displays on both the front and back side of the case. It features additional complications such as a minute repeater, perpetual calendar, and a sidereal time display. Seeing as the Sky Moon Tourbillon costs around 1.5 million euros, it's one of the most expensive wristwatches in the world.


How much do tourbillon watches cost?

Considering how time consuming and intricate the process is to make a tourbillon, wristwatches with this complication are accordingly expensive. Models from Patek Philippe rarely cost less than 150,000 euros. Wristwatches from the Swiss manufacturers Jaeger-LeCoultre and Audemars Piguet are significantly less expensive, costing 30,000 euros pre-owned and between 50,000 and 60,000 euros new. The most reasonably-priced tourbillon timepieces, however, come from Frédérique Constant. They sell their tourbillon watches for less than 30,000 euros. You can purchase wristwatches from this brand and others in the Chrono24 Brand Boutique. Moritz Grossmann watches are also available in the Brand Boutique; a new, white gold Benu Tourbillon timepiece costs 168,000 euros.


Detailed Price Information

Model Price (approx.) Features
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon, Ref. 6002G 1.43 million euros 12 complications, including a perpetual calendar, minute repeater, sky chart, sidereal time, and moon phase display
A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph "Pour le Mérite," Ref. 712.050 380,000 euros Double chronograph, gold case, limited to 50 pieces
Breguet Classique Grande Complication Double Tourbillon, Ref. 5347 305,000 euros Two tourbillons, rose gold case
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2, Ref. 2332420 250,000 euros Spherical second-generation tourbillon, pink gold case
Moritz Grossmann Benu Tourbillon, MG-000004 168,000 euros Three-minute tourbillon, stop-seconds, decentralized seconds and hours, white gold case
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin, Ref. 26510ST.00.1220ST.01 100,000 euros Octagonal bezel, stainless steel case
Zenith El Primero Tourbillon, Ref. 03.2050.4035/21.C630 45,000 euros Automatic, chronograph
IWC Portugieser Tourbillon, Ref. IW544705 40,000 euros Decentralized seconds, stop-seconds, red gold case
Frédérique Constant Manufacture Tourbillon, Ref. FC-980N4S6 29,000 euros Day/night indicator

High-Class Tourbillon Models

Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, and Breguet are three more brands that are traditional tourbillon watch manufacturers. Breguet, based in L'Abbaye in Switzerland, was founded in 1775. Since the late 1990s, it has been a part of the Swatch Group. The royal houses of Europe and many prominent politicians have historically been loyal Breguet customers. For example, Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill were two famous Breguet wearers. Prices for pre-owned Breguet timepieces start at 40,000 euros, while new models cost at least 74,000 euros. Top models made of 18-karat rose gold with two tourbillons cost around 305,000 euros.

The Royal Oak is Audemars Piguet's most famous model. The most renowned watch designer of all time, Gérald Genta, developed this stainless steel timepieces in the early 1970s. Originally, it was conceived as a simple, thin sports watch. Today, it's also available in gold with a tourbillon and other intricate complications. New stainless steel models without any additional functions start at 100,000 euros. You can also find new Royal Oak chronographs with a tourbillon in this price range. Pre-owned chronographs start at around 85,000 euros.

Jaeger-LeCoultre, based in Le Sentier, has improved upon the traditional tourbillon so that gravity-related deviations are compensated for in every position. The engineers were able to achieve this by placing the cage in a second cage, making three dimensional rotations possible. A new platinum Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon costs around 245,000 euros. Its successor, the rose gold Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2, costs about the same. The white gold Reverso Grande Complication à Triptyque, on the other hand, costs about 100,000 euros more. This complicated timepiece has a perpetual calendar and sky chart, as well as sidereal time and sunrise and sunset displays. The Reverso, which has been on the market since the early 1930s, is JLC's most popular and famous model. Its characteristic features include a rectangular, reversible case that rotates 180 degrees.


Affordable Tourbillon Timepieces

If you're searching for a tourbillon watch, but don't want to or can't spend hundreds of thousands of euros, you should take a look at wristwatches from Frédérique Constant. Their tourbillon timepieces are available for less than 30,000 euros, a significant price difference. Pre-owned models can even be purchased for less than 20,000 euros. These are very affordable tourbillon watches with in-house calibers . Versions with a stainless steel case and gold bezel cost 32,000 euros new; the price of a gold watch is around 39,000 euros.

Somewhat more expensive are the tourbillon watches from Zenith and the International Watch Company (IWC). Zenith's famous El Primero chronograph is available with a tourbillon starting at 35,000 euros pre-owned and 45,000 euros new. A pre-owned IWC timepiece with a tourbillon costs around 30,000 euros, while new versions still cost less than 40,000 euros. These timepieces are a part of the famous Portugieser collection.


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