The art of watch-making

    The Tourbillon movement


    The Tourbillon movement is one of the four movements featured in the Poetic Complications™ collection. With its Tourbillon collection, Van Cleef & Arpels pays tribute to the most prestigious of watch-making complications, combining it with dials that are unique both in terms of the quality of the materials used and the complexity of the techniques used by the dial-makers.

    The Tourbillon collection showcases the best of High Watch-making and High Jewelry. This movement features a complex mechanism which improves the precision of the watch by counterbalancing the unevenness of the earth’s gravitational pull.

    The Tourbillon timepiece used by Van Cleef & Arpels has the particularity of being one of the thinnest in the world (3.5 mm). And in keeping with the Maison’s tradition, no details are overlooked: the back of the Tourbillon case is set with diamonds, while the Tourbillon bridges are set with mother-of-pearl. Even the inside of the movement is lavishly decorated.

    Although mostly hidden, part of the Tourbillon’s movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal glass: revealing a complex geometry of wheels, bridges, mechanisms, and even a miniature Vendôme Column - symbol of the Maison - masterfully inserted for the owner’s enjoyment.

    And even where the movement is not visible through the case, when the watchmaker is the only person to contemplate its hidden beauty, every element is always as richly decorated as it is technically perfect.

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