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The Best Tourbillons at European Watch Company

What is it about the tourbillon that captivates even complete newcomers to the watch space? A novice might not blink at a minute repeater, but tourbillons have a certain scintillating effect that almost hypnotically draw in anyone who looks. While it is certainly beautiful to watch a tourbillon in action, the tourbillon was a brilliant compensating regulator initially intended to account for a pocket watch’s position within a jacket pocket, essentially counteracting the effects of gravity. The rotating chassis upon which the escapement was suspended served as an equalizer to maintain accuracy no matter the orientation of the watch. Today, in all honesty, tourbillons should likely be viewed more as an art form than a practical complication. At European Watch Company, we have had the privilege of covering some of the most important (and hypnotic) tourbillons on the market. Here is our list of some of our favorite tourbillon watches from some of the best watch brands.

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 

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While there are numerous places to start, let’s begin at the end, with one of the most modern interpretations of the centuries-old tourbillon. The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon brings GF’s distinctly modern flavor to classic complications. This reference  employs multiple stacked mainspring barrels to provide an impressive 120 hours of power reserve. Rather than mounting the tourbillons in a typical fashion, in this case Greubel Forsey has situated the two tourbillons on a separate assembly mounted at 30 degrees. Then, each tourbillon cage is given a different rate of rotation. Effectively, this is designed to have all imbalances between the mechanisms leveraged out. Just to put this in perspective, originally, tourbillons were designed to balance out inaccuracies in escapement amplitude. Here, Greubel has attempted to balance out inaccuracies between two devices that are designed to balance inaccuracies. You get the idea. The aesthetics of the piece are quite open, and the finishing quality is exquisite, so make sure to read our previous article for the full detailed overview of this masterpiece. 

Patek Philippe 5016P-018

Patek Philippe 5016P-018

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Next up is a quintessential example of Patek Philippe high horology watchmaking. The reference 5016P-018 combines a minute repeater and a tourbillon in one. In this case, I’ve chosen to include the watch for more reasons than one. Firstly, Patek is one of the definitive masters of the tourbillon, and the fact that this watch manages to incorporate a minute repeater alongside the tourbillon is magnificent. Perhaps more interesting, however, is the fact that Patek has chosen to leave the tourbillon on the back of the watch, without any aperture showcasing its beauty on the front. This to me encapsulates the Patek philosophy perfectly. Discreet, under the radar, and unassuming, for Patek, the tourbillon is a practical mechanical solution and aids in the timekeeping. Therefore, it shouldn’t be the center of attention; the information should take the primal role with the complication serving as a secondary priority. 

Patek Philippe 5002P Sky Moon Tourbillon

Patek Philippe 5002P Sky Moon Tourbillon

The Patek Philippe 5002P Sky Moon Tourbillon is not a watch that tries to go quietly under the radar. That said, it is also a watch that requires an eye for detail. Integrating both a tourbillon and a minute repeater, it is a stellar representation of Patek Philippe’s commitment to mechanical brilliance. Housed in a platinum case, its dual-faced design offers both timekeeping and a celestial chart that precisely tracks lunar phases and the night sky. The watch’s intricate mechanics (from its Gyromax balance wheel to the 55-hour power reserve) are guided by a hand-wound in-house caliber with a staggering 686 components. The Sky Moon Tourbillon isn’t just a timepiece; it’s a compendium of the cosmos, meticulously etched onto a wrist-sized canvas. While its complexity may intimidate the uninitiated, it represents the pinnacle of craftsmanship, innovation, and precision to the seasoned watch aficionado.

H. Moser X MB&F Endeavor Cylindrical Tourbillon

H. Moser X MB&F Endeavor Cylindrical Tourbillon

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Yet another modern tourbillon interpretation, the Moser and MB&F Endeavor Cylindrical Tourbillon is the fruitful outgrowth of the two significant brands’ partnership. The result is Moser’s incredible fume dial acumen coupled with the imaginative design and movement execution of MB&F. It’s the best of both worlds in one unique timepiece. A heavily domed crystal helps to convey the three-dimensionality of the monstrous watch. The time display has been tilted 40 degrees upward so that it is only readable by the wearer, with the tourbillon remaining visible to all from any angle. The slate display of the dial is cut sharply inward to showcase the cylindrical tourbillon at the top of the dial. This mechanical watch is an artistic masterpiece in dial and movement design.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Regency

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Regency

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Next up is a piece that finds its way onto many of these best-of lists. It’s no surprise, either, since the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain checks many boxes. Journe’s first model, the Tourbillon Souverain features a shrunken time display on the right side of the dial balanced by a tourbillon aperture on the left. The tourbillon is coupled with a constant force remontoire for heightened accuracy and consistent distribution of torque to the escapement as the power reserve winds down. 

This platinum variant with a hand carved “Regency” dial was intended to be limited to two pieces, but tragically, the only engraver capable of creating the dials for these pieces passed away before completing the second one. Thus, this version became a 1-of-1 piece unique by circumstance. A beautiful watch with an equally interesting story, the Tourbillon Souverain Regency in platinum is one of the most desirable pieces in Journe’s fascinating history.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Remontoir

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Remontoir PT

The F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Remontoir is a singular achievement in haute horlogerie and the epitome of grandeur and horological mastery. This timepiece boasts a tourbillon and a fascinating “remontoir d’égalité”, an ingenious constant-force mechanism that ensures unvarying torque to the escapement. Crafted with a platinum case and an exquisitely detailed white gold and white guilloché dial, the watch presents itself with classic elegance, complemented by the warm tones of a rose gold movement visible through the sapphire case back. The dial layout is artfully balanced, with a power reserve indicator and sub-seconds dial alongside the mesmerizing dance of the tourbillon cage. A meticulous approach to finishing is evident in every element, from the chamfered edges of the bridges to the hand-crafted “Côtes de Genève” patterns. With the Tourbillon Souverain Remontoir, F.P. Journe doesn’t just set the bar, he creates an entirely new standard, making it an irresistible piece for the elite watch connoisseur.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon 6000V/110A-B544

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon 6000V/110A-B544

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If you are looking for an effortless incorporation of a tourbillon into a sports watch package, the Overseas Tourbillon is an obvious choice. The blue-dialed variant is smoking hot right now and the case and bracelet finish helps shed light on why this might be. The integration of the classic Maltese cross into the bracelet, bezel, and tourbillon cage is brilliant, with even the internal facets of the bracelet links polished by hand to a mirror shine. It has to be one of the best bracelets on the market (the other that comes to mind is the Lange Odysseus bracelet). Yet another thoughtful detail is the brand’s implementation of a peripheral rotor for the self-winding system, such that a rotor does not obscure the tourbillon’s visibility through the caseback. Well done. 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin 41mm 26510ST

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin 41mm 26510ST

The blue dial variant of the stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak might be the most popular watch the brand currently has in its catalog. That being said, it should come as no surprise that we are big fans of the Royal Oak Tourbillon with blue dial as well. Like many other Royal Oaks, this stainless steel model comes in a well-sized 41mm case. However, the watch is just 8.85mm thick, greatly aiding wearability. Compared to most tourbillons (and even many from Audemars Piguet itself) this piece is quite subdued. The dial is not skeletonized. Instead, you see AP’s signature “Petite Tapisserie” pattern with the dial only opened up at 6 o’clock to showcase the tourbillon and surrounding movement. So, if you are looking for a more understated tourbillon (well, as understated as having a tourbillon on your wrist can actually get), this is the piece for you.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon GMT

At the heart of this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept (and the reason it is on this list!) is a beautiful flying tourbillon. The piece also adds a GMT function which is an indispensable feature for avid travelers and global entrepreneurs. The watch case, crafted from sandblasted titanium, marries durability with sophistication. What sets this piece apart, however, is its angular, architectural skeletonized dial. A labyrinth of gears, springs, and levers (all meticulously finished by hand) allows the wearer to peer into the beating heart of the watch, revealing the intricate ballet of its inner workings. Engaging to look at yet highly practical, this Audemars Piguet timepiece deftly balances avant-garde aesthetics with time-honored craftsmanship, making it a compelling choice for the discerning luxury watch lover.

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph “Pour Le Mérite” 712.050

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph “Pour Le Mérite” 712.050

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Another compound complication, the Lange Tourbograph “Pour Le Mérite” 712.050 pairs a tourbillon with a split second rattrapante. This piece makes use of (and debuted) Lange’s proprietary “Honeygold” alloy which has a hardness that surpasses platinum and a hue somewhere between rose and white gold. Additionally, the center of the dial has been guilloched and cut to flaunt the traditionally structured German tourbillon cage. This special tourbillon was limited to 50 pieces and remains one of the most desirable pieces from Lange since the model’s introduction back in 2010. 

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon “Pour Le Mérite” 701.001

A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon “Pour Le Mérite” 701.001

We love the Lange “Pour Le Mérite” so much that we had to include a second model on this list. The ref. 701.001 was one of the four original models produced in 1994 that relaunched the brand. With the release of this watch, it was clear that A. Lange & Söhne would go on to become a preeminent watchmaker in the industry. The watch features a tourbillon at 6 o’clock with running seconds at 9 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The watch is extremely rare as only 200 were made (with only 106 produced in yellow gold). With the 701.001 you not only get a beautiful tourbillon but a significant piece of Lange history.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon 704.032

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon 704.032

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One of the greatest things about A. Lange & Sohne is the brand’s ability to incorporate complications into an existing design language. In this case, Lange has added a tourbillon to the Lange 1, maintaining the character of the collection while adding substantially to the sophistication of the piece. Lange has preserved the power reserve, big date, and time display, while shifting the small seconds to the left to accommodate the tourbillon. As is the case with all tourbillons from Lange, the brand has set the tourbillon with a diamond rather than a synthetic ruby. Additionally, the supporting bridge network is extensively engraved by hand in classic Lange fashion. It’s a beautiful watch and certainly captures the Lange spirit.

A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Chronograph 740.036

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Serving as a veritable symphony of horological complications, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Chronograph 740.036 is a stunning exemplar of German craftsmanship at its finest. While perhaps not the most complicated watch on this list outright, it offers you perhaps every possible “daily” complication you might need. Central to its allure is the triple-threat of a Datograph chronograph, perpetual calendar, and tourbillon, each representing a pinnacle of mechanical complexity. In addition, you’ll find a moon-phase display, day/night indicator, and a power-reserve indicator on the surprisingly neat dial. 

Crafted from untreated German silver, the L952.2 movement is a marvel of haute horlogerie, showcasing peerless finishing techniques such as Glashütte striping, perlage, and hand-engraved balance cocks. Equally impressive is the tourbillon, visible only from the case back. Completing this platinum-cased ensemble is a hand-stitched alligator leather strap that molds comfortably to the wrist, marrying luxury with wearability. A masterstroke of both design and engineering, the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Chronograph offers a compelling argument for the heights of sophistication and complexity that mechanical watchmaking can achieve.

A. Lange & Sohne 730.079F 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial

A. Lange & Sohne 730.079F 1815 Tourbillon Enamel Dial

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The final Lange on the list is one of the most traditional tourbillon offerings on the market. The A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Tourbillon, reference 730.079F is a unique design for the brand. Unlike most pieces from Lange, which feature solid sterling silver dials which are then treated for coloring and finish, in this case, Lange has opted for a traditional enamel dial. Notorious for its high rejection rate and complex manufacturing process, enamel remains one of the most expensive dials to manufacture. As part of the 1815 collection, this watch also features the classic Arabic numerals and railway minute track that serve as key reminders of the brand’s legacy in the region of Saxony, Germany. At 6 o’clock is an oversized aperture displaying the gorgeous tourbillon. This watch has stripped away all unnecessary ornamentation, allowing the tourbillon to take center stage. The caseback is equally beautiful, with a hand engraved support staff suspending the tourbillon and a modified three-quarter plate design to maintain the classic aesthetics of Lange. This watch is quite simply one of the greatest tourbillons on the market hands down. 

Richard Mille RM 002 

Richard Mille RM 002 

Richard Mille makes some of the world’s most desirable watches, and it’s not hard to see why. The RM 002 features a tourbillon mechanism at 12 o’clock, which epitomizes the pinnacle of watchmaking expertise, a key part of Richard Mille’s brand DNA. With its ergonomic case design and uncompromised attention to detail, the Richard Mille RM 002 truly captures the essence of Richard Mille’s design. The RM 002 perfectly demonstrates the brand’s integral approach to the design of the movement, case, and dial and as a result, all elements work together in complete harmony. Despite not receiving the same level of attention as some other collections in the brand’s catalog, the RM 002 is a surefire future classic.

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Tourbillon Platinum 2840

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Tourbillon 2840 First Series

Introduced in 2001, just 5 years after Parmigiani Fleurier was founded, the Toric Tourbillon in platinum was the brand’s first tourbillon. An amalgam of high-end finishing and and more brutalistic design aesthetic, the watch truly is unique in the dress watch space. While the finishing is clearly top notch, the dial showcases bare metal and screws with the tourbillon placed in the standard 6 o’clock position. We like it because its a watch that combines many different design cues and looks like nothing else on the market which is a unique proposition for collectors who have seen it all.

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon 3752 Perpetual Chronograph

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon 3752 Perpetual Chronograph

IWC’s Da Vinci Tourbillon 3752 represents a time in IWC’s history when it was at the very forefront of horological excellence. It is the brand from Schaffhausen’s grand complication, marrying a tourbillon, chronograph, perpetual calendar, and moon phase indicator all inside a compact 39mm platinum case. Unusually, at least by modern standards, the one-minute flying tourbillon is relegated to the case back to make way for the vast array of information on the dial side. However, this encourages you to turn the watch over and take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous calibre 76061. If you’re looking for a watch that combines a hint of exuberant luxury with under-the-radar watchmaking prowess, then look no further.

Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport LCF041 Limited Edition

Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport LCF041 Limited Edition

With an elegant blend of modern sportiness and traditional finesse, the Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport LCF041 was the brand’s first foray into the steel sports watch market. At its core is a tourbillon escapement; however, Laurent Ferrier decided to save this wonder for the owner’s benefit alone by keeping visibility limited to the case back only. No dial-side wonder here! Encased in a robust stainless steel case, the watch exudes a sporty demeanor without sacrificing an iota of luxury. Intriguingly, the Tourbillon Grand Sport LCF041 is one of the brand’s largest watches, with a case diameter of 44mm. That puts it firmly on par with some of this list’s other larger-cased sportier offerings. Melding precision engineering with aesthetic grace, the Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport LCF041 is a statement of craftsmanship and style and proof that the brand is well-equipped to operate and succeed in the sportier segment of the market. If I am allowed to have favorites, this one ranks right up there.

Blancpain Leman Tourbillon Manual Wind 8-Day 0023

Blancpain Leman Tourbillon Stainless Steel 0023

Now moving from sporty to the opposite end of the spectrum, the Blancpain Leman Tourbillon Manual Wind 8-Day 0023 is certainly much more on the dressier side of the scale. The watch is encased in a gorgeous platinum shell and resonates with modernity and classicism. With its uncluttered layout, the glossy white dial offers an understated yet refined presentation, making it exceptionally readable at a glance. While the star of the show is undoubtedly the flying tourbillon at twelve (this is a list about tourbillons, after all), round the back, the stunning movement boasts a high level of finishing that includes intricate perlage and anglage, which enthusiasts can admire through the sapphire crystal case back. Complementing its mechanical prowess, the watch offers the wearer a mighty eight days of power reserve, which is impressive even by today’s standards some 20+ years later. In short, the Blancpain Leman Tourbillon Manual Wind 8-Day 0023 combines the brand’s cutting-edge technology with classical aesthetics, fulfilling the desires of those who seek both technical brilliance and stylistic sophistication in a single package.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 8-Day Tourbillon

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 8-Day Tourbillon

The Blancpain Fifthy Fathoms has come roaring into the cultural zeitgeist in recent weeks. And no, its not because people are finally paying attention to the history behind the Fifty Fathoms (it was the first modern diver to be released). It’s due to the fact that Blancpain has partnered with its sister brand Swatch to produce a $400 version of the historical wristwatch with bioceramic (plastic) case and a vacuum sealed and unserviceable Swiss made Swatch Sistem51 automatic movement. Well, if you are looking for a Fifty Fathoms at the other end of the spectrum, the Fifty Fathoms 8-Day Tourbillon might be for you. The watch is clearly a dive and tool watch with its titanium case and bracelet and 300 meters of water resistance. It also just happens to have a tourbillon at 12 o’clock. If an even sportier tourbillon is what you seek, the quest ends here.

Bvlgari Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire 103154

Bulgari Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire 103154

A sublime fusion of Italian design and Swiss precision, the Bvlgari Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire 103154 is a standout even among the illustrious Octo line. Anchoring this timepiece is, of course, its tourbillon mechanism. The skeletonized dial adds a touch of visual drama, offering a panoramic view of the movement’s strong and purposeful architecture. This hypnotic display reveals not just timekeeping elements but also wheels, gears, and springs—all finely crafted and impeccably arranged. The watch’s titanium case is adorned with twelve sapphire windows that flood the internal movement with light for a truly three-dimensional view of the manual winding BVL 206 caliber. Finished with a sleek DLC coating, the Bulgari Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire 103154 presents a unified, stealthy appearance that draws eyes without screaming for attention. With its harmonious balance of daring aesthetics and high-end horology, the Bvlgari Octo Roma Tourbillon Sapphire 103154 is a compelling expression of modern horology with that quintessential Italian flair.

TAG Heuer Carrera HEUER02T Skeleton CAR5A90.FC6415

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Skeleton CAR5A90.FC6415

Bridging the gap between high performance and accessible luxury, the TAG Heuer Carrera HEUER02T Skeleton CAR5A90.FC6415 is a tour de force in contemporary watchmaking. Central to this piece is its COSC-certified HEUER02T movement, which provides a chronograph function and a tourbillon — a rarity in timepieces at this price point (MSRP = $20,750). Built with a nanograph composite hairspring for improved timekeeping accuracy, the watch is a testament to TAG Heuer’s dedication to innovation. Encased in a black PVD-coated titanium case and paired with a ceramic bezel, the watch offers a sleek, lightweight feel on the wrist while effectively resisting everyday wear and tear. A sporty black rubber strap ensures durability and comfort during high-activity moments, perfectly complementing the watch’s robust functionality. Striking a seamless balance between cutting-edge technology and everyday wearability, the TAG Heuer Carrera HEUER02T Skeleton makes advanced horology attainable and relevant for a new generation of watch enthusiasts.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Q6056590

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Q6056590

The final watch on our list not only includes a tourbillon but a power reserve indicator and GMT function. But it is the tourbillon on this platinum piece that really steals the show. That’s because it’s no ordinary tourbillon but a spherical or “spherotourbillon”. This multiple-axis tourbillon rotates in two distinct directions at 30 and 15 second intervals (it is more than a traditional tourbillon yet not quite a gyrotourbillon). It truly is mesmerizing and a spectacle to watch. The level of engineering in this watch just shows how underrated Jaeger LeCoultre is as a high horology watchmaker. Just one look and you’ll see that the Duometre Spherotourbillon is a true conversation starter.

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