The Tourbillon is one of the most intricate timepiece complications. Its development can be traced back to the end of the 18th century and was introduced in order to compensate for the effects of gravity upon (primarily) the hairspring of extant pocket watches. Because the tourbillon mounts the escapement and balance wheel into a rotating cage, the balance, pallet fork and hairspring are moved through a 360 degree arc over a period typically lasting one minute. All things being equal, the tourbillon thus ensures improved timekeeping across the multitude of vertical positions to which the watch is exposed.
Although by most accounts, minute repeaters, split-second chronographs and other high-complications are more complex to produce than the tourbillon, it is still one of the most sought-after complications to be found in the modern wristwatch – not least because of its stunning visual beauty and mechanical aesthetics. Crafting a tourbillon involves hundreds of hours of artisanship and dedication. Typically costing tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars, Stührling presents tourbillons in the most affordable price category far below the stratospheric price points of comparable brands. Stührling thus empowers the everyman with an opportunity to own one of timekeeping’s most sought-after collectibles.
Most tourbillons are manual-wound (hand-wound) masterpieces. The owner of such a timepiece would be well-instructed to treat it with the modicum of care that any finely crafted object would entail. Thus, keeping the wristwatch away from harmful magnetic fields, reducing its exposure to moisture, preventing accidental knocks or scrapes, and most importantly, ensuring that the timepiece is not overwound, are important ways to ensure the longevity of such a fine exemplar of watchmaking mastery.