An amazing new mechanical watch with a rotating tourbillon, a magnifying glass, a platinum case and an intricate design has been presented for the anniversary of Gagarin’s flight into space.
Swiss luxury watchmaker Bernhard Lederer Universe has launched a new mechanical watch to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight into space. The new Gagarin Tourbillon limited edition is a tribute to the Russian’s cosmonaut’s great feat, which is clearly seen in its design.
The most notable feature of the commemorative wristwatch is its 60 second orbital flying tourbillon, which rotates counter clockwise (symbolising east). It takes precisely 108 minutes for it to make a full rotation around the dial. This is precisely the same time it took for Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok space capsule to orbit the earth half a century ago.
The name of the capsule (spelt vertically and curved) forms the cage of the tourbillon. Furthermore, the tourbillon seems to be suspended by a sweeping bridge that looks exactly the same as the commemorative statue located at Gagarin’s landing site, in the vicinity of Engels in Russia.
Amazing Details Inspired by Gagarin’s Flight
The clever design of the Gagarin Tourbillon also includes engraving marking the highlights of the flight and a cool addition of a red arc that indicates the period, when the first man in space experienced zero gravity. There is also a central dial, which is stationary and includes hours and minutes.
Another creative detail is an integrated magnifying glass that rotates. Looking through the loupe enables the wearer to enjoy the amazing details on the intricate dial, and also seems like looking out the Vostok capsule to the earth. Another great detail is the fact that the rotating magnifying glass is locked in place by catch that resembles a hatch used on the Vostok.
The case of the captivating Gagarin Tourbillon Watch is exclusive 950 platinum (42 millimeters wide and 15 millimeters thick). The watch is also equipped with the mechanical manual winding movement. It includes three mainspring barrels that provide a power reserve of about 80 hours.
The back plate includes Geneva Waves (Côtes de Genève) stripe-shaped decorative finishing. The movement of the Gagarin Tourbillon timepiece has 264 components and 35 jewels. It was completely designed and manufactured by Benhard Lederer in Switzerland. This brilliant commemorative watch is water resistant to 30 meters and constructed in a limited edition that consists of only 50 pieces. It also includes a sapphire crystal and a black hand-stitched alligator strap that fastens with platinum tang buckle.