Various timekeepers can be described as bridges between traditional and modern disciplines, but none of them does it in such an extreme style as the latest product by Luxius Suisse. Its timepiece is revolutionary since it is a smart watch which actually includes a mechanical movement with a tourbillion complication. Its futuristic half is used to display news from selected sources and it can be coupled with both a smart phone and smart glasses. Needless to say, this is the first piece of this kind. The immensely innovative and in a way a bit odd mixture of past and future is presented in an ergonomically designed housing made of white gold. Interestingly, its movement is also skeletonized and visible from both sides. The first ever smart tourbillion model will be launched in a restricted edition of 100 pieces at the price of around $49,000.
The Latest Chapter in Development
Smart watches are the latest chapter in the development of timepieces. These modern contraptions are paired with smart phones and act as some sort of twin devices. In other terms, they enable viewing and operating of the smart phone functions on a wristwatch. However, none of these products that we have seen before was combined with a mechanical movement featuring a tourbillion. In fact, there was a mobile phone with a tourbillion movement (Celsius X VI II LeDix) which was some sort of a reversed concept. However, that model with a more complex mechanical part which featured a flying tourbillion was just a regular cellular phone and did not include functions of a smart phone. Additionally, there were, of course, some other smart watches with digital displays that mimicked the appearance of a tourbillion, but the product by Luxius Suisse is the first one that is equipped with a proper mechanical tourbillion.
Enamel Dial with Two Contrasting Parts
The upper segment of Smart Tourbillon timekeeper is reserved for the traditional timekeeping. This segment of the enameled dial in anthracite color is reserved for two central hands (for hours and minutes) and a tourbillion carriage at the lower part. Each of the features is based on a Swiss made manually-wound mechanical movement with 50 jewels. The movement is actually skeletonized and visible through the dial. Its balance oscillates at the high frequency of 4 Hz, while the power reserve lasts for around two days.
On the other hand, the lower part of the dial features an RSS-Screen (short for Real-Time Streaming System) which displays news of choice in real time, so it can be, for example, used to keep track of the novelties from the financial market. This section of the watch’s face runs on a lithium battery. It can, of course, be recharged and its power reserve is more or less the same as the one of the mechanical part. Depending on the use, it can last up to 48 hours. The RSS-Screen of the futuristic device can connect to a smart phone or smart glasses with the use of Bluetooth or Near Field communication (NFC).
Smart Design with Curved Profile
Luxius Suisse Smart Tourbillon also possesses a very appealing case design. The profile of the 18 K white gold case is wider at the top and at the narrowest point on the bottom. It also includes beveled edges and curved back. At the widest part, the case has the height of 10.5 mm. When observed from the front, the shape of the housing is rectangular. While the length is 55 mm, the width of the case is pretty reserved with 35 mm. The product has another recognizable trait of high horology since it features a transparent case-back made of sapphire. This way, it is possible to observe the functioning of both its mechanical caliber and RSS Multimedia RSS card which drives the news screen at the lower part of the dial.
The revolutionary mixture of traditional horology and modern technology is coupled with a black crocodile leather strap with inner lining made of red satin. It locks with an invisible deployant clasp. Luxuis Suisse Smart Tourbillon is still unavailable for sale and its date of release remains to be disclosed. However, it is known that the first smart watch with a mechanical tourbillion will be issued in a limited edition of 100 copies which will be sold at the price of about $49,000.