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Stunning Watches That Make a Statement — The World of Tourbillon

BY // 01.06.16

(This story is sponsored by PaperCity partner Tourbillon.)

Excellence. That word is always on your mind. You expect it of yourself, and you seek it in everything you encounter. Your automobile, your clothing, your food and wine. Your mantra?  Understated elegance coupled with timeless grace and style. You accept nothing less. Tourbillon understands, and gives you all that, and more.

Consider, for example, these timepieces from Blancpain. Each is a work of art, and whether you purchase one for yourself, or as a gift for someone special, your discernment will not go unnoticed.

First, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Flyback Chronograph. It’s a self-winding beauty that will go from the ocean to the city with ease and style. It sports a column-wheel chronograph, and hands that remind one of the original 1950s model. It’s a 43mm-diamter timepiece, and is available in the brushed black ceramic version shown here or in brushed steel with a meteor-grey dial. Both models come with a NATO fabric or sail canvas strap, ideal for aquatic use. (The steel version can be fitted with a metal bracelet.) ($17,200)

If you are looking for something a bit more traditional — and, we must say, complex — try the Le Brassus Carrousel Minute Repeater Flyback Chronograph. Wear this, and you are in rarified air. We are talking about one of the most complicated and elegant timepieces available. Its perfection includes the carrousel, the minute repeater, and the chronograph, three time-honored marvels that demonstrate human ingenuity and endeavor. The carrousel is Blancpain’s famous one-minute flying version, and the minute repeater has been crafted for stellar volume and clarity. Finally, the chronograph, the pinnacle of short-term measurement. In this timepiece, it is as user-friendly as it is complicated. There are but a few hands capable of bringing a watch such as this to life, and its rarity is something to behold. ($449,600)

The La Brassus Tourbillon Carrousel is another wonderful timepiece worthy of your wrist. It combines both a tourbillon and a carrousel, the former at 12 o’clock and the latter at 6 o’clock. Both the tourbillon and the carrousel are designed to reduce gravity-related effects on the movement’s operation, and their interaction in this watch represents nothing short of groundbreaking innovation. Blancpain craftsmen have achieved something for the ages here. Roman numerals and a luxurious alligator leather strap add to the wonder. ($319,000)

Blancpain has been making women’s watches equipped with self-winding movements for a long time, and knows how to combine feminine beauty and stellar craftsmanship. The Chronograph Grande Date continues this tradition. A mother-of-pearl dial, circled by a minute track, are joined by a wave of 17 diamonds, and the 18-karat dial of red gold is surrounded by 40 larger diamonds. One glance and you are captivated. The Grande Date has a 38.6mm case, and the crown is set with a diamond, a finishing touch sure to spark conversation. The timepiece is also available in white gold and steel versions, and comes with a white ostrich leather strap. ($43,900)

Finally, we present the Retrograde Calendar for women, an exquisite demonstration of whimsy, femininity, and technological profundity. Take a look at the moon phase, which is located at 12 o’clock; it’s placed in a diamond-studded sky beneath the calendar, whose dates are indicated with a star-tipped, serpentine hand. The lunette is set with 40 diamonds, and the crown is finished with a diamond as well. ($41,300)

Tourbillon is the trusted source for all of these fine instruments, and many more, including timepieces from Breguet, Omega, Harry Winston, and Glashütte. They’re all Very PaperCity. Click here for the Houston boutique, and here for the Dallas boutique.

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