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Millennium Watch Book - Tourbillons  - From Every Angle

Millennium Watch Book - Tourbillons From Every Angle

The last 20 years of the tourbillon*

It was in the middle of winter, while I was on my Sunday jog through the countryside around Geneva, that I got the vision for this book. Not just for this one, but for a whole collection through to 2030 – ten volumes at once!

From Every Angle

© Breguet

Those who’ve already seen the very first The Millennium Watch Book, published in 2020, will find a rather different approach has been taken here. That first volume, released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of GMT Magazine and the WorldTempus website (which belongs to our publishing house), offered an overview of watchmaking in the third millennium in its entirety. At that time, there was no thought of any sequel or series, but on the strength of the highly enthusiastic response to the book by its first readers, and the experience we gained in producing it, the collection was born. The 2020 edition has now become “Volume 0”, thereby making this book, the next in the series, Volume 1.

From Every Angle

© Jaeger-LeCoultre

Each year over the next decade will have its own volume and theme – a first in contemporary watchmaking literature. The year 2021 marks the 220th anniversary of the invention of the tourbillon. Over the course of the past two decades, tourbillons have become nothing short of a fine watchmaking phenomenon, so it’s only natural that this year’s The Millennium Watch Book should be wholly devoted to them. We’ve brought our experts together to focus on this especially demanding subject, and they’ve worked hard to present every aspect of tourbillons, constantly striving to distil all the essential information about developments in the field since 2000, alongside a brief but important historical overview. Once again, the authors’ desire to impart knowledge is accompanied by an aesthetic dimension that aims to instil much the same pleasure as that experienced by lovers of fine watches when they see and touch these fantastic timepieces. Our hope is that as a result, readers may even feel a little tourbillon-like themselves, overcoming the adverse effects of gravity and spinning into bliss…

From Every Angle

© Patek Philippe

*This year GMT Magazine and WorldTempus have embarked on the ambitious project of summarising the last 20 years of the Tourbillon in  The Millennium Watch Book - Tourbillons, a big, beautifully laid out coffee table book. This article is an extract. The Millennium Watch Book - Tourbillons is available on www.the-watch-book.com, in French and English.

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