The tourbillon is one of the most prized complications for Haute Horlogerie collectors, but no watchmakers have focused on them exclusively – until now. Purnell is currently the only company in the world to have risen to this particular challenge. Founded in Switzerland at the turn of the new millennium, Purnell’s approach to Haute Horlogerie is driven by a desire to exalt the tourbillon, not only as an escapement that guarantees perfect isochronism, but as a complication that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is technically fascinating.
In its endeavour to scale new heights, Purnell has developed a unique area of expertise: the high-speed triple-axis tourbillon, the Spherion. By joining forces with Eric Coudray, master watchmaker and Gaia Prize laureate, Purnell ushered in a new era for the tourbillon by positioning it face up on the dial, where it performs three different rotations around three axes at three different speeds. Purnell is unapologetically future-facing, and its timepieces, particularly their tourbillon cages, embody a disruptive, colourful and innovative aesthetic. Never in its 200 years has the tourbillon known such upheaval.