A Watchmaking Masterpiece
Movement and ease, balance and instability, highs and lows; many aspects of life are totally random, but not in the case of the Maybach Tourbillon. The anchor-like mechanism, escapement and flywheel are housed in a rotating frame mounted on the axle of the secondhand wheel.
The delicate cage takes a minute to make a complete turn; therefore, unlike conventional watches, in which the escapement is fixed, the variations arising from the vertical position and the effect of gravity are compensated. This mechanism, the exact duration of the sequences in the perfect coordination of all the elements, does not leave any doubts: in the reign of reliability.
With 68 pieces of polished tempered steel and weighing almost equivalent to 10 grains of rice, it is, however, a work of that is genius full of life.
Exclusivity, Elegance and Precision in Perfect Balance
Twelve cylinders turn the Maybach engine into an impressively powerful driving force. So then, only twelve examples of the Maybach Tourbillion watch will be made as a tribute to the exclusivity and fascination that radiates from these works of art on wheels. The watches will be priced at ?120,000.
The Pleasure of Designing Time
The case of the Maybach Tourbillion, perfected to a high standard of craftsmanship seems visible to show us the place in which the heart of time beats. It is a tourbillion flywheel to a minute with a Swiss anchor escape. A tourbillion is a watch movement designed to counteract the effects of gravity and other disturbing forces that may affect the accuracy of a chronograph. This effect is achieved because the anchor, escapement and flywheel are housed in a rotating frame mounted on the axle of the secondhand wheel.
The delicate cage takes a minute to make a complete turn; therefore, unlike conventional watches, in which the escape is fixed, the variations arising from the vertical position and the effect of gravity are compensated.
Its frame measures 14.8 mm in diameter and weighs just 0.32 grams excluding the flywheel.
The timepiece makes five semi-alterations per second, covering an equivalent of 12.2km/h at its outset edge, or more than two and of times the earth’s perimeter in a single year . The 17 rubies of the nickel silver mechanism make this watch a unique precision instrument. In the minute wheel and a small intermediate wheel, bearing stones are mounted on screwed gold settings.
The entire platinum mechanism with an approximate thickness of 6 mm has a reserve windup time of 40 hours. The 18-carat pink gold case keeps the pieces firmly united: seating, leaf spring, flywheel and anchor, wheels and rods, bearing stones, screws to offer a highly accurate timepiece, whereas the dial bears the Maybach emblem.
Moreover, the Breguet hands and the tip of the secondhand are made of gold and the strap is made of alligator skin with an 18-carat pink gold clasp.
Text: Robbie Petersons ± Photo: Cortesía de Maybach.