Luxury watch has integrated tourbillon and automatic movements.
Swiss watchmaker Jacob & Co. has unveiled a new take on the tourbillon, with the first watch to combine the tourbillon system and an automatic winding system, providing an visual display "unlike any other in horology."
The Cyclone Tourbillon was developed for Jacob & Co. by Swiss complications specialist La Fabrique du Temps, under the direction of Michel Navas and Enrico Barbasini, the N and B of the former BNB firm.
Their development of the Cyclone Tourbillon in collaboration with Jacob & Co. is the latest product of a long-term creative partnership which has previously produced the Jacob & Co. four time zones complication used in the H24 model, as well as the revolutionary Quenttin Tourbillon.
The new Cyclone watch is considered a continuation of the tradition of revolutions in watchmaking.
In the Cyclone timepiece, the tourbillon carriage has been mounted on the oscillating mass of the automatic winding system, which, in order to provide a full display of its motion, has been moved from its normal position on the back of the watch to the dial side of the movement.
The movement –Jacob & Co. caliber LFT 108 – is described as "pure Jacob & Co." due to aggressive finish. The entire complex arrangement has been contained in a movement 11.91mm in height, with a diameter of 34.60mm, and the automatic winding system is bidirectional, with a power reserve of 45 hours.
The Cyclone has no dial in the conventional sense; instead the hour and minute display, small seconds display, and power reserve are incorporated directly into the upper plate of the movement, allowing free movement as well as an uobstructed view of the tourbillon and automatic winding movement.