Since Master Baodi laid the tourbillon frame structure, for more than 130 years, no one can break the traditional structure with beams and columns in this cabin. It wasn’t until 1931 that Alfred Helwig from the Glashütte watch factory in Germany pulled out the ‘beam’ in Breguet’s ‘hut’-he invented the ‘flying tourbillon’ which canceled the fixed bridge.
Master watchmaker Alfred Helwig
The first revolution in the history of the tourbillon came from Germany. Glashütte, founded in 1845, is one of the world’s most distinctive top mechanical watch factories. Glashütte represents the highest standard in the German watchmaking industry, and also makes the world know that it is not only Swiss talents who make high-quality watches. And Alfred Helwig made people appreciate the groundbreaking innovation of Glashütte in the field of tourbillon, so that the tourbillon has entered the ‘flying’ era.
玑 Since Master Baodi laid the tourbillon frame structure, for more than 130 years, no one has been able to break the traditional structure with beams and columns in this cabin. It wasn’t until 1931 that Alfred Helwig from the Glashütte watch factory in Germany pulled out the ‘beam’ in Breguet’s ‘hut’-he invented the ‘flying tourbillon’ which canceled the fixed bridge. The invention of Alfred Helwig further reduced the weight and wear of the tourbillon, and took a step forward in precision.
Alfred Helwig Flying Tourbillon 2
纪念 In honor of Alfred Helwig’s epoch-making achievements in the tourbillon structure, Glashütte launched the Alfred Helwig Flying Tourbillon 1 and Alfred Helwig Flying Tourbillon 2 watches in 1996 and 2001 respectively. Among them, the Alfred Helwig Flying Tourbillon 2 watch, released in 2001, is even more exciting.
Alfred Helwig Flying Tourbillon 2 installs the Glashütte Cal. 41-02 manual tourbillon movement, and combines the tourbillon device with the retrograde date rather rarely. Its face plate configuration presents the beauty of coordination and balance: the hour and minute display at 6 o’clock, which corresponds to the tourbillon at 12 o’clock; the retrograde date at 8 o’clock, which corresponds to 4 o’clock. Position-designed power reserve. Its commemorative quaint feeling also comes from the hand-carved silver face plate and the classic case with staggered polishing of bright mist. It must be mentioned that this tourbillon mechanism is an Alfred Helwig-style second-generation tourbillon with the upper end canceling the fixed bracket.
The Glashütte Watch Factory is indeed a long-established company. It also has a master who will not be forgotten by the time and is also a master of the same period as Alfred Helwig. He is Julius Assmann. Julius Assmann first designed pocket watches in 1852. Julius Assmann3 skeletonized tourbillon watch is designed to commemorate him. The faceplate design of this skeleton tourbillon watch inherits the symmetry and balance beauty of Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 2. Its combination of tourbillon device and retrograde date indicator on the hand-carved and white porcelain dial is more perfect As a tribute to the creators of pocket watches, Julius Assmann 3 is also a pocket watch and a watch dual-use watch.