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Helwig Flying Tourbillon 2 in Platinum, with press release

July 10 2002 at 1:13 AM

Saturn and Steven Walker  (Premier Login thepurist178)
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A masterpiece of fine German watchmaking has given rise to a sequel on the occasion of the 2001 Basel
Watch Trade Fair. It was exactly five years ago that the master watchmakers of Glashütte Original
were able to impress the experts with their first tourbillon in memory of Alfred Helwig.

The new tourbillon bearing the name of this famous Glashhutte watchmaker is yet another homage
by this storied manufactory to the creator of the flying tourbillon. Developed and manufactured
in accordance with the stringent traditional rules of Glashütte watchmaking, this watch is sure
to fascinate watch lovers and experts alike. This new masterpiece, like the first Helwig tourbillon,
boasts decentral hour and minute displays and a flying minute tourbillon mounted on the
dial side. This cantilevered tourbillon was developed by master watchmaker Alfred Helwig in Glashütte
around 1920.

Yet this is far from all - there is also an elaborately designed differential mechanism which displays the remaining winding power of this exquisitely finished manual winding movement calibre 41-02.

The designation of this display on the beautifully guilloched fine silver dial is rooted in the history
of the Glashutte watch manufactory. Marine chronometers and observational clocks were already produced with "up" and "down" displays in the 20th century. With the addition of a retrograde date display, the Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 2 is a grande complication of fine German watchmaking from the Glashütte Original manufactory.

The price of this model, limited to 25 pieces worldwide, is 85,000 Euro with a fine platinum housing and 78,000 Euro with a housing of classic rose gold.

Technical specifications: Manual winding movement calibre 41-02

Diameter 30,95 mm
Overall height 5.5 mm (without tourbillon cage)
Oscillation frequency 3 Hz = 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
Running time when fully wound 48 hours
Balance Screw balance with 18 weighted screws
Spring Bréguet spring
Jewels 35 jewels, 2 diamonds
Displays Hours and minutes decentrally at the "6", second display
on the tourbillon cage at the "12", sectoral power reserve
display at the "4", retrograde date display at the "8"
Special features all parts have been finely finished, angled and polished, crown wheels
with double solar finish, polished gear profiles, screwed gold chatons,
surface-polished blued screws, gear platform with Glashütte strip finish

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