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Wyler Tourbillon 900.2.00.BB1.RBA

Posted by wristwatch on June 29, 2007

The first element in the Wyler Genève Tourbillon’s triple shock protection system is the contemporary case design, which fuses together high-end materials in a masterpiece of miniature engineering. The hand-wound Wyler Genève tourbillon calibre WT001 is housed in a titanium case, which is in turn framed in a lightweight but ultra-strong carbon fibre resin construction that acts as the case middle. Titanium screws cushioned by tiny springs are then used to fix the bezel and case-back to the carbon fibre frame in a sandwich-type design that leaves the movement suspended within the watch.

The second level of protection is provided by a crown lock that is unique in the world of watchmaking. Unlike most other forms of crown protection, the patented Wyler Genève design is fixed to the case on either side of the crown and must be pulled out on both sides before the crown can be operated, thus offering failsafe protection for one of the watch’s most vulnerable points.The third and final level of protection is found at the heart of the Wyler Genève tourbillon movement. The flying tourbillon visible through an aperture on the dial at 6 o’clock is attached to aluminium bridges on two shockabsorbing springs to offer additional shock protection. This design, which is exclusive to Wyler Genève, leaves the tourbillon itself suspended within the already suspended movement as it rotates on its own axis, performing one full revolution every 60 seconds to compensate for the effects of gravity on the mechanism.

The tourbillon cage is visible through an aperture on the dial at 6 o’clock, above which are two important meters that reflect the watch’s accuracy. The power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock indicates the movement’s charge relative to the 120 hours of operation available when it is fully wound. The trust index opposite at 3 o’clock indicates the amplitude of the balance wheel. When the watch is fully wound, the amplitude of the balance wheel is generally a little higher than the optimum level, before it stabilises and then drops drastically as the power reserve reaches zero. By keeping the trust index hand in the middle of the scale when winding the watch, the wearer can therefore ensure optimum accuracy without over-winding the watch.

A 24-hour GMT sub-dial with a single hour hand in the 12 o’clock position creates an elegant symmetry with the tourbillon cage. All the key features of the watch visible on the dial – the tourbillon cage, power reserve indicator, trust index and GMT dial – are surrounded by applied rings and complemented by individual applied Arabic hour numerals around the edge of the dial and the individually applied letters of the Wyler name. The individual limitededition number of the watch is also featured on the dial, making it unique. Anti-reflective coated scratch-resistant sapphire crystals on the front and back of the case give an unblemished view of the dial and the distinctive tourbillon movement through the case back.

The Wyler Genève Tourbillon is available in titanium, 18-carat red gold or platinum with a natural rubber strap personalised with the signature Wyler pattern. The rubber strap is fixed directly to the carbon fibre case middle by means of separate screws that pass through the back of the case, whilst titanium screws and a titanium pin are used to fix the matching buckle to the end of the strap. The crown, in the same metal as the case, is also covered in grooved natural rubber and resembles a Formula 1 car tyre.

Water resistance guaranteed to 50 metres adds the final touch of resistance to the Wyler Genève Tourbillon, which is available as a limited edition of only 24 pieces, split equally between the three metals available. Its unique design, outstanding features and highly limited production make it an instant classic.



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