Rock Stars: Haute Time’s Five Best Diamond Tourbillons
The only thing more beautiful than a tourbillon is a tourbillon set with diamonds – the light show from a surface of diamonds combined with the dance of the tourbillon is surely watchmaking’s greatest performance. Aside from that, the intriguing thing about these diamond-set tourbillons is that they are for men, despite being fully set with diamonds. Diamonds are usually associated with ladies’ watches, particularly when they cover every surface of a watch, but when set into a tourbillon, the look becomes unisex, mainly because the case is usually so big. Yet, I would certainly not hesitate to wear any one of these watches, partly because they are big. Men’s? Ladies’? You decide, but I think diamonds are everyone’s best friend.
Hublot Classic Fusion Squelette: The movement, case, bracelet and dial of this watch are set with 1,185 baguette-cut diamonds, totaling about 40 carats. With a hand-wound tourbillon movement. Limited to eight pieces.
Ulysse Nardin Royal Ruby Tourbillon: The bridge and mainplate are made of synthetic ruby. Set with a total of 3.27 carats of diamonds. Hand wound tourbillon, limited to 99 pieces.
Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon: This large (20mm) tourbillon is powered by four mainspring barrels There are 280 diamonds (1.85 carats) on the dial and the case has 532 diamonds (10.56 carats).
Graff MasterGraff Double Tourbillon GMT: This watch is set mosaic style, using over 20 different diamond shapes. The 643 diamonds total 47 carats. Hand wound tourbillon, limited to 30 pieces.
Ocean Tourbillon Big Date: Set with 62 baguette cut diamonds. Manual wound tourbillon with big date on dial and power reserve indicator on caseback. Hand wound, limited to five pieces.