The Gagarin Tourbillon Watch

In order to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight by a cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin, watchmaker Bernhard Lederer produces a watch called ‘The Gagarin Tourbillon Watch’

It features a 60 seconds flying tourbillon, rotating counter clockwise along the inner face of the watch, achieving a full rotation every 108 minutes, the duration of the space flight. The inner face is also engraved with the relative geolocation of the Vostok chronologically. Tourbillon is used to counter the effect of gravity on the inner workings of the watch in high-end watches.

On the morning of 12 April 1961, a 27-year-old Russian cosmonaut by the name of Yuri Gagarin walked out to the Vostok-1 rocket and was strapped into the pressurised capsule on its nose.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMCc9KBZmCM

one does not need to be a watchmaker to appreciate the complexity of this watch.

Source: ABlogToRead via Crunchgear

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