Flying tourbillon

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Glashütte Original Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 2
with flying tourbillon
© Glashütte Original

A flying tourbillon is a watch movement complication.

The tourbillon was invented and built by the French Abraham-Louis Breguet and patented in 1801.

The so-called "Flying Tourbillon" was invented in about 1920 by Alfred Helwig, a specialist teacher at the German Watchmaker School Glashütte. It is said to be flying because it is only supported on one side - that is, there is no top bridge, and it is only anchored at the bottom.

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