Ever since man has walked the earth he has dreamed to fly. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin flew where even the birds could not: into space. The Gagarin Tourbillon by Bernhard Lederer both commemorates and celebrates the 50th anniversary of this historic event.
The Gagarin Tourbillon features a 60-second flying tourbillon that rotates counter clockwise around the dial counter in 108 minutes.
An integrated rotating magnifying glass allows appreciation of details on the dial.
Looking through the loupe to the dial is reminiscent of looking out of the Vostok space capsule towards the earth.
The finely hand finished mechanical movement was entirely developed and produced by Bernhard Lederer in Switzerland.
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.
At 06:07 UTC (09:07 Moscow time) the rocket lifted off and just 10 minutes later the final booster rocket burnt out and fell away.
Now floating weightless, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Just over a hour later, retrorockets fired to slow the capsule down for reentry into the earth’s atmosphere.
At an altitude of 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) Gagarin parachuted out of his re-entry module and 10 minutes later landed safely. In just 108 minutes after take-off Gagarin had made a full orbit of the earth. For the first time, man had left our planet and returned. History was made.
The Gagarin Tourbillon features a 60-second flying orbital tourbillon that rotates counterclockwise (symbolising east) 360° around the dial in 108 minutes, which is the time Gagarin took to orbit the earth in the Vostok capsule.
The tourbillon appears suspended by a sweeping bridge inspired by the large 25 m (82 ft) commemorative statue at Gagarin’s landing site near Engels.
The tourbillon cage is formed by the word “VOSTOK” spelt vertically and curved around its perimeter.
Case and Magnifying Glass
The case of the Gagarin Tourbillon is in high grade 950 platinum and incorporates an integrated rotating magnifying glass that allows more detailed appreciation of the tourbillon and details on the dial.
The magnifying glass is locked in place by a catch inspired by a hatch on the Vostok capsule.
The finely hand finished mechanical movement of the Gagarin Tourbillon is manual winding with three mainspring barrels providing a power reserve of approximately 80 hours.
The complex movement with 264 components and 35 jewels was entirely designed, developed and manufactured by Berhnard Lederer in Switzerland.
The Gagarin Tourbillon is a limited edition of 50 pieces in platinum featuring a unique flying tourbillon. Unique 60-second tourbillon orbiting the dial counter clockwise in 108 minutes; hour and minutes; manual winding mechanical movement.
Movement – Mechanical manual winding movement developed and produced by Bernhard Lederer in Switzerland. Tourbillon cage – Forming the word “VOSTOK”. Dimensions 38 mm x 11.5 mm. Balance frequency 28, 800 bph/4 Hz. No. of components 264. No. of jewels 35. No. of barrels 3. Power reserve – 80 hours.
Case – Featuring integrated rotating magnifying glass. Case material – Platinum 950. Dimensions – 42 mm x 15 mm (case), 46.5 mm with magnifying glass ring.
Dial – Indications: Hours and minutes. Micro-engraved text with highlights of Yuri Gagarin’s flight.
Sapphire crystals – Sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal display.
Water-resistant – 30 meters/3 ATM.
Strap & Buckle – Black hand-stitched alligator strap with platinum tang buckle.
Source: Bernhard Lederer