A fine tourbillon has a way of putting a watch on an ivory pedestal. Even though the device (conceived of back in the late 1700s) is not really a necessity in watchmaking today, lots of companies are keen on including them in their designs—the metaphorical approximation being whipping it out and laying it on the table. Originally some parts housed in a rotating wheel that keep gravity from fucking up a watch’s flow, the tourbillion in the TAG Heuer MikrotourbillonS is made to sing for its fancy supper.
“[The watch will] set the stage for the first-ever dual-certifiable chronograph,” Guy Sémon, VP of Sciences and Engineering, says. Sure sounds impressive. As do claims that this is both the world’s fastest tourbillon and the first ever on a “1/100th of a second chronograph that can be started and stopped.” All fine and well, but the bulk of the allure must boil down to looks, and this thing resembles a damn ninja’s brain.