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PP claims that the lubricants of the tourbillon movement would evaporate if exposed to UV light, and as a result, the tourbillon would not be doing its job of rate accuracy; hence their decision not to expose the tourbillon movement on the dial side.

1) Given this logic, do VC tourbillons actually do the job - improve the rate accuracy of the watch? Because VC exposes its tourbillon on the dial side.

2) Also, PP provides all of their tourbillons with a COSC certificate? Is this just a marketing gimmick or a sound decision? And is this something VC is also considering for its future tourbillons? 

Not convinced
04/30/2007 - 21:48

about PP's claim. Well yes if you put the open movement to UV lights all day long then your oils may dry but that means that you need to wear a short sleeves while wearing your watch and keep your arm in a way for the watch to be exposed to UV rays during the whole day which is pushing it a bit too far. Furthermore this is also valid (and even more) for skeleton watches but I have yet to hear about oils drying up so I'm not totally convinced about the reasoning.

To answer your other questions:

1) I'm not totally sure that tourbillons actually improve the accuracy of a watch, according to FP Journe putting a tourbillon in a watch is like breaking one's leg before a race. Tourbillons were originally created to even out the effects of gravity in pocket watches which were only kept in one position. This no longer applies to wrist watches and tourbillons actually may have a negative effect on accuracy which explains the great difficulty in regulating a tourbillon wrist watch and what can set apart a tourbillon from a leser brand and a Tourbillon from lets say VC

2) I'm personnaly not a fan of COSC for modern watches where techniques enable watches to perform at COSC standards or even better and my understanding is that VC tourbillons have a rate accuracy well within COSC standards. I'm not aware of future plans of getting COSC certificates for their tourbillons.

All this to say that even though tourbillons have absolutely no real necessity in wrist watches they demonstrate the technical savoir faire of the few brands who can actually make and regulate one properly.

counterpoints on tourbillons
04/30/2007 - 22:11

In Volume 8 of Revolution Magazine (Singapore dition) there is an excellent article on the purposes of a tourbillon. certain industry giants were asked to give their opinion on the question to yes or no are tourbillons better timekeepers and here are some answers

For Journe and Dufour a tourbillon does not better accuracy of the watch (but doesn't mean it makes the watch less accurate) but for Jean-Pierre Mussy of Pp and Giulio Papi if well regulated a toourbillon can be a better timekeeper.

All however underline the difficulty of regulation and the true skills required.

Thanks for this response...
05/01/2007 - 09:14

...I get your point that it is the achievement of the brand/watchmaker in regulating a tourbillon, rather than the actual rate accuracy.

For me, the VC Malte Tourbillon is one of the most beautiful watches, especially the version in gold, and the openworking versions, without diamonds.

Could this be the most desirable tourbillon? The special boutique
05/01/2007 - 11:22

edition Malte Tourbillon in steel. Made in 10 pieces in 2006 and sold like hotcakes!!

05/01/2007 - 14:29

...did you buy one ?

Happy "fête du travail" !


I wish!! Happy labor day to you too :-) (nt)
05/01/2007 - 16:24


Its beautiful, but somehow I find the...
05/02/2007 - 11:20

...YG version simply mesmerising. Even the openworked versions (without diamonds) are simply in a class of their own.

Somehow I am not a fan of diamonds on this model.

Does anyone have any in the flesh pictures of the Malte Tourbillon?

I think you may be mistaken since the Malte Tourbillon exists only
05/02/2007 - 12:01

in rose gold, platinum and the limited steel edition

Here's an in the flesh photo of the platinum model (scan courtesy of Thomas Mao)

My mistake...I was referring to the Rose Gold...
05/03/2007 - 07:54

...version. Does anyone have live pictures of the openworked versions? 

some scans
05/03/2007 - 13:03

not in the flesh but from press kit

Beautiful tourbillon
05/04/2007 - 05:52

I must say that VC produces the best skeleton tourbillon.



I agree and I also love the big size of the tourbillon cage (nt)
05/04/2007 - 13:58


Thanks Alex...
05/07/2007 - 10:24

...Beautiful watch.

Is the VC Malte Tourbillon an in-house movement?

Yes caliber 1790 is inhouse and was infact VC's first manufacture
05/07/2007 - 11:51