Gagarin Tourbillon celebrates the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight
If Yuvi Gagarin would have been alive, this is the watch he would have loved to don on his wrist, the Gagarin Tourbillon by Bernhard Lederer, designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Russian astronaut’s historic flight into space. The ultra limited edition wristwatch is inspired by the Vostok space capsule, which successfully completed its test flight into space on March 25 1961, and will be auctioned off on April 12 itself at Sotheby’s in New York. The watch also features a 60-second orbital flying tourbillon that rotates counterclockwise around the dial counter in 108 minutes, to match the time Gagarin took to orbit the earth in the Vostok capsule. in true orbital style.
The tourbillon is suspended by a sweeping bridge inspired by the 25-meter commemorative statue at Gagarin’s landing site near Engels, Russia. An integrated rotating magnifying glass allows appreciation of details on the dial. The tourbillon boasts a mechanical manual winding movement entirely developed and produced by Bernhard Lederer in Switzerland, providing a power reserve of approximately 80 hours. Other fine specs include, a case made out of Platinum 950, sapphire crystal display, micro-engraved text with highlights of Yuri Gagarin’s flight and a complex movement with 264 components and 35 jewels. The watch is strapped on black hand-stitched alligator strap with platinum tang buckle. The Gagarin Tourbillon is made available in a limited edition of 50 pieces in platinum.