Antoine Martin has had is Tourbillon Quantieme Perpetuel pre-selected for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie 2012 in the complicated watch category.
The watch features a tourbillon that revolves around its own axis once a minute and has a pallet lever, escape wheel and impulse crafted in silicium and a balance made in nickel silver.
The tourbillion has a total 65 parts and while the rotating cage has what the Antoine Martin has called a “breathtaking” diameter of 14.1 millimeters.
The tourbillon’s maker Martin Braun has also positioned it so prominently under the crystal that between the tourbillion – which also serves as a small seconds – and the crystal, there is just enough space to accommodate a slim minute hand. It is said that Braun has to work on a number of modifications to achieve this.
The Swiss timepiece will travel from Hong Kong to Zurich, Shanghai and then to Geneva for the judging process, before the awards take place on November 15.
Other watches pre-selected in the complicated category include Hublot’s Antikythera , Richard Mille’s RM 031 High Performance, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Midnight Poetic Wish and Zenith’s Academy Minute Repeater.