Haldimann H1 Flying Central Tourbillon Piece Unique

There are just a modest bunch of watchmakers who play out their craft in the most seasoned and most customary manner, which means by hand. Beat Haldimann and his group are among the rare sorts of people who actually make watches without the assistance of CNC machines. Haldimann’s assortment of watches centers around midway situated managing organs, similar to the H11 and H12 that we showed you a year ago. Today we’re going to investigate a novel execution of Haldimann’s first wristwatch, the H1 Flying Central Tourbillon. 

I consistently thought a tourbillon ought to be a tactful complication, not obvious for other people, a mysterious delight for the proprietor of the watch being referred to. Openings in dials just didn’t appeal to me. That is until Karsten Fräßdorf asked me to ‘test’ his Caliber 360 Spirograph , a larger than usual wristwatch with a (exceptionally) huge tourbillon that is obvious through an enormous opening in the dial. Following a day on the wrist, I was changed over and adored that enormous opening in the dial organizing the huge tourbillon. I cherished it and appreciate each second I look at it. This experience made it feasible for me to properly appreciate the visual abundance of the Haldimann H1 Central Tourbillon. Presently I’m stricken by the mind boggling excellence of the tremendous halfway situated tourbillon that is done flawlessly by Beat Haldimann.

Beat Haldimann presented the H1 Flying Central Tourbillon in 2002. Despite the fact that Haldimann’s H1 Flying Central Tourbillon was not the principal wristwatch to introduce its managing organ at the focal point of the dial (Omega was first, effectively in 1947 with an irregular, and later starting at 1994 with typical creation models), it went to the market at the privilege time.

At that time, just 16 years prior, the market for top of the line watches was totally different from today. Tourbillon watches, as other complicated mechanical watches, were gradually acquiring interest. After the overwhelming punch that the appearance of quartz innovation caused to the business, the interest for mechanical watches was low during the last part of the 1970s and 1980s and gradually began acquiring interest in the 1990s. In the years until the 2008 monetary emergency, tourbillon watches and other exceptionally complicated watches have become more popular than ever before.

The Haldimann H1 Flying Central Tourbillon

It’s difficult to overlook that enormous tourbillon, as it gets the all important focal point in Beat Haldimann’s striking creation. The tourbillon itself has a measurement of 17.8 mm; it would effectively befit a huge pocket watch. Positioned straightforwardly under the tourbillon is a larger than average equilibrium wheel measuring 14.5mm in breadth. The whole carriage outline, upheld by metal balls, gauges no under 31.58mm in distance across.

The tourbillon confine, formed like a lyre, is made in tempered steel and wrapped up by hand. Since the actual pen is somewhat delicate, the hand completing must be finished by an exceptionally experienced watchmaker as a smidgen of pressing factor would as of now change its shape.

With its focal position, the tourbillon likewise fills in as a focal seconds hand. The hour and moment hands are decorated with a splendid cut jewel, floating over the matte dark dial. As a rule, watchmakers (and brands) attempt and save hands as light as feasible for insignificant mileage and less erosion in the cog wheels that drive the hands. The precious stones, near the tip of both the hour and moment hand surely add some brightness to the watch and improve clarity, notwithstanding, they are additionally an additional test for the watchmaker.

The hands just float over the external perimeter, and I get it’s implied that the more limited hand shows the hours, while the long hand demonstrates the minutes.

The flying tourbillon’s curiously large equilibrium wheel has an enormous rotational idleness and swings at a recurrence of 18,000 vibrations for each hour. It’s imperative to take note of that a flying tourbillon requires more energy than a tourbillon with an extension, not to mention a regular managing organ. Haldimann’s H1 is outfitted with a clever triple barrel component to drive the development. The two evenly restricted barrels (see photograph above) are associated, by gear trains, to one or the other side of the fourth pinion that ascents through the focal point of the tourbillon; this adjust the horizontal powers. The third barrel, situated inverse the crown, controls the hands.

This development of three barrels – two to drive the tourbillon and one to drive the hands – is, obviously, associated by means of a grip. The force conveyed to the stuff trains is entirely steady and that guarantees upgraded inertia.

The three barrels are snailed and the movement’s full plate is iced. Engraved into the iced plate is Haldimann’s name and logo, “Flying Central Tourbillon” and the calibre’s name H-ZEN-A.


Haldimann isn’t your normal autonomous watchmaker. He and his group have a solid spotlight on conventional watchmaking, there’s a complete shortfall of CNC machines, and all development parts are carefully assembled and hand-wrapped up. There are just a modest bunch of watchmakers ready to work along these lines, and proficient and gifted enough to really make their watches in a particularly customary manner.

All Haldimann’s wristwatches include a focal controlling organ, regardless of whether it be a flying focal tourbillon, a flying twofold focal escapement (Flying Resonance) drifting over the dial, or the ‘simple’ focal directing organ of H11 and H12 . This remarkable methodology and the unmistakable style of case, hands, and hour producers set Haldimann’s observes separated. Everything is basically magnificent, the completing, the extents, and notwithstanding the overflowing midway situated huge tourbillon, the style actually feels rather discreet.

The Haldimann H1 feels truly comfortable on the wrist and this is in huge part because of its size, estimating 39mm in width and 10mm in tallness. Because of the restrained dull dark dial with totally dark Roman numerals the focal flying tourbillon stands out enough to be noticed, yet as we referenced, it’s not pompous or over-the-top. In some odd manner, it actually looks kind of relaxed and watchful. For comparison, the enormous tourbillon in my Montres-KF Spirograph , which isn’t raised over the dial and doesn’t become the overwhelming focus, pulls in more consideration. Beat Haldimann worked really hard, not just in the immaculate execution, the striking completing yet in addition in figuring out how to keep things moderate notwithstanding complexity. Bravo!

More data through www.haldimann.swiss .