Inside the watch is the in-house designed and manufactured Lange caliber L082.1 automatic movement. As an automatic it has a solid gold and platinum rotor that is centrally mounted. The tourbillon is placed under double balance cocks that are hand-engraved. In terms of most high-end watches that contain tourbillon movements, this one is pretty subdued and hidden - but you know it is there and working which is the important part. The movement has a total of 624 parts.
- Curvex with sides inclined at 30° angle
- Mainplate and bridges in bead-blasted titanium
- Open-worked ratchet and wheel
- Use of precisely-shaped magnetic fields in a mechanical movement
- No mechanical connection between the indications and the movement
- Fine adjustment system for the retrograde display returnspring
Giveaway Watch 8: Swatch Touch
The Omega Central Tourbillon watches are all placed in DeVille cases (this far) and are in precious materials. From 1994 – 2010 Omega released about seven variations of the tourbillon movement. In 1997 the movement grew up a bit to become the Caliber 2600A. What really changed was the application of the automatic winding system that was now part of the movement itself. The watch designs were of course changed as well.
I really, really like what they've done with this one. It's got an aircraft look, reminiscent of Bell & Ross or Sinn, but the case shape is uniquely their own and a win for wearability. And of course the value proposition is miles ahead. The addition of outer anti-reflective coatings and museum-grade sapphire makes for an amazingly legible watch, and the case finishing is astoundingly good. This is an amazing value.
Omega won that year with its tourbillon based watch movement (which oddly enough had more in common with older pocket watch movements as opposed to more modern wrist watch movements). Like I said, a few (12) were actually put in cases and sold to customers. One of those pieces is shown here in this article. A simple looking watch, it just says “Omega Tourbillon” on the dial and rest should be up to the wearer to understand. The movement itself is nothing fancy in appearance. It is a very industrial looking movement – super accurate and with a tourbillon. It was called the Omega caliber 30I and the tourbillon made one revolution each seven and a half minutes. Seeing (and wearing) it in person was a thrill.