Rare Italian Tourbillon Skeleton Clock By Carlo Croce
The only one of its kind in the world, this remarkable skeleton clock features a marvel of engineering achievement and one of the most highly sought-after complications in luxury timepieces: the tourbillon. Tourbillon is taken from the French word for whirlwind, and this clock’s hypnotic oscillation embodies the name perfectly.
The invention of famed watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet in the 1790s, the tourbillon endeavored to counteract the effects of the earth’s gravitational pull on watch movements, known as positional error. The solution was to suspend the balance wheel, balance springs, and escapement in constant oscillation within a cage, averaging out any potential errors caused by gravity when the watch rests in one position for too long. The result is a timepiece of the highest precision.
While typically implemented on a diminutive scale within pocket and wristwatches, a tourbillon isn’t necessary within a stationary timepiece. However, this remarkable complication is often difficult to view and appreciate within the small movements of watches. Italian clockmaker Carlo Croce sought to display this feat of engineering, physics, and watchmaking on a grand scale, masterfully creating not only a remarkable timepiece but the only large-scale tourbillon skeleton clock of its kind.
An 8-day movement powers this tremendous skeleton clock, which bears a full restoration and a one-year warranty.
The clock stands 17″ high by 12″ in diameter under the glass dome, and is 12″ high alone.