The result is the creation of a provocative watch equipped with a complex mechanism, an amazing expression of an inventive spirit and an absolutely new watchmaking approach. The design of the C1 Tourbillon Gravity was created by Blade Design that managed to present the engineering of the watch in a totally unexpected and daring way.
The first surprise is the independent tourbillon placed alongside the body of the watch. The tourbillon seems to be released from the mechanism. Fitted external to both the dial and the case, the tourbillon allows more free space inside the watch, so watchmakers are able to create other complications. The tourbillon is linked to the rest of the mechanism by a perpendicular pinion. The tourbillon carriage produces a powerful visual effect, being housed in a crankcase laterally screwed to the case.
The vertical device is instantly visible on the wrist. The upper and lower bridges of the tourbillon carriage are produced from aluminum-lithium, a unique high-tech material widely applied in the aerospace industry. Aluminum-lithium is characterized by remarkable resistance and exceptional longevity. The alloy is anti-corrosive and anti-magnetic. Moreover, it offers the best compromise between sturdiness and lightness.
A slim black aluminum strip with the engraved seconds numerals is fixed to the lower bridge of the tourbillon, having thus acquired full interdependence with the carriage spinning on its axis once a minute. The luminescent seconds are perfectly visible through an open window on the side of the tourbillon carriage. The innovative mechanism is even more surprising than the small seconds display on the C1 Chronograph.