Pentourbillon

This timekeeper combines a clock with a double flying, three-minute tourbillon. It is powered by a driving-weight and has a seconds pendulum, while the extra-long hands keep precision time. All the axes are mounted on tiny ball and jewel bearings. The three-minute tourbillon is clearly visible in the left-hand circle, and functions independently of time-telling. The tourbillon’s rotation time is irrelevant here, the main purpose being to illustrate the magic of the tourbillon. The tourbillon carriage is adorned with a symbolic representation of night (a lapis lazuli moon) and one of day (an amber bead for the sun). The petals of the flower in the background open mechanically during the day and close at night. The timepiece is a philosophical interpretation of cyclical and linear time.