The purchase of a high-end tourbillon watch can cost the buyer tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, if you have nothing against plastic, then modern 3D printing technology will come to your rescue. The watchmaker Nicholas Manousos has created a printed version of the famous movement and named it Tourbillon 1000%.
The tourbillon movement was invented by the watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet in 1795 and patented in 1801. The tourbillon was originally conceived for use in pocket watches, the accuracy of which was not the highest at the time. Traditionally, tourbillons are made in such a way that the owner can see the entire movement of the watch in action.
The plastic model of the watch was the result of three years of work, but despite such a period, the Tourbillon 1000% cannot claim too high accuracy. As the inventor himself says, he only wanted to more clearly show the action of this ingenious and beautiful mechanism.
The Tourbillon 1000% was manufactured with a Delta Kinematics Robot at 200 microns and made from layers of polylactic acid additives. The only parts of the movement that were not printed are the bearings, because experiments have shown that printed polymer bearings are not very suitable for watches.