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Think you know your tourbillon? Think again. A macro lens provides all the insight and scope into the flawless complexity of haute horlogerie.

It wouldn’t be wholly fantastical to believe that the machinery of the modern age would accelerate today’s watchmaking industry, but with hundreds (if not thousands) of components going into every single piece, the whole process is still painstakingly delicate. Put your favourite brands under the microscope with one incredible close-up.

Hublot’s Classic Titanium Automatic Tourbillon is definitely a product of new school thinking – “less is more”. Science fiction meets NASA-spec materials in this dazzling timepiece and a truckload of skill and plain chutzpah is more than apparent. Price: £66,700

Masters of the trade Jaeger-LeCoultre live up to their namesake with the Master Grande Tourbillon Traditionnelle. Elegant, classic and yet still totally relevant to the watch wearer of today. Price: £94,500

Parmigiani’s Tonneau Minute Repeater exhibits just how extreme complications can be with a chiming minute repeater in a thoroughly masculine caseback. Without a doubt that modern watchmaker’s watchmaker. Price: £291,892.

The Pulsion Skeleton of Roger Dubuis places age-old craftsmanship within a Blade Runner-worthy setting. Each component is readily on display to showcase the expertise of the Poincon de Geneve. Price: £117,500

Vacheron Constantin are known for incomparable craftsmanship and the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar utterly exemplifies this reputation. No trace of machining can be seen on any part and hand-polished sink holes, striped bridge surfaces, angled edges and a visible caseback make this the creme de la creme of tourbillons. Price: £58,900

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