I once heard about a man who swapped a watch for a car. It sounds ridiculous until you realize that it was a vintage tourbillon, the "Holy Grail of mechanical movements." If you ask me, the guy who ended up with the watch got the sweeter deal. Compared to the rarity and prestige of that timepiece, fine Italian sports cars are a dime a dozen. After all, the tourbillon is a movement so complex it counters the effects of gravity. Other companies sell similar watches for as much as $200,000, but the Stauer Rotero can be yours for 99% less!
The tourbillon (French for "whirlwind") was invented in 1795 and remains the crowning achievement for any luxury watch company. Only a handful of the world’s finest watchmakers make tourbillons— most don’t even try. This 28-jewel automatic tourbillon features an elegant antique-styled face with Roman numerals and two additional complications—day of the week and date—beneath scratch-resistant Cotswold™ Crystal. The balance wheel and escapement are encased in a rotating cage, visible through a window at 6 o’clock. The coin-edged stainless steel case shimmers with goldtoned details and includes an exhibition back (also protected by Cotswold Crystal) that offers a remarkable view into the 150-part precision workings of this masterpiece. Wear this watch and it’s likely someday you’ll hear the hopeful words, "Wanna trade?" We know your answer will be, "No."