DELMA is delighted to unveil the 1924 Tourbillon, created to honor our centenary. This intricate timepiece represents a milestone in our chronological history as well as a peak in our commitment to quality and Swiss Made craftsmanship.
The 100-year anniversary DELMA 1924 Tourbillon is a preeminent example of experience and commitment to enduring quality and design. All DELMA timepieces are imbued with strength and refinement. These characteristics were evident in 1924, and they remain inherent in today’s watches.
For the centenary timepiece DELMA sought something special, a 100 % Swiss proprietary movement encompassing our own design ideas. Furthermore, the DELMA 1924 Tourbillon, appropriately limited to 100 pieces had to be a postdated classic, imbued with the brand’s DNA and respectful of DELMA’s rich heritage. DELMA designed the Caliber DT100.01 drawing on the development and engineering expertise of Olivier Mory of BCP Tourbillons while several specialist firms from the region assisted in procurement of the components for the 100% Swiss Made movement.
The gravity defying tourbillon positions the escapement and regulating organ within a cage that revolves 360° every 60 seconds. It sits at the heart of the hand-wound movement with a prodigious power reserve of 105 hours. Unlike most watches, which feature an index-regulated balance, the DELMA 1924 Tourbillon is equipped with a variable-inertia balance, delivering superior precision. The balance is fitted with a shock absorption system and the movement is shock-protected up to 5000 G. In addition, the Caliber DT100.01 comprises non-magnetic components such as the alloy hairspring and Glucydur balance wheel, hence it can withstand magnetic fields up to 2000 gauss.
Consistent with fine watchmaking, the movement is beautifully decorated. The baseplate is adorned with perlage, while the bridges, visible via the exhibition caseback, are embellished with Côtes de Genève and golden text. A sprinkling of blue screws subscribes to horological tradition, while the movement is ruthenium-treated and dressed in a contemporary dark gray finish.
The sable black dial is rich in nuanced detail, notably legible, and affords sight of the captivating tourbillon. The hour and minute hands are palladium, nickel-plated, and lined with white Super-LumiNova® BGW9. They are teamed with matching applied hour markers to provide a harmonious look. The 41 mm case is formed of 316L stainless steel. All surfaces of the case are brushed aside from the highly polished beveled edges spanning the top and sides of the case. The crown nestles between the shoulders of a crown protector and is equipped with an attractive grip that facilitates easy manipulation.
Fitted with a stainless-steel bracelet featuring a deployant clasp, the DELMA 1924 Tourbillon is supplied in a sumptuous presentation box containing an additional black Italian leather strap. Quick-release spring bars allow the wearer to switch to the strap, or vice-versa, without requiring the use of tools.
Irrespective of whether the watch is worn on a bracelet or strap, it always looks eminently handsome. Its luxurious housing, endowed with various subtle touches, sits in concert with the adjacent display. With the 1924 Tourbillon DELMA celebrates 100 years of history and looks ahead to a bright future of independent Swiss watchmaking.
Often the preserve of Haute Horlogerie, the complexity of the tourbillon is usually reflected with commensurate pricing. However, DELMA has always valued a high-quality price-ratio and the Tourbillion makes no sacrifices.
Pre-orders from January 16th - March 16th 2024 or while supplies last for the exclusive price of CHF 8,900 / USD 9,900. Deliveries and availability at select DELMA retailers begin April 2024 at CHF 12,500 / USD 13,900.