Bernhard Lederer’s Gagarin Tourbillon

Today, April 12th 2011 at 06:17 hours GMT, it’s exactly 50 years ago that Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

Yuri Gagarin

Rocketed from Tyuratam in the Kazakhstan desert, now known as the Baikonur Cosmodrome, it just took him 108 minutes to circle the earth and land safely near Engels in the Saratov region of Russia. For the first time, man had left our planet and returned. History was made.

Gagarin Tourbillon

To commemorate this important historic event, the German born Bernhard Lederer constructed the Gagarin Tourbillon. The Gagarin Tourbillon features a 60-second orbital flying tourbillon that rotates counterclockwise (symbolizing east) 360° around the dial in 108 minutes, which is the time Gagarin took to orbit the earth in the Vostok capsule.

Gagarin Tourbillon

The tourbillon appears to be suspended by a sweeping bridge inspired by the large 25 m (82 ft) commemorative statue at Gagarin’s landing site near Engels. The tourbillons case is formed by the word “VOSTOK” spelt vertically and curved around its perimeter.

Gagarin Tourbillon

An integrated rotating magnifying glass allows appreciation of details on the dial. Looking through the loupe to the dial is reminiscent of looking out of the Vostok space capsule towards the earth.

The Gagarin Tourbillon is a limited edition of 50 pieces in platinum. To find out more about this extraordinary time piece, please visit www.thegagarintourbillon.com.

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