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Gagarin Tourbillon Watch Celebrates Historic First Space Flight

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This week was the 50th anniversary of Russian Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man to ever enter space and orbit the earth. To commemorate the event watch designer Bernhard Lederer has created a limited edition run of 50 platinum cased watches that have design elements that celebrate the first space flight.

The watch has a cool flying tourbillon that rotates around the face of the watch in a counterclockwise emotion every 108 minutes. That 108 number is how long the Gagarin’s first orbit lasted. The bridge that holds the tourbillon is designed to look like the statue at Gagarin’s landing site celebrating the momentous flight.

The watch has a mechanism that can store 80 hours of power with a wind. The case is platinum 950, it has a sapphire crystal, engraved with text of things said during the first flight. The first of these watches will be auctioned off on April 12 at Sotheby’s in New York. You can see more detailed photos of the watch here.

[via Born Rich]