Horage may not be your household brand, but it is a name that’s getting noticed in the watch industry. In 2014, after seven years of painstaking development, Horage and its affiliated companies presented an automatic K1 movement, a contemporary, versatile, and aesthetically appealing calibre with a silicon escapement and a 65-hour power reserve. Soon after, they introduced the K2 micro-rotor movement. Yet, it’s their move to the tourbillon regulator that has been the turning point. And it’s entering its second phase now with the Horage Tourbillon 2.
In 2020, Horage created a small storm by introducing its Tourbillon 1, known as one of the most affordable Swiss-made tourbillon watches. This achievement was all the more impressive considering it was initially intended to be a collaborative effort with La Joux-Perret but was developed in-house in record time. The resulting K-TOU tourbillon-equipped movement is COSC-certified, boasts a remarkable 120-hour power reserve, and features a silicon escapement. It was presented in an openworked case and made available to 260 customers, with pre-order prices starting at CHF 7,490. Building on this success, Horage introduced the Lensman 1 and Lensman 1.1 watches, inspired by photography and incorporating a tourbillon.
Today, Horage presents Tourbillon 2, a project influenced by the brand’s vibrant community. This venture seeks to showcase the K-TOU calibre in a different and distinctive light, with various dials, materials, and attractive pricing.
The new Horage Tourbillon 2 maintains a familiar 41mm diameter case; those who acquired the first edition will quickly recognise its shape, design features, and polishes. This time, it’s offered in 904L stainless steel, 18k 3N yellow gold, and 18k white gold. The showcased Tourbillon 2 boasts Grand Feu enamel dials for the precious metal cases, while the steel version features the original blue dial adorned with a unique pattern.
The Grand Feu dial of the Tourbillon 2 presents an almost flawlessly uniform white surface, producing a striking contrast with the blued hands and the black Arabic numerals in a distinctive font. Adjacent to the hour indices, you’ll notice tiny symbols that might be mistaken for unusual zodiac signs. However, these symbols depict silicon components as a subtle nod to the advanced technology within the calibre. At the 2 o’clock position, the power reserve indicator stands ready to remind you when it’s time for a winding session. This indicator ensures timely winding and underscores this timepiece’s impressive 5-day continuous running capacity.
The titanium-caged tourbillon is elegantly presented at the base of the dial, encircled by a railway-like ring that facilitates time tracking. This 60-second tourbillon completes a full 360-degree rotation and incorporates a blued screw serving as a seconds indicator. Just beneath the tourbillon window, in a position traditionally reserved for the “Swiss Made” designation, the city of Horage’s location, Biel/Bienne, is proudly printed, as if to reinforce the wearer’s connection to the birthplace of the Tourbillon 2. The white and yellow gold versions of the Tourbillon 2 are offered on a black patterned salmon skin leather strap closed with either a matching gold or stainless steel and micro-fibre carbon composite clasp with a 7mm micro-adjustment system.
Moving to the steel Tourbillon 2, its blue dial retains the same layout but with a distinct colour palette. White markings stand out against the rich blue background, and the hands are polished steel. Inspired by the Book of Durrow‘s wavy pattern, an illuminated manuscript dating back to circa 700, the dial’s decoration adds an intriguing element. This version accentuates the watch’s alternating brushed and polished surfaces, paired with a stainless steel bracelet with the butterfly clasp. It imparts a solid contemporary look with a hint of sportiness, supported by its 100m water resistance. A stainless steel version with the Grand Feu enamel dial is available, and the blue Livre de Durrow dial is also offered with gold-cased references.
All variants of the new Horage Tourbillon 2 rely on the K-TOU movement (enhanced with a power reserve complication) for precise timekeeping that meets chronometer standards of -4/+6 seconds per day. This efficient calibre has a 5-day power reserve from a single barrel, operates at 25,200 vibrations/hour (3.5Hz frequency), and features a remarkably lightweight titanium tourbillon cage weighing just 0.29 grams. The sapphire caseback provides an expansive view of the movement, showcasing Horage’s signature grid structure with a black PVD treatment and brushing. Beyond the power reserve indication and refinements to specific components, the updated version of the K-TOU tourbillon calibre incorporates a silicon mainspring, pallet fork, and escape wheel. In contrast, the earlier Tourbillon 1 models utilised components with conventional mainsprings, lacking the advanced properties of silicon.
True to Horage’s tradition, the upcoming Tourbillon 2 models will be available through a pre-order campaign starting on October 10th and lasting 7 days, featuring price points that reflect a very reasonable markup for using precious metals. Once this brief window concludes, anticipate an additional CHF 2,000 for any chosen model. The pre-order prices for the Tourbillon 2 commence at CHF 8,990 for the Livre de Durrow blue dial and 904L steel case with a bracelet. At the pinnacle of the series, the white gold Grand Feu enamel dial version, adorned with a gold clasp, commands a price of CHF 20,470. For more information about Horage or to secure your order, please visit www.horage.com.