Bernhard Lederer Watch Celebrates 50-Year Space Travel Anniversary

By P. Joseph

Swiss watch-maker Bernhard Lederer Universe has created a timepiece to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Russian astronaut Yuvi Gagarin’s historic flight into space.

Limited to just 50 units, the Gagarin Tourbillon is inspired by the Vostok space capsule, which successfully completed its test flight into space on 25 March 1961.

The watch features a 60-second orbital flying tourbillon that rotates counterclockwise around the dial counter in 108 minutes – the same time it took Gagarin took to orbit the earth.

The tourbillon is suspended by a sweeping bridge inspired by the 25-meter commemorative statue at Gagarin’s landing site near Engels, Russia.

An integrated rotating magnifying glass allows appreciation of details on the dial, while the tourbillon boasts a mechanical manual winding movement, providing a power reserve of approximately 80 hours.

Other features include a case made out of Platinum 950, sapphire crystal display, micro-engraved text with highlights of Yuri Gagarin’s flight and a complex movement with 264 components and 35 jewels.

The watch is strapped on a black hand-stitched alligator strap with a platinum tang buckle.

By P. Joseph