Invicta Watch Group reached a landmark in its watchmaking history in December 2011 with the launch of the Reserve Specialty Limited Edition Mechanical Tourbillon Watches. This line signified Invicta’s foray into their first mechanical models in combination with the tourbillon movement. Consisting of three timepieces of different colors, this collection is truly limited edition as each color comes in only 200 pieces.
This limited edition line is part of the Reserve collection, a completely hand-made series that tends to exhibit a pattern of round and chunky steel watches with the chronograph feature. The Reserve collection also tends to include bigger watches, and takes the title of the Invicta collection with most watches measuring 50 mm or larger in diameter. The Specialty Mechanical Tourbillon Watch follows this formula quite faithfully, with a casing of 52 mm diameter and 21 mm thickness. These types of large watches tend to aim towards the male audience, although the Reserve collection also has oversized watches for women.
The Seagull TY800 is a mechanical, Chinese-made automatic movement that powers the tourbillon, set in the case of the watch with 27 jewels. With a power reserve of about 40 hours, the mechanisms gleams with 27 jewels as it runs on 21,600 vibrations per hour. A Cote de Genève motif peeks out through the case back to adorn the Seagull TY800. These “Geneva Stripes” or Fausses Côtes are created by a special type of geometric lathe to achieve a result similar to a spirograph engraving.
Sophistication and innovation come together in the design of the Specialty Mechanical Tourbillon Watch, with a beautiful case made up of more than 48 parts. A screw-down crown and a fixed bezel emphasize the hard work put into the model’s construction, and the trademark Invicta flame-fusion crystal grips the dial of the piece. A spider-shaped decoration lies in the background, with the tourbillon cage representing its body and the metal detailing depicting its legs. The tourbillon mechanism rotates once a minute and functions as a display of seconds.
Sold at $2,715 for each lustrously colored model, the only difference between the pieces lie within the dial hue. The 1574 model shines with red gold, as does gun metal for model 1573, and blue achieves a cooler effect in model 1684. The tips of the hands for both hours and minutes gleam to ensure maximum legibility. The carefully built watch can withstand up to 500 meters of water pressure and is enclosed in a stainless steel, 31 mm wide bracelet.