tour·​bil·​lion | \ tu̇r-ˈbil-yən How to pronounce tourbillion (audio) \
variants: or tourbillon \ tür-​bē-​yōⁿ How to pronounce tourbillion (audio) \

Definition of tourbillion

2 : a vortex especially of a whirlwind or whirlpool

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Recent Examples on the Web The physical examples will run on the watchmaker’s manual winding JCAM19 movement and feature a flying tourbillion. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2022 Like the other three series models, this Twin Turbo Furious uses the JCFM05 manual-winding tourbillion movement, made up of 832 components. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Dec. 2021 That’s quite impressive for a standard tourbillion. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2022 Inside the watch’s anti-reflective case, its vital components are on display in a slightly asymmetrical arrangement, from its tourbillion between 6 and 7 o’clock and its small seconds counter between 9 and 10 o’clock. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, the red gold alternative is primarily meant to offer a more conventional setting for the tourbillion, according to the watchmaker. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2021 Each addition sports a 45 mm case and the Tourbillion 8 Jours series’s signature floating tourbillion at 12 o’clock. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 8 Dec. 2021 On Wednesday, the Swiss watchmaker unveiled two new tourbillion watches that capture all seven colors of the rainbow. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2021 Its barrel, gear train and tourbillion are all arranged along a north-south axis. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tourbillion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tourbillion

Anglo-French turbeillun, ultimately from Latin turbin-, turbo — more at turbine

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“Tourbillion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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