December 14, 2008

Rarest watch

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The rarest watch in the world is the Tormijooksuga. It is reputed to have been constructed only five times.

Made by Estonian watchmaker Urmo Aava, the Tormijooksuga has been rumoured to have been owned by Leonid Brezhnev, Henry Kissinger and three private collectors.

Adding to the history of grand complication watches, the Tormijooksuga not only had a tourbillon to compensate for the earth’s gravity, but rare earth magnets and twin gyroscopes to deal with the coriolis effect, which deals with the rotation of moving spheres. In other words, it’s why the loo flushes the other way in Australia.

No example of the watch is currently known to exist.