Many people are familiar with the feeling of dread as they realize their watches are off, whether it's by a few minutes or an hour or more. Imagine, then, what timekeeping must have been like before the invention of the quartz watch, or even before the tourbillon in the days of mechanical watches. It was meant to improve the accuracy of antique mechanical watches, and protected the components within a watch that can be damaged by gravity. The escapement and balance wheel within a mechanical watch mounted onto a tourbillion cage. This mechanism constantly rotated to counteract the effects of gravity on those components. Although it's not used frequently, the tourbillon is still a component in some modern watches, often for the sake of novelty. Sellers on eBay offer a variety of new and vintage mechanical watches, so you can find one that suits your style. Options include a tourbillon pocket watch, or a precisely engineered Swiss tourbillon watch. Vintage watches with this component are highly prized by collectors for their craftsmanship. With a one of these mechanical watches, you can have an accurate timepiece with style and gravitas, without being weighed down by the effects of gravity.