In memory of Alfred Helwig
Alfred Helwig, teacher at the watchmaker's school in Glashütte / Sa. developed the flying tourbillon during the twenties years. Every time when from one of his highly gifted pupils a Tourbillon pulled his circles in the shell for the first time, there was a swinging ceremony (Schwingfest in German) with coffee and cake. This ceremony preserves Wilhelm Rieber in the memory of Alfred Helwig.
He inserts the tourbillon carriage in the raw work in presence of the future owner and the customer can breathe to his watch for the first time the life, while he is winding up the watch and brings therefore the tourbillon to work.
Different movements in the swinging ceremony