Anyone who has had a chance to observe a tourbillon in motion is amazed by the mesmerising beauty of the gently revolving carriage containing all parts of the escapement. The intricacies of this complication make it one of the greatest horological challenges of all, which has consistently inspired watchmakers to display the depths of their knowledge and expertise.
Those acquainted with the finer points of watchmaking history will recall that the tourbillon was first developed by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801, and was designed to eliminate errors of rate due to the effect of gravity when the watch was placed in a vertical position.
“I see it as the most symbolic interpretation of watchmaking. It allows my imagination to travel towards new horizons and to view time in an entirely different light”.
In our day, the original, practical purpose of the tourbillon is surpassed by the prestige that it has acquired due to its sheer ingenuity, complexity and aesthetic appeal. Antoine Preziuso, could not resist the chance to create his own variation on a theme that is already two hundred years young.
Although the fundamental conception of the tourbillon is classic, it also provides opportunity for personalisation according to the creative inspiration of each watchmaker, and Antoine Preziuso Genève has naturally given it some signature touches.
On Tourbillon Baroque, the rounded case in polished white gold is provided with a movement decorated with engravings made in low relief entirely by hand and reproducing barocco motifs, just like its case and buckle.
The power of Nature and the hand of Man have combined to create the Stella Polare, a feminine watch signed ANTOINE PREZIUSO GENÈVE. With its case cut from the heart of a meteorite, and its tourbillon and movement entirely decorated by hand, the Stella Polare transcends the traditional codes of luxury watchmaking.
Antoine Preziuso has let space forge the case of the Stella Polare – cut from a meteorite that fell to Earth north of the Arctic Circle over 100,000 years ago. This extraordinary context sees Antoine Preziuso give free rein to his talent as a watchmaker, with a movement and tourbillon decorated in minute detail. Hand-engraved stars on the bridges form a bas-relief set off against a background dotted with tiny craters, like the surface of a celestial sphere.
B-side offers a fascinating journey throughout space and time.
This avant-garde concept allowed by not less than 16000 hours of research and development is manufactured in titanium.
Discovered in 1791, the titanium is a ultralight high mechanical strength metal. It is one of the most biocompatible material, with the gold and platinum.
Because of the quality of its composition, it is increasingly used in industry and in particular the automotive industry, as well as geothermal and biomedical technology.
As for “The star of the show” Antoine Preziuso uses a tourbillon movement fully decorated and engraved by hand, in a limited series. Each movement will be a unique interpretation, and an automatic version is in preparation as well.
In our day, the original, practical purpose of the tourbillon is surpassed by the prestige that it has acquired due to its sheer ingenuity, complexity and aesthetic appeal.
Antoine Preziuso, could not resist the chance to create his own variation on a theme that is already two hundred years young.
Since 2002 already, The art of Tourbillon is proposed many unique variations.
the “Art of Tourbillon” collection, which has become one of the brand’s icons, is equipped with a Swiss tourbillon movement, cal APG / 28T,
which each of its révolutions, only takes a minute, offering 110 hours of power reserve.
Remaining true to the spirit of that High Horology who used to combine the talents of the very best craftsmen, each component of the movement is fully engraved by hand which makes each piece a unique work.
The dimensions of the shaped case – reaching 42/42 mm with a height of 12 mm – fit perfectly into the rules of proportion which is to designing modern aesthetics.