Antoine Preziuso : Genève

Tourbillon des tourbillons
Case : steel, 18K gold and titanium, adjustable lugs, case middle with 8 lateral pillars, sapphire back, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 45mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound (Antoine Preziuso Caliber TTR-3X, 38h power reserve), twin barrels, three planetary satellite tourbillons on a patented rotating plate (platform), 3Hz frequency optimised by resonance, hand-crafted Haute Horlogerie finishes Functions : hours, minutes, triple tourbillon Strap : hand-sewn full-grain crocodile leather, titanium folding clasp

After several years of keeping a deliberately low profile, Antoine Preziuso welcomed GMT to the Geneva farmhouse that has been transformed into a workshop and radiates a distinct sense of regional authenticity and firm ancestral foundations. Feet firmly planted on the Burgundy stones and their gaze turned towards the surrounding mountains visible through the bay windows, the founder of the eponymous brand and his wife May take a look back at 35 years in the profession and the rise of the new Preziuso generation. Setting the crowning seal on this doubly significant occasion, a world-first creation is to be symbolically unveiled at Baselworld on the booth of the AHCI (Horological Academy of Independent Creators) of which he is an active member. The “Tourbillon des tourbillons” rewards ten years of patient development. Antoine Preziuso first developed the concept in 2004, filed a first patent request in 2005 which he did not receive until 2011, before filing two more having been joined in his quest by his son Florian. The patents relate to the plural nature of the spinning tourbillons, the phenomenon of resonance on an independent plate, as well as the differential system. The result is truly spectacular in every possible way. The three tourbillon carriages perform their rotation in one minute, while their circular base also turns inside the case in ten minutes, driven by the energy of an independent barrel. Intrinsically serving to enhance precision in every position the watch adopts when on the wrist, associating the three tourbillons and their equidistant triangular proximity makes it possible to adjust their frequency to that of the others by resonance and thus to reinforce their stability. Christened “planetary satellite tourbillons” by Antoine Preziuso, this triple regulating organ constitutes a major innovation in the centuries-old field of the tourbillon. Only five lucky owners this year will have an opportunity to become part of the history of pioneering horology, by acquiring a version featuring three metals : steel, gold and titanium. To mark the event, the gold crown is adorned with the intergenerational masculine initials AFP. Which customer will be the first to visit this farmhouse in its delightfully bucolic setting between the lake and the mountains?

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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