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Antoine Preziuso ‘Tourbillon Of Tourbillons’ Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Baselworld is the type of place where you can be amazed in the most unlikely of situations. Did I imagine, for example, that I would run into the son of the great watch maker Antoine Preziuso at 1am while socializing Basel – who would proceed to show me what ended up being the most visually amazing high-complication watch of 2015? That is not typically the type of thing that I anticipate happening in advance. Nevertheless, Florian Preziuso showed me a watch that, while under the Antoine Preziuso brand name, is his baby that he has been working on for the last few years.

Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Clearly proud of his new invention, the young watchmaker held up his wrist wearing a watch with three running tourbillons, all on a dial that itself was rotating. Called the Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon Of Tourbillons, this new highly exclusive mega-complication is a masterful sight to behold that in many ways sums up the intoxicating, almost hypnotic feeling you get from seeing an amazing micro machine in operation.

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Florian explained to me (with quite a bit of passion, I might add) that the height of complexity was really all about three tourbillons, not four tourbillons. Why? Well it seems as though four tourbillons really ends up being two series of two tourbillons that are connected via a differential. Three tourbillons, however, must all be connect via the same differential and are this more complicated because of their inherent symmetry. This, at the heart of the Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons is a patented triple-differential gear which not only turns the three tourbillons, but also turns the entire plate on which they sit – making the entire dial sort of like another tourbillon!

Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Each of the three finely hand-finished tourbillons spin at a rate of 60 seconds while the entire dial turns at a rate of once each 10 minutes. That might seem slow, but glancing at the dial, you can see it slowing turning, which is rather cool. According to Antoine Preziuso the watch is protected by three patents and each of course is assembled by hand.

Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

If you are familiar with the Antoine Preziuso brand, you’ll recognize the triple tourbillon, “Tourbillon of Tourbillons” watch as within the same aesthetic family. The case is produced from titanium and either 18k white gold or rose gold, and there are also some steel elements in the construction as well. Of course, given the target demographic, you have the available diamond decorated model as well. I wouldn’t want luxury watch lovers in those diamond-loving parts of the world to feel neglected.

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Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

At 45mm wide and 14mm thick, the Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons isn’t a small watch, but it wears comfortably enough. A new “AFP” crown logo stands for “Antoine Florian Preziuso.” The dial is a maze of three-dimensional places to look and observe, but legibility is maintained thanks to the very thick hands. With that said, I think it is safe to say that a watch like this isn’t worn with the intention that is owner is in strict need of knowing the time.

Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

One of my favorite visual elements (aside from the coolness of the spinning tourbillons) are the tourbillon cages themselves which when I look at them remind me of artistic renditions of sea turtles. There is a huge amount of design effort here, and even if the style of the Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons isn’t to your taste, I challenge anyone not to be impressed by this horological masterpiece. In my opinion, this watch is just amazing for what it is, and shows what happens when you have a multi-generational watch making environment.

Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Inside each Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons watch is the in-house made Antoine Preziuso caliber AFP-TTR-3X manually wound movement. The movement has double series barrels that together make for an impressive 48 hours of power reserve (given all the power the movement must use to just move all the pieces around). Each of three balance wheels within each of the tourbillons spins at a rate of 3Hz (21,600).

Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On Antoine Preziuso 'Tourbillon Of Tourbillons' Triple Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For me, this is really what high-end watch making art today is all about. This isn’t about calendar functions most people will never use or finishing no one will ever see. This is about mechanical art and the bold celebration thereof. It is hard to be a traditional watch lover and not see the value in something as wonderfully ostentatious as this. Price for the Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons triple tourbillon watch starts at 318,000 Swiss Francs up to 420,000 Swiss Francs with diamonds. antoine-preziuso.com

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  • EranR

    No doubt this is a ‘show-off’ piece – but a well deserved one. Kudos on being able to keep clear aesthetics and a sense of harmony within the complexity of the mechanism – where many grand names have failed and ended up offering a glorious salad of over-elaborate yet totally tasteless dials. Plus this one really is a cool watch!

  • IanE

    For once, I actually like the quite restrained version with diamonds. Indeed, I could see myself wearing and even buying one – if only I were not one of the plebs that owners of this sort of watch love looking down on!

  • SantiagoT

    That is one impressive piece indeed. Thanks Ariel for showing it. I would have done a more sober case because the dial is stunning enough and so many screws and columns makes it a bit too much, but that could very well be me being too anal about things.

  • elanjacobs

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

  • gadgety

    I’d like to see a triple three axis tourbillon.

  • joshgraves

    Amazing. A super complicated watch that is not a pain in the ass to set.

  • BrJean

    With so many tourbillons this watch should be super accurate, right?

  • Crazy Cool. Crazy Price, Crazy to look at. Crazy operation, just a crazy watch (in a good way). I’m glad that this sort if insanity exists and only regret that I was not born stupid rich.

  • thornwood36

    Legibility aside this is pure watch porn,

  • SantiagoT

    MarkCarson I feel your pain, I also aimed at being born stupid rich but only achieved one of the two halves.

  • Borys Bozzor Pawliw

    I never got modern art…until now.

  • Frauss

    You get a lifetime supply of dramamine when you buy this watch to head off motion sickness from all that spinning.

  • socrates35

    OUTRAGEOUS!! The ultimate wrist toy for a very rich man-boy….

  • phsjacob

    Obviously this isn’t the only watch with this problem, but it does seem like a big waste to make such an intricate machine that doesn’t even do a good job of telling what time it is.

  • dahcd

    Just a pure piece of horology at it’s finest state.

  • Ulysses31

    What, only THREE tourbillons?  What crap – I want at least five.  To be serious for a second, it’s a little bit too lumpy and spiky for my tastes, although it does look pretty good.  Etching some sort of indices on the crystal would’ve made it a lot easier to read.  The original utility of a watch ought to be maintained even if it is probably the least notable feature nowadays, we could at least pretend that it still matters.  You can still read it, with some effort, but it shouldn’t have to be at this price.  Kinda like a Ferrari with square wheels.

  • Tourbillion87

    I think the hour and minute hands should just go. Its not like you need to know what time it is with that on your wrist. All i want to see is Tourbillions spinning! Call it a Fancy Jar of Tourbillions.

  • Very cool in function and ability, but aesthetically is leaves me in want: the 2-tone version is a bit gross, and the monotone one is bedazzled, also gross. A single tone version without the sparkles would be much nicer, although I am a little put off by the case design: very Itay Noy, which is not a great thing.
    The movement is amazing though, and the finishing looks to be excellent as well.

  • iamcalledryan

    Awesome tech and a great Basel story!
    Would love to soend 10 mins watching it in action. I agree with the earlier preference for a monochrome version without bling, but as I am not in a position to put down the cash for one, I guess they can carry on and ignore me!

  • Grinnie Jax

    Messy…

  • Vig2000

    What a frankenwatch—the caseback looks better than the dial.

  • It may be art, but it isn’t a wristwatch. First clue? They’re reluctant to give the inflated price in US$

  • shinytoys

    Yes indeed. Gorgeous. Rose gold!

  • Jimxxx

    Roger Dubuis meets Steampunk.

  • DanW94

    I was mesmerized watching the video clip. You could hypnotize someone with all that spinning. “Look into my watch, you’re getting very sleepy”

  • SantiagoT MarkCarson So you became rich and I remained stupid. Ah fate….

  • Ryan B

    I am such a sucker for the steam punk look, this one is one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

  • SantiagoT

    MarkCarson Haha I wish!

  • 1680Grail

    Way too damn much going on !!!

    That crystal though… what a dream, beautiful. The strap seems very well made as well. Nice!

  • DeltronZero

    amazing. It kind of tows the line between dressy and sporty to me. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about that quality with watches in the uber price range but this is very nice. Must have been hard to stop taking pictures of this one

  • Russ Schwenkler

    12 bezel screws – not aligned with hours…  sigh.  It’s neat, don’t get me wrong, but it’s more whirligig that watch.  And yeah, those tourby cages are absolutely sea turtles.

  • Russ Schwenkler What? You don’t like that the screws indicate tha half hours, ha ha? Seriously, I agree with you. If they had just rotated them 15 degrees, the screws would be hour makers.

  • Bernardo Silva

    He has much to be proud of after making such a beautiful timepiece.

  • iamcalledryan

    Hmmm, yes that appears to be a lost opportunity…

  • spiceballs

    Tourbillion87  yes plus (as Ariel alluded) not exactly how one tells the time as it is!

  • BasilofBakerStreet

    Wow, that is beautiful.

  • I_G

    MilSubGuy If you have to ask…

  • bichondaddy

    Russ Schwenkler Ahh…yes…I see what you mean….a little more thought into the screws and it would look nicer.  It’s neat….with the steam punk look and all…but…no where near affordable for the average guy.  It would be nice to know what it’s like to drop over $400 K on a watch!!!!

  • Gumball3000

    This is one of the most amazing time pieces I ever witnessed. Every time i see watches like this one my obsession for them grows mor and more.

  • egznyc

    I’d like to see a triple axel … Oh wait: that would require ice – not the kind on display here in the blinded-out version.

  • egznyc

    No it’s not – you’re right. Except then it wouldn’t be quite so Steampunk and it’d be harder to classify what style it was going for, right?

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