Swiss luxury watch maker Antoine Preziuso in reference to the Burj Khalifa (the World’s Tallest Skyscraper), created the World’s Largest Wrist Watch Tourbillon on the occasion of the opening of his Boutique in the Dubai Wafi Mall. With this 65 mm diameter Monumental Tourbillon Antoine Preziuso has achieved a breathtaking transposition from pocket to wrist!
Antoine Preziuso built this remarkable timekeeper on the basis of a pocket watch blank dating back to 1928 and made at the time by the watchmaking school of the Vallée de Joux. Assembled and finished in the purest watchmaking tradition – black polished chamfering, circular-grained and Côtes de Genève decoration – this colossal movement with a big heart will transport you to a distant era accompanied by the rhythm of its regular beat. Fitted with a Breguet balance-spring and a screwed balance beating at more than 18,800 vibrations per hour, this calibre won the first prize for chronometry in the thirties and has never been equalled since.
As tradition dictates, the tourbillon is located on the case back side. It is revealed in all its glory in a 2.5 cm diameter oversize frame. The double barrel system was conceived with the greatest respect for the original construction and guarantees a power-reserve of approximately 40 hours.
On the face side, this timepiece plays a modern game. The red gold dial, engraved, chiselled and satin-polished in low relief, is partially opened up to reveal the high tech movement. The serial number is unconventionally displayed at 12 o’clock, at the beginning of a semi-circle of hours punctuated by pillar indexes or Roman numerals. Exclusive and imposing hands add the finishing touch to this audacious aesthetic.
The creation, aptly named “monumental”, is enclosed in the biggest case ever made for a wristwatch. Its spectacular appearance is emphasised by the drum-type architecture: top and bottom bezels screwed on to the middle via 12 lateral pillars. The choice of titanium makes the structure outstandingly light so that the watch is comfortable to wear. The pillars, crown and mobile horns in red gold echo the dial. Each individual component of this structure can be removed to facilitate servicing of the watch. The Monumental Tourbillon comes with a leather strap teamed with a buckle which matches the case perfectly. Limited edition of 5. Suggested retail price is CHF 340’000.-
Mechanical Swiss movement with manual rewinding, dating back to 1928.
Frequency: 18’800 A/h
Tourbillon diameter : 2,5cm
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds
Diameter: 63 mm
Round case in titanium and pink gold 18kt. Top and bottom bezels screwed on to the middle via 12 lateral pillars.
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass.
In pink gold 18kt. engraved by hand
Full-grain crocodile skin – back in small-grain crocodile skin