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    Sale 12572

    Important Watches

    30 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 2602

    HARRY WINSTON & ANTOINE PREZIUSO. A VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION SKELETONISED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH

    SIGNED HARRY WINSTON & ANTOINE PREZIUSO, OPUS TWO MODEL, NO. 05/11, CASE NO. 006’963, CIRCA 2002

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    HARRY WINSTON & ANTOINE PREZIUSO. A VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION SKELETONISED TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH
    SIGNED HARRY WINSTON & ANTOINE PREZIUSO, OPUS TWO MODEL, NO. 05/11, CASE NO. 006’963, CIRCA 2002
    Cal. OPUS 2 mechanical jewelled movement, one minute tourbillon carriage visible through the finely engraved skeletonised dial, circular case, mobile lugs, glazed display back secured by eight screws, 18k white gold Harry Winston deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.
    US$84,000-130,000


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    With Harry Winston fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    Born in Geneva in 1957, Antoine Preziuso has watchmaking in his genes. While other children played with toys, Antoine Preziuso was already dismantling and reconstructing watch movements with his father at the age of 7. In 1974, Antoine Prezuiso gained entrance to the Geneva Watchmaking School and for 4 years, he trained as a watch restorer while specializing as a practicing watchmaker and graduated with the highest honours. Antoine Prezuiso's passion and talent for watchmaking was instantly recognized by Patek Philippe for which he worked for two years specializing in major horological complications.

    In 1981, Antoine Prezuiso opened his own workshop in Geneva where he was immediately entrusted with the precious timepieces of the collection of the Musee de l'Horlogerie de Geneve (Geneva Watch Musuem) as well as some of the world's most prestigious private collections. For many years, Antoine Prezuiso remained a behind-the-screen creator of many complicated watches for various world-famous watch brands, the highlight being the commission from Breguet to create a series of minute repeating wristwatches with a perpetual calendar, a technical feat which was then never produced before and took 2 years of study, research and development before the production of the first watch.

    In 2002, Antoine Preziuso introduced the largest collection of Tourbillon models at Baselworld with six different tourbillons presented in cutting-edge cases of his own design. The same year, Antoine Preziuso was asked by Maximilian Büsser to create Opus 2. Antoine Preziuso's reputation continues to grow as he develops a worldwide audience for his high end timepieces of complicated movements and innovative designs. His determination to limit the quantities of his timepieces and to maintain full control of his creative process has won him a major position in today's world of high horology.

    In creating the Opus 2, Antoine Prezuiso drew inspiration from the ironwork of the entrance to the Harry Winston boutique at Fifth Avenue in New York and by the wonderful life in New York city. The result is the stunning handcrafted skeletonized dial which incorporates the initials HW that decorates the arch over the New York boutique. To complement the beautifully delicate openwork decoration of the dial, Antoine Prezuiso turned to his favourite complication - the tourbillon which formed the basis of two complicated timepieces, a simple Tourbillon and a Tourbillon which incorporates Harry Winston's patented Retrograde Perpetual Calendar. Seemingly whimsical, it took Antoine Prezuiso many hours to develop the gear train which is responsible both for the movement of the hands and the function of the calendar on the back of the watch. Such is the attention to detail of Antoine Prezuiso, it was reputed that, while working on the Opus 2 series, he wore gloves to avoid the contact of human skin with the elements of the movement and would hold his breath while assembling the more minute parts of the movement.

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