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Antoine Preziuso, Genève, The T21, "Only Watch 2005" T21 Muonionalusta Tourbillon, Pièce Unique.
The T21 “…Few new watches can immediately be described as museum pieces. Due to the phenomenal interest it arouses, the T21 could legitimately claim a place in a museum dedicated to watchmaking, but also in a natural history, science or art museum. In addition to its technical qualities, the T21 represents a conversation piece that inevitably leads to deep and fascinating discussions and, on an even simpler level, inspires dreams. Dreams of space, of eternity, of the infinitely large and the infinitely small. With the T21, Antoine Preziuso has once again succeeded in offering us the gift of a good time!” Quote taken from GMT, Spring-Summer 2005 edition. Case: Precision-milled from a single piece of the “Muonionalusta” meteorite, circular, sloped bezel, downturned lugs, sapphire crystals, case back secured by screws. Bracelet: Mississippi alligator, meteorite buckle. Diam. 40 mm. Thickness: 10 mm. Dial: Milled from the “Muonionalusta” meteorite, luminous Arabic quarters, cut away at the bottom to view the tourbillion regulator. Luminous “Feuille” hands. Movement: Calibre AP/T21, 13’’’, manual winding, rhodium plated, hand-engraved decoration, double barrel, one-minute tourbillon regulator, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, 28,800 VPH, 72-hour power reserve.
Estimate: 110,000 EUR - 130,000 EUR
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After any conversation with Antoine Preziuso, usually accompanied by one of his “Beauties” in various stages of completion, it is obvious that this is a man fundamentally at ease with himself, yet constantly in pursuit of fresh challenges. Born in Geneva in 1957 and brought up in the world of horology, Antoine Preziuso was destined to follow in the footsteps of those Cabinotiers whose creations embody talent and challenge. He acquired a thorough knowledge of the history of horology during the years he spent restoring some of the most prestigious collectors’ timepieces. With such technical experience, his Swiss exactitude and the aesthetic awareness inherited from his Italian ancestors, Antoine Preziuso launched his own brand in 1990. Whether working in collaboration with a select handful of famous brands or producing exclusive and often “one of a kind” models under his own name, Antoine Preziuso believes in following his instinct and giving free rein to his creative impulses. The Muonionalusta meteorite The Muonionalusta meteorite is a rare iron that was originally found in 1906 near Kiruna, Sweden. This beautiful meteorite is classified as a fine (IVA) Octahedrite, and has spectacular etch patterns. Muonionalusta is only rarely found on the meteorite market as the strewn field is within the Arctic Circle, making searching for it very difficult. The total known weight of Muonionalusta is unknown, and until recently, most has been locked up in Museum collections, with very little in private hands. Iron meteorites are composed primarily of various alloys of iron and nickel, and are derived from molten planetary cores that were broken apart billions of years ago. The crystalline patterns within Meteorites are known as "Windmanstatten patterns". These patterns can only form in the vacuum of space where the molten pieces of planetary cores come into contact with very few molecules to which they can transfer their heat and thereby cool. The large metallic crystals characteristic of meteorites require literally millions of years of cooling to form from a molten planetary core fragment. It has been estimated that it took about 1000 years for these molten pieces of planetary core to cool by just 1 degree celsius! The T2 The T21 “…Few new watches can immediately be described as museum pieces. Due to the phenomenal interest it arouses, the T21 could legitimately claim a place in a museum dedicated to watchmaking, but also in a natural history, science or art museum. In addition to its technical qualities, the T21 represents a conversation piece that inevitably leads to deep and fascinating discussions and, on an even simpler level, inspires dreams. Dreams of space, of eternity, of the infinitely large and the infinitely small. With the T21, Antoine Preziuso has once again succeeded in offering us the gift of a good time!” Quote taken from GMT, Spring-Summer 2005 edition.
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22-09-2005
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60,000 EUR