Many of you will likely have not heard about the Antoine Preziuso
watch brand. They are an interesting breed, catering to the mega-wealthy. New for 2010 is this beast of a timepiece they call the "Monumental Tourbillon" (sometimes called the Mega Tourbillon). The watch has a very interesting case architecture made out of 18k red gold and titanium. It is quite literally a "mega" watch being 65mm wide and 25mm thick (made in Switzerland). I don't think you can quite appreciate that size just seeing the measurement. I personally saw the watch in Geneva and can attest to the fact that it more like a desk clock with a wrist strap than a watch. Yes, I realize that the industry is, and has been about "big and bold," but what exactly is supposed to be impressive about this piece? The watch industry get's excited about the ability to make smaller and smaller pieces, as well as miniaturization. This watch just takes a manually wound tourbillon movement and makes it bigger. I must admit, the mega sized tourbillon carriage is great to watch, but isn't a feat of complexity. The movement has just the time with a subsidiary seconds dial.
This watch is all about design, and the ability to boast that it is the "largest tourbillon watches around." Is it wearable? Not really, but is that the point at all? The style is interesting, but you'll have to strap it around your upper arm for it to look natural. When your friends ask you what the watch is, you can just say Monumental Tourbillon limited edition (of five pieces). I still can't properly pronounce the last work in the Antoine Preziuso
brand name. I love the Monumental Tourbillon watch exists and that I got to see it, but I can't ever see myself getting one. Especially at the price, which is 340,000 Swiss Francs. It is literally too little in too large a package.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review