Antoine Preziuso always chose a path of his own. A patriarch to a dynasty of artisans he came a long way from a promising watch restoration expert to the creator of some finest tourbillons in the business. The epitome of independence shares his thoughts on success, philosophy behind perpetual calendars and the toughest part of creating, you’ve guessed it, a tourbillon.
How is your manufacture organized and how many pieces do you produce annually?
We produce between 30 and 120 per year, this depends on the complications of the watches. We work mostly on order.
Antoine Preziuso is a family business. Do you make all the crucial design and engineering decisions solely or are you opened to the ideas of your family and your team?
I am the one making decisions but I keep listening to my family.
Antoine and his son Florian with two GPHG prizes for the Tourbillon of Tourbillons
How heavy were you influenced by your father watchmaker?
The passion was transmitted by my father but the rest did well because I was born in Geneva. There were many craftsmen and watchmakers
How do you see the place of the independents in the industry?
Independent watchmakers are pillars in the watch industry! We have total freedom of expression, creativity and speed. We are still in the running.
You certainly know a thing or two about tourbillons. What do you love the most about this complication and what’s the hardest thing in producing it?
It is the most beautiful watch mechanism in the world! This complication fascinates and hypnotizes people for more than 200 years now. And above all it defies the laws of earthly gravitation on the precision of the watch. The most diffi cult part is to make a good adjustment, especially in the alignment of pendulum pivots and pivots of a tourbillon cage. Some operations like getting the best amplitudes from the anchor escapement require a lot of skill and precision.
What do you consider the greatest achievement of your career?
Our Tourbillon of Tourbillons that has won the public prize and innovation prize at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève 2015. It is a premiere watch in the world with several “3 Patent” Tourbillons.
Has your everyday routine changed much considering all the new technologies around?
Not much apart from the price and speed of execution. In any case you always have the master’s hand for finishes.
Can you name the wildest watch design you were totally mesmerized by?
There are some pretty awesome watchmaking concepts! Some of them even manage to remain in the watchmaking tradition. But in my opinion there is one common problem: it gets more and more difficult to read the time on this kind of watch!
What are your thoughts on a Swiss Made trademark?
The Swiss Made is about a spirit and a know-how. Something that 100% represents Switzerland.
What part of a watch mechanism are you currently most obsessed with?
The cardiology of the watch, the tictac! The escapement is the most complex part of the watch to adjust and very few watchmakers know how to adjust it. I also love the perpetual calendar where you have to read leap months and leap years on the tip of the cogs and set it so that it gives you the right calendar for 400 years.
Can you give any advises for starting up watchmakers?
Always stay innovative in everything you do! It is