The name Robusto – from the Latin robustus, meaning strong, well-built and vigorous.
Framed by a rugged cambered rectangular steel case the distinctive black carbon fibre dial forms the ideal backdrop for staging an astonishing set of features. The applied oversized, sloping Arabic numerals have become a trademark on certain models by Antoine Preziuso Genève. In this configuration, they are replaced at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock by four "displays with a difference". Along the horizontal axis, the small seconds sub dial at 9 o'clock is counterbalanced by the 42-hour power-reserve indicator with its pointer moving steadily across a segment to keep track of the state of winding of the watch.
Meanwhile, the vertical axis offers an intriguing new take on two classic chronograph function indications: the 30-minute and 12-hour counters. Each is represented by a semi-circle and characterised by the absence of numerals, which are replaced with a two-tiered set of simplified segments that serve as a graduated scale. Reading it is at once simple and mesmerising, thanks to the steady motion of the double "propeller" hands. Perfecting the subtly symmetrical elegance of the overall effect, the sweep seconds hand is tipped by an arrow pointing to a triangular marker at 12 o'clock when it is at rest. At its opposite end, this hand carries the unmistakable brand logo.
This same symbol is picked up on the knurled easy-grip winding crown, set between the two start/stop and back-to-zero chronograph pushbuttons with their respective functions clearly spelt out in English! The sapphire crystal "showcase " in the back enables one to view the delicate intricacies of the self winding movement, which may be open worked and hand-engraved, with parts ruthenium blackened to heighten their visual appeal. The gleaming metal surfaces surrounding this fascinating "window on time" are engraved with the individual series numbers, maker's mark and other significant identifying characteristics befitting a model clearly destined for connoisseurs.
Antoine Preziuso Grand Robusto
Limited Edition of 999 copies
MSRP: CHF 11'500
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