Sunday, September 4, 2016

ANTOINE PREZIUSO Stella Polare

The Stella Polare (‘Pole Star’ in Italian) by ANTOINE PREZIUSO GENÈVE is a high end mechanical watch designed for ladies.

The case of the Stella Polare watch is cut from the Muonionalusta meteorite that fell to Earth north of the Arctic Circle over 100,000 years ago. The breath taking tourbillon and mechanical movement of this exceptional creation has been entirely decorated by hand. Hand-engraved stars on the bridges form a bas-relief set off against a background dotted with tiny craters, like the surface of a celestial sphere.
Equipped with a high precise tourbillon complication, the mechanical manual winding movement beats inside this timepiece delivers a 110-hour power-reserve when fully wound. The symmetry between the openwork barrel at 12 o'clock, and the tourbillon – supported by a bridge of great finesse – at six o'clock, reinforces the watch's power and harmony. Through the transparent sapphire crystal case back, one can admire the beauty of complexity and decorations of the mechanical movement.
Discovered in northern Sweden in 1906, the Muonionalusta is a unique meteorite. This 230kg block of virtually pure iron had lain in the frozen ground of Lapland for 100,000 years. It is probably the oldest object known on Earth – born on the outskirts of the universe 4.5 billion years ago, at around the same time as our Solar System. The Muonionalusta is one of the 5% of ferrous meteorites. Its composition – essentially iron, along with 8% nickel and traces of more exotic materials (gallium, germanium, and iridium) – reveals its origins in outer space.
Stella Polare’s scintillating effect comes from the patterns produced by the craftsman and the meteorite, a crystalline, interweaving named Widmanstätten patterns.

The Stella Polare watch is worn on a turquoise bracelet made from Nile Perch lined with lizard-skin.

Technical details
Case
Cut from Muonionalusta Meteorite block
Diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 10 mm
Water proofness: 30 m

Movement
Manual-winding mechanical
Power reserve: 110 h, 21600 variations / hours

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Tourbillon

Strap
Leather with pin buckle

Price
240'000 CHF

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