Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces...

Geneva, Nov 10, 2019

LOT 119


CHF 50,000 - 70,000

HKD 400,000 - 560,000 / USD 50,000 - 70,000

Sold: CHF 62,500

A very fine, impressive, manual wind, platinum double-axis tourbillon wristwatch.

Grading System
Case: 2-01

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original

Brand Thomas Prescher

Model Trilogy, DoubleAxis Tourbillon

Year Circa 2009

Calibre  TP 3W6A.2

Case No. 05

Bracelet Leather with a platinum Thomas Prescher buckle

Diameter 43 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories Fitted box, extract from the archives


In the 1970s, an Englishman named Anthony G. Randall created a double axis tourbillon for clocks—more as an intellectual exercise than to actually address the issues of rate deviation mentioned above. He built a carriage clock based on these principles, adding the double axis tourbillon. In a double axis tourbillon, the second axis revolves parallel to the dial, influencing the rate positively when the watch or clock is positioned with the dial up or down. Thus, this mechanism has an advantageous influence on the rate of all six positions. Since the double axis tourbillon can only realize its full potential in wearable watches, Thomas Prescher first examined his possibilities in a pocket watch so that the feasibility of his vision could be examined and later added to a wristwatch version. It turned out that directly miniaturizing the same arrangement of components was not possible. Problems concerning weight distribution, earing, and friction of the micro mechanisms led to completely different reactions than in Randall’s clock since the smallest component of the new mechanism weighed a mere 0.0009 grams. The tourbillon had to be designed entirely new, most especially because Prescher wanted to create a flying tourbillon Version. (source