Antoine Tavan 1805

TOURBILLON CHEVAL

18K rose gold

Unique piece

Roger Zarzoso’s majestic bejeweled horse takes pride of place on this remarkable unique piece from Antoine Tavan 1805. The movement, including a 60-second tourbillon has been openworked by hand and reflects Zarzoso’s excellent eye for detail.

Only 1 piece - immediately available

€91,000

Price is exclusive of VAT. VAT and delivery charge will be applied at checkout, if applicable.
You will be responsible for all other taxes and charges to receive your order depending on the delivery destination.



  • Inspiration
  • Tech Spec
  • Style Guide
  • In the Know
  • Info & Delivery

Inspiration

Overview

As one of the only brands creating openworked watches entirely by hand, with saw-frame cut-outs finished with metal files, it should come as no surprise that Antoine Tavan 1805 takes the art of craftsmanship very seriously indeed. Roger Zarzoso’s intricately sculpted horse set with 223 diamonds acts not just as the creative centrepiece of the watch, but functions as the main bridge, holding the gearwheel and mechanism in place.

Having used no software in its creation, the Tourbillon Cheval is a lesson in hand finishing done the old-fashioned way. Viewed from the back, the engraved and skeletonised tourbillon can be appreciated fully. The manually wound movement has been lovingly adapted from an historic base calibre by Roger, and the commitment to finishing is remarkable - such that even the gears and wheels are engraved.

The pebble-shaped pink gold case is elegant and unassuming, drawing the eye to the blued hands, openworked mainspring barrel, rhodium finished dial and the majestic bejeweled horse.

Inspiration

Protracting the creative process out over an extended period, Roger reflects on an idea for a new product over the course of weeks before sketching, refining and maturing his designs, until a workable solution – the perfect way to realize the watch, becomes clear.

The Antoine Tavan tourbillon began with the idea for a sculpted and bejeweled animal to adorn the bridge. Looking for complexity and originality in design, the horse motif was developed over the course of a year. Roger’s desire to produce an innovative, skeletonized piece with as much paving as possible, means the watch can be enjoyed as both an original timepiece and an extraordinary objet d’art.

Tech Spec

Case

  • Material: 18k pink gold
  • Dimensions: 46 mm diameter 

Movement

  • Tourbillon escapement 
  • Cage with 60 second rotation 
  • Frequency: 28,000 vph 
  • Power reserve: 100 hours 
  • 17 Jewels 
  • Dimensions: 33 mm diameter   

Functions & Indications

  • Displays: Hour and minute 
  • Dial in 18k gold with rhodium finish 
  • Hands in blued steel 
  • Hand-sculpted ‘horse’ bridge fitted with 223 diamonds VVS totaling 2.9 carats   

Notes

  • Front and back sapphire glass crystal with anti-reflective treatment 
  • Decoration: The movement’s case and visible components have been hand-finished in the Antoine Tavan workshop 
  • Presented in Antoine Tavan watch box in burled walnut with pink gold handles 
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 meters) 
  • Hand-sewn alligator strap 
  • Ardillon buckle in 18k gold 

In The Know

“What motivated me to contact Antoine Tavan was their meticulous designs – Roger Zarzoso works on individual timepieces for several months and sometimes years.” Steve Huyton, Total Design Reviews

“The details on the bridges, as well as the open worked main spring barrel, reflect the true quality of this movement, while the simple case assures that the eye is drawn to the jeweled and engraved caliber.” Martin Green, Revolution

Info & Delivery

Warranty

Five year warranty from date of delivery

After-care

Pieces should be returned to Antoine Tavan, rue des Jeanneret 59, CH-2400 Le Locle, Switzerland. Please contact Antoine Tavan for the process to return the piece

  • Watches with issues covered under the warranty: Antoine Tavan shall bear the costs of shipping and service 
  • Watches with issues out-of-warranty: shipping costs are born by the client, service costs will be charged to the client after acceptance of the quote 

Turnaround: less than a week (one month for tourbillon) from the date of receipt of the watch or from the date of acceptance of the quote by the client, where required. Watch to be returned to client upon receipt of full payment only, where required.

Delivery

Shipping charge: complimentary by Antoine Tavan

Non-contractual delivery time once the piece is ready:

  • Europe: about 6 to 9 working days upon receipt of payment, excluding any custom clearance delay 
  • US: about 6 to 9 working days upon receipt of payment, excluding any custom clearance delay 

The brand reserves the right not to deliver to countries outside of the European Union and the United States

Return & Exchange

For made-to-order pieces: no return, no exchange

Advanced payment non refundable

For immediately available pieces: return or exchange within 14 days

Our priority is customer satisfaction, therefore please do not hesitate to contact SKOLORR to discuss

Packaging

Burr Walnut Box