THOMAS PRESCHER HAUTE HORLOGERIE –
Located on Lake Biel’s shores, picturesque Twann lies nestled at the foot of steeply terraced hillside vineyards. This scenic area of Switzerland has not only been home to winemaking for centuries, but also various small and highly specialized watch manufacturers. The solitude and atmosphere of tradition surrounding the town, the natural beauty of its waterfalls and forest, made it an ideal location for the founding of Thomas Prescher Haute Horlogerie in 2002.
Therefore it is not surprising that complications also form the basis of Thomas Prescher’s own wristwatch collection, which has yet to include a “normal” three-handed watch. His first creations, christened Tempusvivendi, were of the bras en l’air genre, based on a double retrograde complication first developed in the eighteenth century that features an artistically engraved or enameled scene on the dial, usually focusing on a centrally placed human or animal figure. When the button hidden in the crown is pressed, the extremities of the figure on the dial move to show the correct hours and minutes. When the button is released, the scene returns to its non-temporal resting state, the most attractive and anatomically correct position.