Lot 2444
  • 2444

Franck Muller

650,000 - 950,000 HKD
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  • dimensions including lugs 59 x 44 mm
• cal. FM 2100 manual winding nickel lever movement, 29 jewels, mono-metallic balance rotating within a one-minute tourbillon carriage, 4 spring barrels • skeletonized dial, two bridges on the barrels, aperture for 10-day power reserve indication, tourbillon carriage with FM initials • PVD-coated white gold oversized tonneau-form case, sapphire crystal display back secured by four screws • case and dial signed • with a PVD-coated white gold Franck Muller buckle


Manual winding movement running, tourbillon and power reserve functions in working order while cataloguing, however the watch has not been tested for accuracy of time keeping and a service might be required at buyer's expense. Dial is nice and clean. Case with very little sign of wearing and buckle with minor loss of pvd-coating. Overall appears in very good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

With a Franck Muller presentation box with outer packaging.

The new Giga Tourbillon developed by Franck Muller is an extraordinary timepiece which required expertise, creativity and vision of the research and development team to carry out such daring design.  As the name implies, it features an oversized tonneau-form case and the largest diameter tourbillon (20 mm) that fills half the watch which made a statement to both collectors and the watch industry that Franck Muller is the ultimate innovator in the horological field. 

Moving from the practical function of defying gravity to being a symbol of prestige and wealth, wearing a watch with tourbillon function has become an icon of status. What speaks louder than wearing a largest tourbillon on the wrist?  The mechanism is powered by 4 barrels due to the massive size of tourbillon.  Each with a 16 mm diameter, the barrels are first paired in series and then assembled parallel to one another so that the power of the movement is doubled, enable the Giga Tourbillon to operate in almost constant force.

The skeletonized dial is also constructed with a fascinating look as a ‘surprised face’.  The two large mainspring barrels are like the eyes (with synthetic ruby jewels as the pupils), while the tourbillon is like a mouth agape. The Giga tourbillon combines the cutting-edge technics with balanced design making it a joyful timepiece for real Franck Muller aficionados.