Franck Muller

Limited Edition Quantieme "Esprit Unique," a titanium and steel with carbon fiber automatic wristwatch with date, day, month and moonphase

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Franc Vila Quantieme Annual Calendar Moonphase "Esprit Unique" Limited Edition in titanium and diehard extreme steel with carbon fiber, black carbon fiber and guilloché dial with skeletonized hands and luminescent arabic numerals, self-winding automatic movement, sapphire crystal skeleton back, black rubber strap with fold-over deployant buckle, 46mm—limited edition of only 88 pieces.


The juxtaposition of materials creates a captivating interplay of light and shadow, accentuating the watch's distinctive personality. The annual calendar complication in the Franc Vila Quantieme Annual Calendar Moonphase "Esprit Unique" Limited Edition is a testament to both functionality and artistic refinement. This complication elevates the watch's practicality by automatically accounting for the varying lengths of months, requiring adjustment only once a year at the end of February.


The exquisite display of the month and day of the week is a marvel of engineering and design. Positioned gracefully on the watch's dial, two apertures showcase the day and month, providing instant legibility while seamlessly integrating with the watch's overall aesthetic. The selection of fonts and the meticulous arrangement of the apertures contribute to the watch's elegance, reflecting Franc Vila's dedication to both form and function.


The moonphase display takes this timepiece to another level of enchantment. Positioned on the dial, the moonphase complication features a meticulously crafted moon disc that accurately reflects the waxing and waning of the moon. The precision of this display, combined with the captivating aesthetics of the moon's phases, adds a touch of celestial allure to the watch.


What truly sets this moonphase display apart is the radial date display surrounding it. This design choice isn't just functional; it's an ingenious way to maintain the watch's overall balance and harmony. The radial date display doesn't compete for attention with the moonphase, but rather complements it. Its circular arrangement elegantly hugs the moonphase, forming a harmonious visual arrangement that speaks to the meticulous attention given to every detail of this timepiece.


The careful placement of the radial date display showcases the watchmaker's commitment to ensuring that every element serves both a purpose and an aesthetic intent. The result is a balanced composition that doesn't overwhelm the eye, allowing the observer to appreciate the moonphase complication without distraction.


The self-winding automatic movement of the Franc Vila Quantieme Annual Calendar Moonphase "Esprit Unique" Limited Edition is a mesmerizing work of artistry and engineering that brings life to the heart of the watch. This movement is not only a marvel in terms of its technical precision but also a visual feast for enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.


At its core, the self-winding movement is a testament to the watchmaker's dedication to both form and function. The "self-winding" feature means that the movement harnesses the natural motion of the wearer's wrist to power the watch, eliminating the need for manual winding or battery replacements. This seamless integration of mechanics with the wearer's everyday movements is a demonstration of horological innovation.


The beauty of the movement goes beyond its functional elegance. Its form is a symphony of meticulously crafted components, gears and springs that work in perfect harmony to keep time ticking with unparalleled accuracy. Every detail of the movement, from the balance wheel oscillating to the rhythm of time to the intricate gear trains transmitting energy, is a testament to the craftsmanship and expertise of the watchmaker.


One of the most captivating aspects of this movement is the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. This transparent window offers a glimpse into the inner workings of the watch, allowing the wearer to witness the intricate ballet of components as they interact to keep time ticking. The exhibition case back is not merely a practical feature; it's a bridge between the wearer and the craftsmanship that went into creating this timepiece.


Through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back, the wearer can marvel at the meticulous hand-finishing, beveled edges and intricate engravings that adorn the movement's components. The play of light on these surfaces, the precision of the cogs and wheels, and the rhythmic motion of the balance wheel create a hypnotic visual experience that deepens the wearer's connection to the watch.


In essence, the annual calendar, moonphase and radial date display in the Franc Vila Quantieme Annual Calendar Moonphase "Esprit Unique" Limited Edition exemplify the fusion of engineering precision and artistic creativity. It's more than a watch; it's an embodiment of artistic expression, technical innovation and limited-edition luxury. For those who seek not just a timepiece, but an experience of unparalleled craftsmanship and style, this watch stands as an exquisite choice, offering an invitation to immerse yourself in the world of Franc Vila's horological mastery.

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The watch is in overall good condition with light wear throughout commensurate with age. Case is in overall good condition with minor surface wear. Rubber strap has minor signs of stretch and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Dial is in overall good condition. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however, it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


Date, Day of the Week, Month, Moon Phase



Dial Color(s)

Silver, Black

Movement Type


Case Material(s)


Case Size (mm)


Case Back

Secured by screws, Sapphire display-back

Band Material


Dimension Notes

Fits a wrist size of 8 inches or smaller.

Clasp Type


Clasp Material(s)

Stainless Steel


Dial, Case

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