CURVEX BIG BEN, REFERENCE 5850 AL
PINK GOLD TONNEAU-SHAPED ALARM WRISTWATCH,
Calibre: manual winding, 26 jewels
Case: 18ct pink gold, back secured by 4 screws
Case number: limited edition number 30
Closure: brown Franck Muller alligator leather strap with Franck Muller 18ct pink gold pin buckle
Dimensions: 32mm width x 39mm length
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Franck Muller undated certificate, instructions document and leather document holder
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Please note, Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
DIAL: dial and hands in very good condition
CASE: in very good condition, with one scratch to the case profile at 9 o'clock, minor scarce scratches to the bezel. Hallmarks are fully legible, back bears remnants of the factory sticker. Signed pin buckle is in very good condition.
MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, alarm is functional.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
**Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.***
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
Franck Muller launched the Big Ben Alarm during the late 1990s as a homage to the World-famous London parliamentary clock. The present timepiece illustrates the brand's signature design cues such as the tonneau-shape case in a pink gold livery and a strikingly curved salmon dial, displaying 6 symmetrically laid-out and oversized painted numerals. The alarm system is independently wound and set with the top crown for practicality and ease of use.
The present timepiece is in excellent condition, bearing remnants of the factory sticker to its back. This model is rarely seen on the auction market and this is therefore a great opportunity to acquire an elegantly sized classic with alarm.