Imperial Tourbillon, Reference 5850T A yellow gold tourbillon wristwatch, Circa 2005 | Imperial Tourbillon 型號5850T | 黃金陀飛輪腕錶，約2005年製
Imperial Tourbillon, Reference 5850T
A yellow gold tourbillon wristwatch, Circa 2005
Imperial Tourbillon 型號5850T
Calibre: mechanical, 19 jewels
Case: 18k yellow gold, sapphire crystal display back secured 4 screws
Case number: 16
Closure: black unsigned leather strap and 18k yellow gold Franck Muller buckle
Size: 38.5 mm length x 31.5 mm width
Signed: case, dial and movement
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The case with minor surface wear to the band. The case back with little wear. Otherwise the watch is in excellent overall condition.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"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."
Living up to their reputation as the “Masters of Complications,” Franck Muller, over the years, has attempted and succeeded at bringing to the world some of the most complicated wristwatches ever seen. The early 1990s saw for an increased demand for extravagant, contemporary, and utterly unique timepieces. Though only founded relatively recently in 1991, the brand quickly established itself as a quality watchmaker alongside the big-league brands.
Confirming their status as craftsmen of complicated timepieces is the Imperial Tourbillon 5850T. The powerhouse unit of this piece is the caliber 6617 featuring a minute-tourbillon regulator with a lateral lever escapement. Put on full display through a window at the 6 o’clock position and additionally through the sapphire exhibition caseback, the intricate hand-engraved movement is made visible to the wearer. Housing the complications is a stunning tonneau-shaped 18k yellow gold case, silvery-white guilloche sun-stamped dial, and black applied Breguet numerals—a highly versatile aesthetic ensemble suitable for occasions both casual and classy.