John and I, this time sitting side-by-side, discuss an array of new and interesting watches. Next week, I will be out of town at SIHH 2010, but weeks after that will be rich with content from the show!
We talk about pick-up artists and how watches are used in that artistry. A Franck Muller Watch Prices Singapore $2.7 million watch, currently the world’s most complicated watch. We talk about a minimalist chronograph and Tokyo Flash. Ariel likes a new Jean-Baptiste Viot and we discuss, along with Thomas Prescher’s new Tempusvivendi Qatar Watch.
Franck Muller is an independent watch manufacturer based in 1991, meaning that the brand is 25 years old this year. Over time, they have have amazed enthusiasts and collectors with their bold and brash watches and ranges. Longtime watch enthusiasts will surely remember the launching of this bonkers Aeternitas Mega 4 in 2010, a super complicated watch which has 36 complications and above 1,400 components. Even now, the Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon watch still boasts the largest tourbillon mechanism in any wristwatch, so let’s take a closer look at some of them here.Franck Muller published the very first of its Giga Tourbillon watches in 2011, and it was developed to be a showcase of this brand’s expertise in motion design and production. The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon is so known due to its substantial tourbillon mechanism, naturally. And in case you were wondering, the tourbillon cage measures a whopping 20mm in diameter. That is nearly double the size of the majority of tourbillons found in different watches, and nearly half the diameter of many watches! Also impressive is the way the tourbillon cage is marked with the brand’s initials, FM.It’s a stunning accomplishment, particularly once you consider the total amount of energy that is required to reestablish a tourbillon of the size. To accomplish this, Pierre-Michel Golay, the master watchmaker in Franck Muller, determined that he needed to fit no fewer than four barrels into the watch. Not just that, the barrels had to be bigger than conventional ones, and ultimately they measured over 16mm at a diameter, almost rivaling the width of the tourbillon itself. Eventually, the four barrels were connected in series plus it gave the move a resulting power reserve of 240 hours, or 10 days, which I believe you will agree is impressive thinking about the substantial size of this tourbillon.
MB&F’s new HM2 Sapphire Vision.
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