The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon is an exceptionally intricate timepiece with an impressive functionality and unique design. It represents, almost, everything a watch passionate person could ever desire.
The newest version of the Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon is an amazing novelty within the industry, the result of the extensive work of a skilled team of watchmaking master minds. In every aspect, this watch is a remarkable technical achievement, the proof that when there is an extraordinary vision and expertise there are no boundaries to what you can accomplish.
The Giga Tourbillon is operated by four barrels that provide more power to the watch. The way the barrels are disposed is really impressing. They are first paired in series to offer double energy to the operating reserve and then they are assembled parallel to one another to double the power of the mechanism. To generate the constant force needed for its movement, the barrels are 4 mm wider than the traditional ones and have a diameter of 16 mm. This exceptional mechanism is capable of ensuring a 9-day operating reserve which is displayed in the window located at the 12 o’clock position.
Another innovation of the movement used on the Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon is the fact that it has been reversed. The bridges are placed on the dial side, the winding section and hour setting are positioned at the base whereas the hour hand is located above the minute hand. And, of course, as the name also suggests, the distinctive touch of this watch is the incredibly large 20 mm diameter Tourbillon that represents almost half of the dial.
Franck Muller also offers a skeleton version of the Giga Tourbillon. This design variation impresses with a sophisticated mix between traditional rigidity and aesthetic innovations that enhance the appeal of the highly technical mechanism. It is a perfectly balanced blend of classic and modern style.
The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon was designed and constructed in Switzerland where all luxury timepieces are born and the technical performances of its whirlwind mechanism defy the laws of physics and impresses with a remarkable precision.
Franck Muller is a relatively recent Swiss manufacturer. The brand was founded in 1991, but it has managed to quickly build a Swiss heritage that is comparable with the one of many other extremely famous and much older Swiss watchmaking companies. The secret of its success was to compensate its lack of tradition with a remarkable ingenuity. Franck Muller was among the first brands that have designed a timepiece that had a tourbillon which was visible from the front. Back then, horologists used to manufacture watches in which the tourbillon could only be seen from the back. The brand has used this significant detail and it has turned it into a real marketing asset. The company’s slogan is “Master of Complications” and every year it launches new and uniquely intricate models that impress with their degree of functional and aesthetic complexity.
The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon has one of the biggest incorporated tourbillons that are available on wristwatches. This oversized mechanism powers the watch for about 10 days. The timepiece was designed for those watches enthusiasts who adore complications and an extensive reserve. Of course, it doesn’t come cheap. The model usually costs about $180,000-$200,000 so it is the kind of watch that you will see on the wrists of wealthy people or celebrities. Some of the personalities who own a Giga Tourbillon are Demi Moore, Jose Mourinho, 50 Cent and Elton John.
Franck Muller manufactured the Giga Tourbillon in titanium, stainless steel, platinum and white gold. Upon request, the brand can even enrich its basic design by adding diamonds. The thing about this watch is that it is extremely rare. The company manufactures about one per year as the mechanism is very complex and it takes about 10-12 months to build it. Furthermore, the more expensive versions of the Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon can cost up to $2.5 million.
The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon is one of the most precious and exclusivist timepieces on the market. Its tourbillon mechanism is so intricate and complex to manufacture that the brand makes only one per year. It is not a product destined for the masses, but rather a very extraordinary and rare watch that is available only to the high end watches collector.