Franck Muller is an independent watch brand founded in 1991, meaning that the brand is 25 years old this year. Over the years, they have have amazed enthusiasts and collectors with their bold and brash watches and collections. The early part of this decade was arguably the brand’s most fertile period. Longtime watch enthusiasts will surely remember the launch of the bonkers Aeternitas Mega 4 in 2010, a super complicated watch that has 36 complications and over 1,400 components. And a year later, it was followed by its attention-grabbing Giga Tourbillon watch. Even today, 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 limited edition fake watches released the first of its Giga Tourbillon watches in 2011, and it was designed to be a showcase of the brand’s expertise in movement design and manufacturing. The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon is so called because of its large tourbillon mechanism, of course. And in case you were wondering, the tourbillon cage measures a whopping 20mm in diameter. That’s nearly double the size of most tourbillons found in other watches, and nearly half the diameter of many watches! Also impressive is how the tourbillon cage is marked with the brand’s initials, FM.
It’s a stunning achievement, especially when you consider the amount of energy that is required to animate a tourbillon of that size. To accomplish this, Pierre-Michel Golay, the master watchmaker at Franck Muller, decided that he had to fit no fewer than four barrels into the watch. Not only that, the barrels had to be larger than conventional ones, and in the end they measured over 16mm in a diameter, almost rivaling the diameter of the tourbillon itself. Eventually, the four barrels were connected in series and it gave the movement a resultant power reserve of 240 hours, or 10 days, which I think you will agree is impressive considering the substantial size of the tourbillon.
The Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon movement replica watches UK are christened the FM 2100, and it is made out of 240 components, 29 jewels, and it beats at a leisurely 18,000 vibrations per hour. It has been skeletonized so as to show off its inner workings, and to make it even more impressive, the movement is actually mounted in reverse. This means that the winding mechanism is behind and the bridges are in front. All the better to show off the movement’s design and finishing. And as you would expect, all variations of the FM 2100 caliber have been finished to a high standard with features like brushed finishings on the bridges, chamfered edges, and polished screw heads.
The end result is a truly impressive and imposing-looking movement. And this is made even more so when it is housed within Franck Muller’s signature Cintrée Curvex tonneau-shaped case. This brings me neatly to the first watch I want to highlight here, the reference 8889 T G SQT BR5N.