The Giga Tourbillon, an exceptional timepiece from the House of Franck Muller, illustrates the expertise of its research and development team. As the name suggests, it bears the world’s largest tourbillon.
A sheer technical marvel powered by four barrels, it embraces a 20 mm diameter tourbillon on the dial that occupies almost half of the watch.
Evolving from this colossal tourbillon, the new ‘Alcatraz’ collection evokes the same reverence. Marked with a robust diamond-studded cage structure, it further boosts the brilliance of the Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon.
The barrels are first paired in series to double the operating reserve and then assembled parallel to one another so that the power of the movement is doubled. The barrels, with a diameter of 16 mm, are 4mm wider than traditional ones resulting in an almost constant force needed to operate the meticulous Giga Tourbillon.
Another special feature is that this exceptional movement has been reversed in order to make it even more striking. Its bridges are placed on the dial side, the hour setting and winding section located at the base and the hour hand is uniquely positioned on the minute hand.
The skeletonized version that combines aesthetics with rigidity reveals a high technical finesse and perfectly balanced styling. Glimpses of the movement sieves through the striking cage placed above.
Available in an 18 carat gold case, the Franck Muller Alcatraz watch is also seen in a simple non-skeletonized version.
Model: Franck Muller Alcatraz
Ref 8889 T G SQT ALC D10 CD
Caliber: FM 2100TS
Movement: Manually-wound mechanical movement, 4 barrels , hands de-centered
Movement Dimensions: Width: 34.40 mm x Length: 41.40 mm x Height : 8.50 mm
Tourbillon: On ceramic ball bearing, tourbillon with diameter Ø 20 mm, balance wheel of Ø 16.7 mm with adjustment screws in gold
Display: Hours, minutes, power reserve
Power Reserve: 9 days
Frequency: 18’000 vibrations/ hour
Number of Components: 259
Number of Jewels: 29
Movement Decoration: Engraving, circular graining, rhodium plating, hand-beveling
Functions: Winding-stem in two positions
Dimensions: Width: 43.70 mm x Length: 59.20 mm x Height: 14.00 mm
Case type: Cintrée Curvex in 18 carat red gold with diamonds
Full set diamonds: 797 pcs (8.49 carats)
Water-resistance: 3 ATM
Dial & Cage
Skeleton dial and Cage with full set diamonds: 183 pcs (1.26 carats)
Hand-sewn black alligator strap