Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon (8889 TF SQT BR) Rose Gold Men’s Watch: Review

The mechanical watchmaking complications and movements invented by Franck Muller are developed and designed at the heart of the brand’s own workshops. Along every stage of development and manufacturing, each Franck Muller timepiece is under the wing of this novelty Swiss watchmaker.

Brand: Franck Muller
Type: Grand Complications Fast Tourbillon
Model: 8889 TF SQT BR Rose Gold
Purchase Link: https://www.franckmuller.com/fast-tourbillon/

Size/Specs/Design

Known for their Swiss luxury timepieces that carry the slogan “Master of Complications,” you can expect every Franck Muller watch to be unique and incredible in design and functionality. This 2016 18kt Rose Gold model is among them.

Featuring a stunning 55.05mm x 40.65mm genuine 18kt Rose Gold case, this Franck Muller is a Swiss masterpiece of brilliance and innovative engineering.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size: 55.05mm x 40.65mm
  • Movement: Mechanical
  • Style: Tourbillon
  • Barrels: 4
  • Case Material: 18kt Rose Gold
  • Case Thickness: 13.7mm
  • Case Back: Transparent with Sapphire crystal
  • Crystal:  Anti-Reflective Sapphire
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial Color: Skeleton
  • Bezel: Fixed and Flush with Case — 18kt Rose Gold
  • Band Type: Strap
  • Band Material: Alligator Leather
  • Band Color: Brown
  • Clasp: Gold
  • Power Reserve: Up to 60 hours
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters (99 feet)
  • Functions and Features: Tourbillon, 18kt Rose Gold, Alligator, Mechanical, Skeleton

Power Source

The mechanical caliber with manual self-winding drives the hands and is assembled by the best watchmakers in Switzerland. The “Thunderbolt Tourbillon” in this model is the fastest in the world and rotates once every five seconds. Powered by four barrels and an escapement mechanism that is exclusive to Franck Muller, this timepiece has ultra high-performance precision and a 60 hour power reserve.

The Thunderbolt Tourbillon

The Good

When it comes to ultra high quality luxury watches, it is an understatement to coin certain features as simply “good.” However, we’ll do our best.

Straight from Switzerland, the Franck Muller Fast Tourbillon is a stunning Rose Gold watch with an incredibly elegant look that makes it a modern classic. The watch offers excellent performance and features a harmonious design that shows off the advanced watch technologies the brand has created.

The mechanical movement is the main attraction to this piece and due to the mechanical caliber and addition of four barrels to power the Thunderbolt Tourbillon, the moving parts of this watch function as beautifully as the design does.

The use of anti-reflective, high-strength Sapphire glass makes a huge difference in how the skeleton dial is displayed from the front and back of this model. The watch dial is skeletonized but largely Rose Gold / Pink Gold in color with an outstanding view of the inner movement. The only timekeeping functions to this watch are the hour and minute, but this ultra luxury watch was not intended to offer every complication under the sun — it was intended to debut the fastest tourbillon in the world in a spectacular fashion.

The black dial hands are simple but elegant, and use the very thin white strip that makes up the outer dial to mark the time. This thin strip features only black hour and minute markings that one does not notice until you really take a good look. This is a plus since it does not distract from the incredible design or dial transparency.

Finally, the Alligator strap is a gorgeous brown color that has perfect color dimension and pattern. Complete with a gold clasp, this Franck Muller is an outstanding example of ultra luxury.

The Bad

As a $300,000 timepiece, I would have hoped that the water resistance would be better. More for protection than use in water, a 30 meter (99 feet) water resistance is not safe enough for wearing this watch near water.

Functionality

The functionality of this ultra luxury watch is perfect. The four barrel self-winding mechanical movement is an in-house exclusive to this watch, as is the escapement mechanism. All mechanical parts do their job well and keep ultra precise time.

The case is made from 18kt Rose Gold and features a brushed finish. With extra-hardened, anti-reflective Sapphire crystal protecting both the front of the dial and the case backing, this watch is well protected from scratches and dings.

The Highlights

Called a “Thunderbolt Tourbillon,” this tourbillon is the fastest in the world and completes one rotation in five seconds. It is powered by four barrels and has an exclusive escapement mechanism that is completely reversed from traditional ones.

The unique setup of this tourbillon means it takes up less energy than a conventional tourbillon and this allowed Muller to incorporate multiplying gears in the goingtrain in order to speed up the tourbillon without compromising the balance. The in-house capabilities of this brand’s creation of a tourbillon powered by four barrels is spectacular.

Looking at the beautifully shaped 18kt Rose Gold case, this Franck Muller is certainly a timepiece that has gone above and beyond what most luxury brands would attempt. The design, the mechanisms, and the materials used are of the best quality and you can be certain that this watch is a real modern, innovative, and exceptional Swiss timepiece.

Pricing

You can head to Franck Muller’s website and find a boutique or make a price inquiry at the following link. However, the retail price is known to be $300,000 for this Franck Muller timepiece — you may be able to purchase one brand new for a bit less but be sure to purchase it from a reputable retailer.

Franck Muller Link: https://www.franckmuller.com/fast-tourbillon/

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