Franck Muller makes statement watches par excellence, as exemplified by the Thunderbolt Tourbillon. The first thing you notice is, of course, the case. The big gold curvex shape certainly makes an impression on the wrist, and shows the hand-finished, skeletonised movement in the best possible light. The manually wound movement has a mighty four barrels, allowing for eight days of power reserve. That said, the real star of the show is the tourbillon. When you’re playing at this level of horology, tourbillons are par for the course, but Franck Muller’s master watchmaker Pierre-Michel Golay has taken the Thunderbolt’s to the next level. Most tourbillons make a full revolution every 60 seconds – this one does it in five, not only making it the fastest tourbillon in the world, but also one of the most mesmerising.
Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon pricing
The Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon, 238,000 CHF, is a limited production piece.