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FRANCK MULLER. A VERY EXCEPTIONAL PLATINUM TONNEAU-SHAPED DUAL AXIS TOURBILLON RETROGRADE WRISTWATCH
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FRANCK MULLER. A VERY EXCEPTIONAL PLATINUM TONNEAU-SHAPED DUAL AXIS TOURBILLON RETROGRADE WRISTWATCH

SIGNED FRANCK MULLER, GENEVE, MODEL REVOLUTION 2 TOURBILLON, CAL. 2003, NO. 00, 2003

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FRANCK MULLER. A VERY EXCEPTIONAL PLATINUM TONNEAU-SHAPED DUAL AXIS TOURBILLON RETROGRADE WRISTWATCH
Signed Franck Muller, Geneve, Model Revolution 2 Tourbillon, Cal. 2003, No. 00, 2003

With engraved nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, engine-turned aubergine dial, the one minute tourbillon carriage with mono-metallic compensation balance within a tonneau-shaped tourbillon cage with cylindrical brass gear perpendicular to the tourbillon cage turning one revolution in 8 minutes, luminous Arabic numerals and hands, sector for retrograde seconds at 7 and sector for retrograde 8-minute carriage counter at 5, in large tonneau-shaped case with a small protuberance to the glazed display back secured by four screws, together with a platinum Franck Muller buckle, case, dial and movement signed
48 mm. long and 15 mm. thick

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Lot Essay

US$150,000-250,000

The "Revolution 2" exists in a sequence of innovative tourbillons by Franck Muller that represent the pinnacle of the company's production: the "Revolution 1", introduced in 2002, "Revolution 2", first unveiled in April of 2003, the "Revolution 3", released in 2004 and the "Evolution" in 2005. The "Revolution 2" represents the first dual axis tourbillon wherein the balance wheel is horizontal making the balance staff vertical allowing the carriage to turn on a different axis. The normal tourbillon carriage revolves once per minute while the perpendicular carriage takes eight minutes to complete the cycle and the rotation time can be read on the retrograde sector at 5 o'clock. This masterful example of watchmaking is contained within Muller's hallmark case design of tonneau-form known as the Cintree Curvex, inspired by the barrel-shaped wristwatches that first appeared in the 1920's.

The present watch represents the first appearance of the "Revolution 2" at auction. Produced in a very small numbers, this watch, No. 00 was rumoured to have been reserved for Franck Muller himself.

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