FRANCK MULLER

Ae­ter­ni­tas Mega 4 (2009)

Adore Gems & Timepieces - - FEATURE -

Fea­tur­ing a record-set­ting 36 com­pli­ca­tions, 1,483 com­po­nents, 99 ru­bies, a 1,000-year cal­en­dar and five years of work, each Ae­ter­ni­tas Mega 4 takes one watch­maker ap­prox­i­mately six months to as­sem­ble. The chal­lenge for the Gen­thod watch­maker lies in in­cor­po­rat­ing all the com­pli­ca­tions in a sin­gle wrist­watch. The watch fea­tures a West­min­ster-chim­ing grande and pe­tite son­nerie, a large tourbillon vis­i­ble on the dial, a minute re­peater, a mono-pusher split-sec­onds chrono­graph, two 24-hour time zones, a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar, an equa­tion of time, a moon phase dis­play and a power re­serve in­di­ca­tor. En­tirely de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by the Franck Muller group, the Mega 4 is in fact the cul­mi­na­tion of the Ae­ter­ni­tas project. While the re­search and de­vel­op­ment depart­ment fo­cused on the case vol­ume and shape, the dial also proved to be a chal­lenge to en­sure the dis­play of al­most all of the com­pli­ca­tions at the same time and re­tain high leg­i­bil­ity in line with the de­sign of the var­i­ous mech­a­nisms. The watch’s iconic Cin­trée Curvex case in Pvd-treated white gold mea­sur­ing 42mm by 61mm fea­tures a sap­phire crys­tal case­back en­abling the ob­ser­va­tion of the stun­ning bal­let of har­mo­niously hand-bev­elled, di­a­mond-pol­ished and en­graved pieces of the au­to­matic Cal­i­bre FM 3480 QPSE with mi­cro-ro­tor at six o’clock. Equipped with a dou­ble bar­rel, the move­ment’s first bar­rel guar­an­tees a power re­serve of three days, while the sec­ond bar­rel pro­vides 24 hours of en­ergy for the son­nerie.

The world’s most com­pli­cated wrist­watch

Price: US$2.7 mil­lion

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