The Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 I’ve considered not a grail, but rather a fantasy, really. Not that I have ever looked for this specifically, but I have not stumbled upon it everywhere online, besides once featured with the company’s official photos. Meanwhile, as years passed, I’ve actually worn or seen from the wild most of the craziest watches the horological world has managed to bring to this world. The Aeternitas Mega 4 has been, however, nowhere to be seen — at least those areas of the world which I frequented. The Miraculous Encounter happened suddenly on the final day of our SIHH 2018 trip this January, when this watch just… seemed. I was baffled, but not baffled enough to overlook calling first dibs before proceeding to take hands-on pictures of this monster myself. Here’s how the Aeternitas Mega 4 seemed and felt just like in the actual world.
The Fundamentals of the complexities. 36 complications, 23 indications via 18 hands and 5 discs, 1,483 components, 99 jewels, 91 wheels (!) , 7 pushers and 4 correctors, five decades of preparation and, apparently, a complete year to build… Oh, and also a price tag of about $2.7 million. All these are the figures that the Franck Muller vanguard replica watches Aeternitas Mega 4 shocked the world with in the end of 2009 — even if watches with well over 1,000 parts had existed prior to it.
I want to explain that the amount of complexity in a watch could be measured in more than a few different ways — from element count through number of complications, signs, complexities and novelty-factor of indications, durability, degree and complexity of decorations and so on. Therefore, I won’t call this the most complex ever — although it had been widely considered as such at the time of its launch — because it is a claim easy to undermine by mentioning different watches that are, in their own right, as worthy of the most superb of superlatives. Another important matter to think about is the way the Aeternitas Mega 4 includes 36 complications but
''"just”” 23 signals. This is because, as you’ll see from the listing below, the list of complications contains mechanical complexities which leave a feature more complex/different than it basically would be, thus adding to the entire figure of complications — although not always to the amount of indications (e.g. flying tourbillon counts two since it’s a tourbillon that is of those”flying” arrangement with no upper bridge holding down it ).
The FM3480 QPSE is your all you can eat buffet of fine watchmaking complications. To put it differently, the motion is about precisely the same size as a small, tonneau dress watch all cased up — except for the fact that it is much, considerably heavier. I have to say, I’m slightly disappointed that Franck Muller master banker fake watches didn’t include the entire list of complications in letters to the name of the caliber — Patek style — because I would have loved to find an FM3480
The fun starts when you are handed the watch and feel its weight. The weight is absolutely astounding and it seems great in a strange, curiously awkward manner. Well, I don’t believe a fair mind — or perhaps a severely intoxicated one, for that matter — could disregard the sensation that this watch supplies on the wrist. It’s so heavy and debilitating that you’re continuously conscious of its thickness (to not bump it into things) and its own weight… It is the watch-equivalent of The Mountain’s unnecessarily big broadsword — that’s a Game of Thrones mention you are encouraged to disregard, only think of a huge ass sword.
You realize fun has only elevated into a whole other level as soon as you lift your wrist away from you. Hand on heartI can say I was shocked (and exceptionally amused) at this sight for 2 reasons: 1) I have never seen a watch with all the proportions of a sausage dog on my wrist and two ) the opinion felt so stable and appeared comfy on the wrist that I just simply was not expecting to find this type of height associated with that. It literally is a trick in brain when you rotate your wrist away from you and discover the thickness — I did it countless times and each time as the apartment, OK-looking dial started rotating off from me, I could feel my mind panicking as it struggled to understand what it had been looking at. It is completely crazy.
On the image above, you can see this ~1 lb (that is a guesstimate) watch hanging flush against my wristin a vertical position. The watch wasn’t dragging itself down around my wrist — nah, instead, it was yanking my whole arm. This is to state that with intelligently picked drill-points for your strap’s spring pubs a watch with ab-friggin-solutely gargantuan proportions can be held comfortably and securely around the wrist. This is merely a heads-up to luxury desk diver’s watches, and all the other people: if this monster may sit nice on the wrist, you have no excuse to not be fantastically comfortable every moment, all of the time.
I encourage all to try to decide on their own which side of this Franck Muller long island clone watch Aeternitas Super 4 is more mad. The dial, with its 18 hands and 5 disks, or even the case-back with its level 9000 maze of cams, wheels, gears, plates, bridges, and so on. Strangely, the sole legibility issue of this dial comes in the poorly AR-coated curved crystal — I know curved crystals will always reflect a wider field of view on what’s behind/above the wearer of this watch… But I do not believe I could get a completely (or close to it) clear look at the entire dial at precisely the same time. The signs are laid out quite intelligently with a wise use of blue and crimson making the various indications super easy to distinguish. I am not going to even attempt to describe where what’s on the dial — please only refer to the chart shared on the previous page to identify the individual functions.
The caseback perspective from afar is remarkably clean. Though I am certain that you could have the white golden framework of the sapphire caseback engraved with private texts or show-off engravings of a number of the see’s specs, I think the vertically brushed bit frames the super busy movement in a rather classy way. This specific example, even though it definitely impressed me with its visual sophistication, revealed to have lived a somewhat tougher lifetime: this particular piece was introduced by someone from the brand and therefore, by the signs of wear on the movement, I will head out on a limb and state this piece must have been disassembled and re-assembled several times . Given that this is not a client’s piece, the fabrication can do anything they want with it and not spend hours (or days) cleaning every last little scratch or dirt from the countless bits that are on show on the caseback’s side — this, in my novel, and because this was not an official event or showing of the watch, is nice.
I think Franck Muller casablanca diamond replica should earn a sapphire cased version of this as soon as possible — if they are serious about showing this watch off and promoting more of it. On a last note regarding all these complications whom I believe everyone should keep in mind: I did not try 95 percent of the complications in this opinion and so I can not comment on how they work… Honestly, I have no idea, nor statistical information on this, but I would be shocked if all of the complications onto an eye with this amount of complexity consistently functioned well in precisely the same time… and I would be equally shocked if the watch’s owner really realized… But you know what? As much as a sacrilege this might appear to say, I do not think asking this watch to work well for an elongated period is an unreasonable request. As far as I’m concerned, and you might disagree, even if any manufacturer could show me an opinion that had all its functions working at one single moment, I would consider that a great achievement — but wouldn’t cause me to expect it to work all the time. If you think that’s a very low bar of expectations, I guess you’re yet to get a fantastic idea about the incomprehensible intricacies the interaction between tens of thousands and hundreds of components impose.
I’m certainly happy to find that the Aeternitas Mega 4 really exists and I was positively surprised by the thoughtful and sensible design of its own strap and strap integration, wearability, dial design, and also the stark contrast between these and the weight, thickness, and also this shiny-ghastly curved crystal. It is a tour de force that, in the same, is also kind of a parody of the genre which it was designed to, ehm, consummate.