In 2008, Franc Villa introduced the Fva N0 6 Tourbillon Planetaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept at the Baselworld. This movement introduced an Aluminium-Lithium based alloy christened “lightnium” for the first time. Lightnium is a low density metal used in the art aeronautical engineering. While light, the metal is extremely strong and durable. The movement was created with not only aesthetics in mind but also technical prowess, durability, and strength. With this watch, Franc Villa wanted to create “a contemporary skeleton tourbillon which evokes the senses with clear influences of contemporary art, design and modern architecture.”
The mechanism was conceived with modern architecture in mind, which as mentioned above, uses extremely low density material. The lightness of the metal used allows for the movment to work without being affected too much by inertial forces. The design and materials used in this mechanism makes this tourbillon one of the strongest skeleton watches out there.
The case of this Tourbillon is made of black titanium that has the signature Franc Villa elliptical and circular bezel. The crystal covering the dial and caseback are made of sapphire that is treated with double sided anti-glare. This case is water resistant to 100 meters. Inside this case is the movement that powers this watch, which is the FV N0 6 mechanical movement. This movement is manually wounded and incorporates 33 rubies. The flying tourbillon has inertial moment control mechanism and wheel differential system. The bridge of the tourbillon and plate are made of the metal “Lightnium.” This mechanism is manufactured by hand and is hand decorated. The functions of this movement include hour, minutes, and power reserve. The dial of the watch is a transparent sapphire with hour and minute indications. The power reserve indication can be seen located at the 9 o’clock position.
The watch case come in various forms, which include Black DieHard Extreme Steel, DieHard Extreme Steel, red gold, white gold, Titanium & Gold or Titanium & DieHard Extreme Steel or Black DieHard Extreme Steel. The Franc Vila Concept Tourbillon Planetaire Skeleton SuperLigero is an ultra-limited edition with only 8 pieces available.
Franc Vila Concept Tourbillon Planetaire Skeleton SuperLigero
Black titanium with special “Esprit Unique” shape
Other versions: steel, black PVD steel, 18k pink, and white gold; Two-toned case – titanium and 18k gold, titanium and black steel, or titanium and steel.
Elliptical and Circular bezel
Sapphire crystal with double anti-glare coating
Water-resistant to 100 meters
Flying tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock position
Black rubber strap