Deep NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite…
Baselworld 2011 – FRANC VILA unveiled a new collection named “Intrepido” which introduces the second evolution of its very characteristic “espirit unique” watchcase design. The new Intrepido collection is features a tourbillon watch as well as a chronograph with complete calendar — both built in new titanium-based nanotechnological materials. This evening I will cover the Tourbillon Intrepido model, including a short “hands on” video, courtesy of Franc Vila.
The FVi Nº 7 Tourbillon Intrepido is an extremely light timekeeper thanks to the use of state of the art high-end performance materials in the movement and case. The Tourbillon Intrepido is a mono-block watchcase made of either “NanoTube Titanium” (35% less dense than regular titanium) or “Deep NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite” material, as are the movement base plate and bridges, while all the screws are made in NanoTube Titanium. I’ll forgive your for thinking this “nanotechnology” stuff is gimmicky, but bear in mind that Vila is a trained chemist who has a great passion for developing and working these case materials — which is why I give him the benefit of the doubt.
Franc Vila FVi Nº 7 Tourbillon Intrepido
Ultra-limited to 8 pieces
“Intrepido” case shape, FV Nº 7 calibre (automatic mechanical), tourbillon with day & night three-dimensional indication (at 9 o’clock), on a black rubber Franc Vila strap
Franc Vila FVi Nº 7 Tourbillon Intrepido Hands-On
Finally, if you have not already seen it, be sure to check out my review of the Franc Vila A8 Big Date Chronograph watch, here.