Introducing the Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity Tourbillon

First look…

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Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity tourbillon dial detail - Perpetuelle

Franck Muller headlines its 2015 collection with the new Vanguard Gravity, an avant-garde timepiece with a new elliptical tourbillon cage crafted in aluminum.   I don’t have all the details yet, but here’s what know as of today.  In keeping with a penchant for the dramatic (you’ve seen the Giga Tourbillon, right?), the Gravity’s innovative 60-second tourbillon occupies the entire lower side of the dial, its cage measuring in at whopping 21.2mm in diameter (the balance wheel is 14mm).   Even better, the owner can select from a palette of 6 colors for the bridge (using PVD technology similar to the Armin Strom Pure,I’d guess).

Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity

44mm x 54mm case (Franck Muller ” Cintrée Curvex” shape, titanium + white or pink gold, 15mm thick), manual-winding FM caliber CS-03 (18,000 vph)

Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity tourbillon - Perpetuelle

Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity tourbillon detail - Perpetuelle

Franck Muller Gravity Tourbillon

There’s a couple more exciting pieces in the 2015 Franck Muller collection, I hope to get a look at least one of them out here shortly before the SIHH madness begins.

Franck Muller Vintage 7-Days Power Reserve

This is the new Franck Muller Vintage (Curvex) 7-Days Power Reserve.  Entirely designed and manufactured in Geneva, it is available in stainless steel or pink gold with either a white or inked enamel dial.  Overall, a beautiful addition to Franck Muller’s famous Vintage collection, though I do find the power reserve display to be  a bit quirky.
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Franck Muller Thunderbolt 5 Second Tourbillon

Franck Muller Group (FMG) recently wrapped up its 4th annual Salon World Première of Haute Horlogerie & Jewellery (WPHH) in Monaco.   Several watches from the different Franck Muller Group brands (Rodolphe, Pierre Kunz, Antoine Martin, et al) were unveiled, but the star of the show undoubtedly goes to the new Franck Muller Tourbillon Rapide Thunderbolt.  This the fastest tourbillon ever, completing a rotation every five seconds!  We’ve got pics and hands on video to show you, on the jump.
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Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon Round

New for 2012, Franck Muller unveils the new version of the “Giga Tourbillon”, a breathtaking timepiece that received widespread attention in 2011, most notably from yours truly (see the first Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon here).  Unlike last year’s tonneau-shaped case with black PVD treatment, this piece is in a round, white gold case — a much better look.  The watch is fitted with an enormous tourbillon — it measures 20 mm in diameter and the tourbillon cage is shaped into the letters “FM”.  The symmetrical skeletonization and finishing of the dial and movement (note the hand-chamfering i.e. beveled edges) completes the look by allowing for full visibility of the dial-side movement (yes, the movement has been reversed).  Speaking of which, the movement delivers a 10-day power reserve via four 16mm barrels (4 mm wider than traditional ones), and the hour-setting and winding section located on the case-back side and the hours hand positioned on top of the minutes hand.   A truly amazing piece!

Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon Round

49mm white gold case, hand-wound manufacture calibre (10-day power reserve, 4 barrells), fitted on black alligator strap

Reference : 7049 T G SQT