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 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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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
Here’s a look at Franck Muller’s contribution for the 2011 ONLY Watch charity auction — named “Totally Switzerland”, this is a unique take on one of Muller’s most famous watches, the Crazy Hours. I’ve also included a 19-second video demonstrating how Muller’s hallmark “Crazy Hours” watch works — basically the watch keeps normal time, but the hour markers are randomly placed — it’s crazy! Click here to see all of my ONLY Watch 2011 previews.
Franck Muller Totally Switzerland for ONLY WATCH 2011
35.2mm x 59.2mm white gold case (13.3mm thick), automatic mechanical movement, translucent lacquered red dial, hand-sewn red alligator strap
Demonstration of how a Franck Muller Crazy Hour watch works: