Baselworld 2014 preview…
I’ve long been a fan of small, independent watchmaker Franc Vila and it was a great pleasure to meet with him at Baselworld last year. I’d guess the number of watches he makes in a single year numbers in the hundreds, so he is not widely known, but man does he make some great watches. For this latest version which is of the typical Franc Vila aesthetic, the watch caliber is cased-up in total suspension, stabilized by a clever system of springs (see closeup pic below). This somewhat gives the impression that the caliber is levitating in the dial-free structure. Nice. This “suspension” concept reminds me of something similarly employed by Richard Mille in the RM027 Rafael Nadal.
The watch has a titanium case (Vila’s “espirit unique” style), with elements of carbon fiber in the bezel. The mechanical hand-wound, skeleton-worked FV 18E calibre is entirely assembled and finished by hand and has a ~45 hour power reserve.
As usual, limited to 88 pieces.