Franck Muller Grand Central Tourbillon Watches

The Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex is a signature of the maison since 1991. The first watch designed by Franck Muller Grand Central Tourbillon the watchmaker was a tourbillon in 1983/4, and with this latest introduction, the maison reintroduces its original avant garde flair in an all new grand central tourbillon.
The Franck Muller Grand Central Tourbillon is the world’s first centre tourbillon in a tonneau-shaped case. The result of over a year of industrious research and development: the tourbillon moves from the traditional 6 o’clock position into the centre of the dial. The Grand Central Tourbillon’s hour and minute hands are placed around the central tourbillon cage, drawing attention to the complexity of the movement within.

The tourbillon itself is suspended by a single bridge—which is also shaped to indicate the seconds—and is elevated above the rest of the dial.

While conventionally, a standard minute tourbillon has a cage directly driven by the third wheel, which in turn is driven by the second wheel. As the second wheel’s usual location is right in the middle of the movement, having to place the carriage’s pivot in the center presented a specific challenge.
The tourbillon rotates in its carriage with a single triangular shaped arm which acts as the seconds hand. The Franck Muller Grand Central Tourbillon is also raised from the curved dial. Inspired by the Clous de Paris pattern, the Grand Central Tourbillon’s dial features a new guilloché with a spiral effect that accentuates the rotational movement of the centre tourbillon.

The instantly recognisable Cintrée Curvex case has long been synonymous with Franck Muller Grand Central Tourbillon for nearly three decades and remains an icon to this day. Available in a variety of metals from titanium to white gold, the case measures 40.16 mm in width, 58.70 mm in length and 16.63 mm in thickness.
The galvanised brass guilloché dial is painstakingly coated with 20 layers of translucent lacquer, topped off by Franck Muller’s signature oversized art deco indices, carefully applied by hand.
The watch wears large, housing the massive complication and providing enough depth for the curved sapphire crystal. Considering how the glass is angled, it may take some getting used to the reflectiveness and distortion of view from certain angles for those new to the curvex design.
The watch uses the MVT FM CX 40T-CTR movement which beats at a low 18000 vph and has 4 days power reserve. The movement is self winding, achieved using a micro rotor layout which also gives a viewer a better view of the well decorated plates and bridges of the movement.
While there is no doubt the central tourbillon is a complication in its own right, the complication to relocate it to the center yields little benefit from a time telling technical perspective. Then again, the whole spiel of a more accurate time keeping using a tourbillon is controversial as well. Ultimately, a tourbillon timepiece is an aesthetic pursuit and that should limit the scope of one’s judgement of this timepiece.

Overall, the watch bears hallmarks of a well made, hand finished haute horologerie timepiece, with an eye capturing central tourbillon floating above the dial. It’s undoubtedly a love it or hate it watch, considering the case shape and loud size, which makes it hard for anyone to sit on the fence about it. Other central tourbillons available today are the De Ville Master Chronometer Tourbillon by Omega and Beat Haldimann’s H1 Flying Central Tourbillon introduced in 2002. Beat claimed his was the first flying central tourbillon which hovered over the dial.

Being the first seems to be an important thing for many brands, and for Franck Muller, it also claims to be the first with the specific combination of a central tourbillon in a tonneau shaped case, and we believe this is a true statement.

Franck Muller Grand Central

Franck Muller presents Grand Central, an exceptional complication watch with a spectacular Tourbillon placed at the center of the timepiece.
In addition to this attractive and surprising decentering, Franck Muller designers and watchmakers had to find an innovative system to display the time in the center of the watch. Thus, they found an innovative way to place the hour and second hands around the Tourbillon cage, highlighting the beauty of the piece. Extremely rare for a Franck Muller Tourbillon collection, the watch holds a self-winding movement, thanks to an eccentric micro rotor, offering 4 days of power reserve.
This beautiful central Tourbillon is housed in a redesigned Cintrée Curvex

 case where the sapphire crystal extends all the way to the bracelet, giving much greater visibility to the dial. Furthermore, the bezel which is separate from the case, allows beautiful two-tone treatments.
This design totally changes the aspect of the original Cintrée Curvex and fully highlights the beautiful curves of the watch. It also gives full visibility to the dial by limiting the amount of material used on the sides which is technically very difficult to achieve and giving the case a new modern line of life.
The open back allows to admire the pure traditional decorations as the Côte de Genève.
The Franck Muller Grand Central Tourbillon is an outstanding new collection, where the Tourbillon is in the spotlight, placed at the center of the timepiece. This beautiful central Tourbillon is housed in a redesigned Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex
In addition to this attractive and surprising decentering, Franck Muller designers and watchmakers had to find an innovative system to display the time in the center of the watch. Thus, they found an innovative way to place the hour and second hands around the Tourbillon cage, highlighting the beauty of the piece. Extremely rare for a Franck Muller Tourbillon collection, the watch holds a self-winding movement, thanks to an eccentric micro rotor, offering 4 days of power reserve.

Regarding the case, it has been redesigned so that the sapphire crystal goes all the way to the bracelet. The bezel which is separate from the case, allowing two-tone treatments. This design totally changes the aspect of the original Cintrée Curvex and fully highlights the beautiful curves of the watch. It also gives full visibility to the dial by limiting the amount of material used on the sides which is technically very difficult to achieve and giving the case a new modern line of life. case. One of the complexities  of the collection, lies in the fact that we had to totally rethink the watch in order to move the Tourbillon from its original position at 6 o’clock to the center of the watch. 
In addition to this attractive and surprising decentering, Franck Muller designers and watchmakers had to find an innovative system to display the time in the center of the watch. Thus, they found an innovative way to place the hour and second hands around the Tourbillon cage, highlighting the beauty of the piece. Extremely rare for a Franck Muller Tourbillon collection, the watch holds a self-winding movement, thanks to an eccentric micro rotor, offering 4 days of power reserve.

Regarding the case, it has been redesigned so that the sapphire crystal goes all the way to the bracelet. The bezel which is separate from the case, allowing two-tone treatments. This design totally changes the aspect of the original Cintrée Curvex and fully highlights the beautiful curves of the watch. It also gives full visibility to the dial by limiting the amount of material used on the sides which is technically very difficult to achieve and giving the case a new modern line of life.

Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Watch

Franck Muller unveils its new timepiece dedicated to the world. Inspired by the dynamic Vanguard collection, the Yachting Collection develops a new creative vision of time with its nautical details. The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Watch features all the seafaring details: from the deep blue to the wind rose adorning the dial everything reminds us the sea world. The distinct Vanguard numerals perfectly complement the audacious design of the dial and enhance its high legibility.
Sporting either an automatic movement or a manual one, the line is available in titanium, 18 carat gold and stainless steel and is further seen in four variants – classic, chronograph, tourbillon and Gravity tourbillon. This timepiece is the ideal sporty watch for the owners of a yacht as the two universes share the same elegance and technical features. Each watch comes with a hand-sewn alligator or nylon strap with rubber inside. Global precision meets yachting sport design in this avant-garde artwork.
Perfectly complementing the Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Watch collection, Franck Muller unveils its new Crazy Hours timepiece dedicated to the sea world. Showing hour numerals in the most unconventional order, the Crazy Hours is one of the most emblematic complication of Franck Muller brand.
The collection offers a unique reading of time, thanks to a patented mechanism, that allows the hour hand to cleverly jump from one hour to the next in the correct order. Meanwhile, the minute hand follows a conventional 60-minute cycle revolving around the dial. The timepiece shows a creative vision of time, offering emotions to the owner through its clever and complex mechanism.
The timepiece features all the seafaring details, from the deep blue to the wind rose adorning the dial. The Vanguard numerals perfectly complement the audacious design of the dial and enhance its high legibility.

The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Watch Crazy Hours is the ideal sporty watch for sea lovers, who want to make the most of the time they spend in their boat. Time becomes become a personal and individual value, is ultimately what one makes of it when you are on the sea.

Replica Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember

While Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember has often astounded us with breathtaking high-complications and world premieres, Franck Muller’s latest offering is, shall we say, a lot more technically restrained.

The Remember watch is a playful, yet sentimental take on time, with the numbers read in reverse. Sure, it’s not as technically complex as, say, a tourbillon, which Franck Muller is known for, the Remember certainly lacks nothing in the poetic department. Full of romance and charm, the watch appeals very much to one’s sense of nostalgia. And although it appears like such a simple idea, you can’t help but wonder why no one (as far as we know, anyway) has thought of it before.
That it’s a Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember creation should come as no surprise, though. After all, this is the brand that devised the Crazy Hours watch, a jumping hour complication where the numbers on the dial are placed in a seemingly random order.

Conceived while founder Muller was on vacation in Mauritius, the Crazy Hours complication sees the hour numerals placed at an arc roughly 150 degrees away from the preceding number, so the hour hand snaps almost halfway across the dial with the advance of each hour while the minute hand moves conventionally.

With the Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember watch, all three hands journey in an anti-clockwise direction, giving you the illusion that time is moving backwards. This is seen most clearly through the sweep seconds hand, which gracefully glides around the dial in reverse.
Admittedly, correctly reading the time takes a little getting used to, especially since it differs from the Crazy Hours complication where the minute hand moves clockwise. But then again, part of the appeal is really looking at time in a different way, isn’t it? If you still get confused though, the brand recommends looking at the watch through a mirror to see the correct time. It’s a stretch, we know, but this is really for watch buffs seeking something less conventional.

Aesthetically, the Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Remember watch adheres very much to Franck Muller’s brand DNA, with the Cintrée Curvex case, emblematic font and guilloche sun pattern stamped on its dial. Painstakingly finished with 20 layers of enamel, the dial also features a sprinkling of hologram numbers in the same signature font.

Available only in 18K rose gold for now, it would be lovely if the Remember watch could evolve into a full-fledged collection, much like the Crazy Hours. Different executions, a date display, and maybe even a tourbillon would grow the collection nicely. But for now, we’re happy just to sit back, reminisce about days gone by and just enjoy this beautiful complication.

Franck Muller X BWD Crazy Hours Snoopy

A watch like no other – Franck Muller X BWD Crazy Hours Snoopy Watch Department Snoopy inspired Crazy Hours. This Snoopy-inspired watch, on the famous Franck Muller Crazy Hours model, is full of unique characteristics. As the name Crazy Hours suggests, the hour numerals on the dial are not in the traditional order. In fact, most of this watch is untraditional in the most playful and eye-catching way.
Featuring Snoopy on the dial, the complex and clever mechanical movement which allows the hour hand to jump to the next in the correct order, is further highlighted with Snoopy’s arms as the hour and minutes hands.
Snoopy’s faithful sidekick, Woodstock, features twice on the dial and surrounding Snoopyare luminous concentric circles bringing the dial even more to life when in the dark. On a matte black stainless steel case, Snoopy and Woodstock are bold to the eye in black and white on a black dial with grey numerals and text. Paired with a black hand-sewn fabric strap, every part of this design has been carefully, and playfully, designed.
“Working on the Franck Muller X BWD Crazy Hours Snoopy Watch has been so much fun. I cannot stop smiling when I look at this watch as there are so many cool elements to it. Adding Snoopy to this crazy dial and using his arms to point to the numerals is amazing. I love using the iconic concentric circular pattern around Snoopy, and what takes this watch to the next level is the luminous effect used on the dial. I also love having Woodstock in wonderful places throughout this piece. It really is a culmination of so many things I adore. ” George Bamford, Bamford Watch Department
This 25-piece limited edition is housed in a unique box with a splash of colour highlighting the Crazy Hours design, as well as Snoopy and Woodstock making an appearance.
Bamford Watch Department has brought its obsession with Snoopy to a monochrome 25-piece limited edition transformation of Franck Muller’s Crazy Hours.

The world’s most famous beagle graces the dial with his arms forming the hour and minute hands but, this being a Crazy Hours, the hour hand progresses in an erratic jumping manner, keeping track of out-of-sequence arrangement of hour markers. Snoopy is also surrounded by concentric luminous loops which put an after-hours spotlight on the pooch.

Woodstock also appears twice on the dial, perched on the 10 and six o’clock numerals.

“Working on the Franck Muller X BWD Crazy Hours Snoopy Watch has been so much fun,” says George Bamford, founded of Bamford Watch Department. “I cannot stop smiling when I look at this watch as there are so many cool elements to it. Adding Snoopy to this crazy dial and using his arms to point to the numerals is amazing. I love using the iconic concentric circular pattern around Snoopy, and what takes this watch to the next level is the luminous effect used on the dial.”

The case itself is a matte black coated stainless steel, while the watch is secured on a black fabric strap.

Replica Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours

The Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours landed in Melbourne last week, and not only was I fortunate to take a closer look at it, but the kind people at Franck Muller invited me to celebrate it with them at a dining event with some of their important local clients. It was a great opportunity to view the new collection, as well as share a meal with a group of like-minded watch enthusiasts.
There were some special people seated around the dining table, including Franck Muller’s global COO, Nicholas Rudaz, and Franck Muller’s General Manager of Australia, Mr Heng, both of whom enthusiastically shared their passion for mechanical watches and Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours alike. Watches from the new collection were dotted around the room in display cases, as well as a number of pieces from other current collections that are available at boutiques, including the Happy Magpie from the Long Island collection, a charming rectangular watch with an immaculately hand-painted dial.
Unsurprisingly, Nicholas Rudaz was carrying some serious horological heat, with a watch on each wrist. On one wrist, he wore a Franck Muller Crazy Hours, which he described as his “party watch” (and you can’t disagree with him on that), with a pave diamond case and rare dial configuration that shows all of the numerals out of order (as opposed to the more regular production pieces that have the numerals 1, 4, 7 and 10 in their correct positions, which offers some time-telling reference points to its wearer). On his other wrist was a stunningly complicated Franck Muller Vanguard Gravity, featuring an oversized 60-second tourbillon that lackadaisically rotated around the dial.
Adding to the heavyweight watches in the room was a Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire, a watch you’re unlikely to see in a boutique, but a watch that makes a case for being one of the most visually interesting watches on the market. The case is milled from a single piece of sapphire crystal which takes months to machine and polish. Inside the case is an example of what Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours does best – a watchmaking feast for the eyes, thanks to the skeletonised tourbillon movement. As well as the launch of the new Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours collection, Mr Rudaz was also in Australia to deliver a very special watch to a very special client. Suffice to say we’re very jealous.
It was a great night of both company and conversation, and an exciting new collection that celebrates the more sporty side of Franck Muller. Thank you very much to the Franck Muller team for the evening, and I wish Nicholas Rudaz the best for the rest of his journey in Australia.

Replica Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton

Inspired by automotive competition, the Replica Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton collection calls in for a stylish engine-turned skeletonized movement. Designed with features that recall the motorsport engines, the automatic movement and the frame structure of the Vanguard Racing Skeleton have been significantly lightened. In this dynamic, technical materials such as carbon fiber, titanium and aluminum have been chosen..
The Replica Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton features hours, minutes, seconds and date. The central seconds counter, thanks to a smoked sapphire glass, provides an accurate display while allowing great visibility of the movement. The second’s indications start from the bottom instead of the top as in an automobile rev counter, allowing the owner to read the seconds from both ends of the hand.
The white hand with red tip and the bicolor second indications further reinforce the idea of a rev counter, making you want to push the hand into the red zone. To further accentuate the skeleton design, the date numbers have also been fully skeletonized.
The strap is subtly integrated into the case with the help of two unseen screws, instead of the regular spring-bar technique. The rubber inside the strap effortlessly takes the shape of the wrist, combining comfort and aesthetics, while the Alcantara suede reminds the covering of a sports car cockpit.

Both elegant and sporty, the entire Replica Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton line is available in 18k rose gold, stainless steel, titanium and carbon.
Inspired by automotive competition, the Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton collection calls in for a stylish engine-turned skeletonized movement.
As cars tuned for races, the engineers and designers of Franck Muller have reshaped the entire movement to enhance its weight and display properties. Designed with features that recall the motorsport engines, the automatic movement and the frame structure of the Vanguard Racing Skeleton have been significantly lightened. In this dynamic, technical materials such as carbon fiber, titanium and aluminum have been chosen.
The Replica Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton features hours, minutes, seconds and date. The central seconds counter, thanks to a smoked sapphire glass, provides an accurate display while allowing great visibility of the movement. The seconds indications start from the bottom instead of the top as in an automobile rev counter, allowing the owner to read the seconds from both ends of the hand. The white hand with red tip and the bicolor second indications further reinforce the idea of a rev counter, making you want to push the hand into the red zone. To further accentuate the skeleton design, the date numbers have also been fully skeletonized.
The strap is subtly integrated into the case with the help of two unseen screws, instead of the regular spring-bar technique. The rubber inside the strap effortlessly takes the shape of the wrist, combining comfort and aesthetics, while the Alcantara suede reminds the covering of a sports car cockpit.
Designed for competition, remarkably elegant and deliberately sporty, the entire Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton line is available in 18k rose gold, stainless steel, titanium and carbon.

Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Moonphase

Swiss luxury watch brand Franck Muller presents a Moonphase edition from its Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Moonphase collection. In this new integration, the poetic moon phase display founds its place at 6 o’clock. With a self-winding mechanical movement, this mythical and mesmerizing horological complication displays the different cycles of the moon as we see it in the sky, on a guilloché or full diamonds dial.
The Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Moonphase features both dynamic and graceful characteristics. The distinct colored numerals adorning the guilloché dial perfectly complement the sporty and bold design of the case. The watch also comes with diamond-paved dial. Completed by a stylish line on the side of the case, it is soberly and tastefully matching the color of the strap for a most refined taste. The alligator strap with its feminine colored stitches emphasizes this harmony. The Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Moonphase watch is available in stainless steel, rose gold and white gold versions. The watch houses a FM 1000L6 self-winding movement with power reserve of 40h. This movement features decorative techniques like Côtes de Genève, circular graining and rhodium plating.
Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Moonphase – Poetic complication, the moon phase, naturally found its place at 6 o’clock to harmoniously complete the Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Moonphase collection. With a self-winding mechanical movement, this mythical and mesmerizing horological complication displays the different cycles of the moon as we see it in the sky, on a guilloché or full diamonds dial. The Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Moonphase, is a new feminine interpretation, featuring both dynamic and graceful characteristics. The distinct colored numerals adorning the guilloché dial perfectly complement the sporty and bold design of the case. Completed by a stylish line on the side of the case, it is soberly and tastefully matching the color of the strap for a most refined taste. The alligator strap with its feminine colored stitches emphasizes this harmony.

Franck Muller Long Island Watch Replica

The art-deco inspired Franck Muller Long Island a leading collection of Franck Muller. These timepieces boast pure, rectangular shaped case inspired by the sophisticated world of the 1930s. The unique styled numerals on the dial appear both straight and arched
The Franck Muller Long Island is available in various case materials (stainless steel, rose gold, white gold etc) configurations (with and without gem-setting) and straps (bracelet or leather strap).
From the eye-catching Color Dreams numerals, to the elegant diamonds adoring the case and from the colored alligator straps to the flawless dial, every single detail of the Long Island has been designed with care and attention to match the beauty of its owner.

The Franck Muller Long Island, driven by its rectangular shape and numbers has become a leading collection of Franck Muller. From the eye-catching Color Dreams numerals, to the elegant diamonds adoring the case and from the colored alligator straps to the flawless dial, every single detail of the Long Island has been designed with care and attention to match the beauty of its owner.

Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Replica

Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Replica unveils its new timepiece dedicated to the world. Inspired by the dynamic Vanguard collection, the Yachting Collection develops a new creative vision of time with its nautical details. The Yachting watch features all the seafaring details: from the deep blue to the wind rose adorning the dial everything reminds us the sea world. Sporting either an automatic movement or a manual one, the line is available in titanium, 18 carat gold and stainless steel and is further seen in four variants – classic, chronograph, tourbillon and Gravity tourbillon. This timepiece is the ideal sporty watch for the owners of a yacht as the two universes share the same elegance and technical features. Each watch comes with a hand-sewn alligator or nylon strap with rubber inside. Global precision meets yachting sport design in this avant-garde artwork.
Before it introduced the Vanguard line, Franck Muller didn’t have a sports watch collection. The self-styled Master of Complications was then best known for producing hyper-complicated watches such as the Aeternitas, and for putting twists on existing ones like the Master Banker did with its triple time zone display. Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Replica other claim to fame lay in the Cintrée Curvex case – in a market dominated by round watches, the tonneau-shaped Cintrée Curvex was the brand’s bread and butter. This didn’t just buck the trend, but also attested to the case’s unique appeal.
Like the Cintrée Curvex, the Vanguard has a tonneau (French for ‘barrel’) outline that mates flat upper and bottom edges with curved, bulging flanks. The similarities extend to their respective complexities in shape, as each has various curved surfaces that seamlessly meet at the edges to create an intricate, voluminous case. The finishing touches are the watch crystals, which are curved to complement the cases’ individual contours.

The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Replica , however, differentiates itself with a bolder design that translates into a stronger presence on the wrist. This is the result of its tweaked proportions vis-à-vis the Cintrée Curvex, as well as its lack of lugs that consequently allows a larger watch to be worn. Clearly, the Vanguard was intended to be a confident, sporty watch – the younger, more audacious counterpart to its classically-styled sibling.
The Vanguard’s release in 2014 would, on hindsight, turn out to be a watershed moment for the brand. The collection quickly became popular thanks in no small part to its design, which offered an alternative to the Cintrée Curvex – and round watches in general. Its relative accessibility was a draw as well; the Vanguard was a new gateway into the world of Franck Muller that the brand previously lacked.

With a new outlet to flex its creative and technical muscles, Franck Muller wasted no time in bolstering the fledgling line. New materials came to the fore. The Vanguard Carbon Krypton, for instance, debuted a new carbon composite that is laced with specks of Super-Luminova for a case that glows in the dark. Meanwhile, various sporting pursuits inspired sub-lines within the collection, like the golf-themed Vanguard Backswing and its integrated stroke counter, and the Vanguard Skafander dive watch, which has an inner rotating dive bezel that’s actuated via pushers.

Franck Muller’s extended its foray into nautical sports with the introduction of the Vanguard Yachting line in 2016. There’s a clear affinity between the two, steeped in both the sporting and luxury worlds. The Vanguard’s contours and volume evoke a sailboat’s hull too; all that was needed was to tweak the watch’s design minutiae.
In typical Franck Muller style, the Vanguard Yachting comes in myriad colourways – because why not? They are, however, visually coherent as a sub-line due to their common design language. The usage of blue in each reference further reinforces the Yachting line’s identity, which the reference featured here ($32,180) demonstrates.

The most recognisable detail in the Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Replica watch is its compass rose, which sits at the centre of the dial. It’s raised and polished just like the timepiece’s appliqué Arabic numeral hour indices, a signature of the Vanguard collection. Together, the indices and compass rose help to reinforce the perception of depth on the dial by giving it a three-dimensional quality, while serving as a counterpoint to the case’s smooth, curved lines with their hard edges. Eagle-eyed observers will notice that the compass rose motif continues outwards with a printed extension of the central design lying under the indices, before ending on the flange with markings for the cardinal points.

The sleek crown guards that gently extend from the case middle are yet another subtle modification to the standard Vanguard case. Here, they allude to a yacht’s gunwale while also providing a touch of visual interest with their contrasting colour and surface finish.

Finally, Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Replica timepieces are fitted with either fabric-on-rubber or leather-on-rubber composite straps to offer the best of both worlds in terms of comfort and aesthetics.