Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier watch hands-on practice

It is true that I have not spent time with best Franck Muller employees seriously for a while. The Swiss watch manufacturer is a modern legend, and the Franck Muller is a series of luxury brands, including other brands such as Backes & Strauss. In the past, the group was larger, including brands such as Rodolphe, Pierre Kunz and Martin Braun. Now, Franck Muller himself and co-founder Vartan Sirmakes continue to make watches at their Swiss “Watchland” headquarters outside Geneva. Today, I will be looking for something different for Franck Muller, which represents the modern side of the brand. This watch is Framulan Vanguard Glacier, from the newer Vanguard series.

Franck Muller was founded in 1991 and is known as a brand for a few things, including their popular Cintrée Curvex case and some very complicated watches. The brand often likes to call itself a “complication master.” This timepiece is relatively simple, only provides time and date, but the design is complex and exquisite, I find it very attractive.

I will soon admit that the Franck Muller Vanguard series is not attractive to me until I see it with my own eyes and wear it on my wrist. In the computer-rendered image, Vanguard looks both plain and unremarkable, but it also seems to be working hard. In a sense, some people might say Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex series watches. Wearing either of these two models yourself on your wrist will give you a completely different experience-at least, I did it.

The Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex series started with a barrel-shaped case. It may be one of the few barrel-shaped cases on the market that I like. Others will include those produced by Richard Mille. This is an ancient design that dates back to the 1920s, but Franck Muller made it hot again. In fact, I can even say that Moulin is the first “fashionable” watch brand in the modern watch era. Just (according to some accounts) become a victim of his own success and face the same problems encountered by most other luxury brands today in marketing and distribution. Compared to others, I think Farmerland has always been quieter and chose to keep a more low profile until they have developed a reliable strategy. At least, they have a lot of interesting timepieces.

I don’t recommend reading the Vanguard series on Franck Muller’s website to understand its point of view, because it won’t tell you much. In fact, this is a good example. This type of text does not have much explanation, but it takes up space on the website of a luxury brand. My opinion of Vanguard is that it is a modern interpretation of design that makes Franck Muller a popular brand. Talk about your opinion of some people who have worn this brand, or that this brand is known for its show off that not everyone likes… But in essence, the core “Franck Muller look” is well done until Now when it comes to their classic Cintrée Curvex look, others have really captured it better.

Therefore, considering that the Franck Muller Vanguard series adopts a classic Art Deco style appearance and makes it more modern. This includes the case and dial-which uses Arabic numerals and the differences in the painted hour markers you see on the more traditional-looking French Moulin timepieces. Then you have a box, which is also a pioneer wine barrel, flatter and more ergonomic than the Curvex box. It fits well on the wrist and creates a bold and elegant appearance with the right color and material selection without sacrificing the legibility of the style. Note the compass marking on the inner flange ring-I will consider its style. Better than another speedometer-that’s for sure.

This special version of Franck Muller Vanguard is the reference model V 45 SC DT AC.GL Vanguard Glacier-famous for its special PVD coating on the steel case and the use of a white rubber strap that matches the dial. Please note that this is a rare steel Vanguard watch (because of the special PVD treatment), but most non-gold watches are made of titanium. The case is made of steel, 44 mm wide, 53.70 mm high, and only 12.8 mm thick. The curved Vanguard case is paired with an integrated rubber strap and can be worn comfortably on the wrist. Visually, the appearance of the strap runs through the case with a clever appearance, making the case look as if the strap is sandwiched in the middle. Compared with straight rubber, in order to obtain a higher-end appearance,

The design is wise, and the overall appearance has a modern “boldness” that will attract some people and repel others. It doesn’t matter, because almost none of the watches made by Franck Muller have universal appeal. For people who like to show off, these watches do a great job… If you don’t like to show off, their watches may not appeal to you. Likewise, before you wear the watch on your wrist, don’t give a full evaluation of any of these watches. I am personally surprised.

These three-hand Müller Vanguard series watches are equipped with an FM 0800 self-winding movement, run at 4Hz (28,800 bph), and have a power reserve of 42 hours. I don’t believe these are internal movements (Franck Muller confirms that these are modified basic Swiss ETA movements), but in other Franck Muller watches, they certainly have their own movements. The movement provides time and date (displayed at 6 o’clock). There is no bottom cover for the exhibition, I think there should be. This is more meaningful than writing “Complex Master” on a watch with a less complicated mechanical structure. Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier itself is not a limited edition, but it is a separately numbered watch with the serial number on the back cover.

Franck Muller has produced different styles for each of their popular timepieces. In addition to offering a range of Vanguard models (from this three-hand automatic mechanical watch to a chronograph and even a few tourbillons), each model also seems to offer a range of versions (most of which are not even on the Franck Muller website), by the way ). This “cautious information” culture is part of the unique characteristics of the brand and one of the reasons for Franck Muller’s poor performance in the information-hungry Internet age.

The interesting “shiny bronze” application on the steel case. The combination of PVD ​​surface treatment and white tones makes Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier look interesting and interesting, but there are many other versions to choose from. It is not cheap, but its appearance is very suitable for the Franck Muller brand and the next generation of people interested in this brand. Again, this is not a brand suitable for conservative types at all, but the range of talents that the brand has and their many technical achievements mean that Franck Muller may be a brand worthy of attention again (or for the first time).