Geneva watchmaker Franck Muller is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a new limited-edition watch. “Crazy Hours Limited Edition” pieces will be included in the brand’s signature “Crazy Hours” collection.
The Crazy Hours Limited Edition timepiece impresses by combining several iconic Muller symbols, including its recognized “Dream of Color” numerals, holographic numerals and the unique Crazy Hours complication.
Featuring the brand’s signature curved Cintree Curvex case profile, the Crazy Hours 30th Anniversary watch will evoke the owner’s emotions through its “ingenious and complex” mechanism and luxurious dial. Two versions show an 18k rose gold case, while the remaining two versions are silver.
The Crazy Hours collection is the most emblematic collection of Franck Muller timepieces. The decorative dial of the Crazy Hours watch is decorated with non-traditional numerals, offering an impressive mechanical movement that is easily read by the hour hand, which jumps amazingly from one hour to the next in the correct sequence. The minute hand follows the traditional 60-minute flow.
For the 30th Anniversary Edition, the limited-edition timepiece showcases a redesigned dial with each hour numeral off-center: a timepiece that creates wearable art. The number 30, representing 30 years of watchmaking, takes centre stage and is decorated with 20 hand-set brilliant-cut diamonds.
The Crazy Hours Limited Edition comes in four different versions in royal blue, burgundy and white with hand-painted fantasy numbers, and is available in three different sizes: 5850, 7880 and 8880. This eye-catching timepiece is also water-resistant up to 30m.
Franck Muller Vanguard Classic can take you from boardroom to beach
Fans of Franck Muller will know that there is something for everyone in the Vanguard collection. With more than 30 different models in its current collection, including chronographs, tourbillons and skeleton movements, the independent watchmaker ensures that wherever you want to take your watch, you’ll find a piece with wide curves to suit you.
Despite the wide range of options, each reference evokes a specific lifestyle to which each watch fits, whether for an international currency mover or someone who enjoys spending time on the deck of a yacht. However, when it comes to the Franck Muller Vanguard Classic, the clean design may best speak to those who prefer a less cluttered approach to watchmaking.
With the Franck Muller Vanguard Classic reference V45 SC DT TT NR BR NR, you get the same concave caseback as all members of the Vanguard family, wrapping intuitively around the contours of your wrist, but on the dial side you get an eye-catching The sight is not overwhelming.
The bold Arabic numerals are a rich ruby color, set against the lightly patterned black dial, taking up most of the dial space without any competition from the chronograph sub-dial or the exposed tourbillon aperture.
The same striking red appears in the dial text and the circles around the hand stacks, as well as the obvious crown and strap stitching, creating a strong visual contrast with the rest of the watch. This contrast conveys a statement without overdoing it with too much color, which works well on the wrist.
Like all fake men watches in the collection, one of the most striking features of the Franck Muller Vanguard Classic compared to the others is the pronounced curve of the case, which makes the watch very comfortable to wear. In this reference, the black case is brushed horizontally (except for the vertically brushed caseback), which provides some nice visual texture and complements the horizontal dial pattern.
It’s legible, easy to wear, and finished to the high standards you’d expect from such a respected watchmaker. Overall, the Franck Muller Vanguard Classic is an eye-catching case, a comfortable sports watch that easily straddles the divide between a seaside resort and a boardroom, and anywhere in between.