Franck Muller - The Frank Face of Time
Franck Muller happens to be one of the most sought-after Swiss watch brands in the world. The brand was founded by Franck Muller in 1991. He was born in 1958 and he joined a watchmaking school when he was 15. In 1980, he graduated from the school and started repairing top-quality pocket watches. His clients were private individuals and museums. During this period, he cultivated a passion for complicated timepieces and this prompted him to setup his own workshop to create watches. In 1984, Franck Muller designed his first watch, the Tourbillon, and by 1991 the house of Franck Muller became operational. Right from the outset, Franck Muller watches became popular across Europe and the United States.
The Specialty of Franck Muller
Watchmaking has become an easy craft with all the available technology, but making authentic Swiss watches requires unique skills and dedication. Franck Muller has enough dedication and skill and that is why this brand is ahead of its contemporaries. This brand is renowned for designing complex and complicated watches. As a result, Franck Muller watches are made only for exclusive clientele, but there always is a limited edition available for each model. The Franck Muller company was responsible for introducing a special concept known as Cintree Curvex, which is a curved, 3-dimensional watch body. This was never seen in the watch industry before and created quite a sensation when it was launched. Franck Muller also became the first watch brand to introduce dials in bright colors, causing a revolution in the world of fine watchmaking. Adhering to the tradition of Swiss watchmaking, Franck Muller uses high creativity and quality standards to create unique watch designs. What sets Franck Muller watches apart is the complexity in the design and internal components of the watch. For instance, the Aternitas Mega is the world’s most complicated wristwatch with 1,483 different components.
Finest Creations from Franck Muller
Aeternitas Mega 4. This is one watch which has made Franck Muller a highly sought-after watch brand. It works on mechanical Tourbillon and has a chronograph with a fly-back mechanism. The watch also has an automatic self-winding mechanism along with two additional time zones. The total number of movement components in the watch is 1,483. The beauty of this Franck Muller watch is enhanced further with 99 jewels. The dial is sun-stamped translucent, which another name for lacquered white dial. The movement of this watch is arranged with the help of diamond polishing, circular graining, hand-beveling, hand graving and bi-color rhodium painting. The case is made of 18 carat white gold, with the uniquely designed Cintree Curvex 8880. There are 4 correctors and 7 push-pieces along with a winding shaft. The strap of this Franck Muller is made from hand-sewn alligator skin.
Giga Tourbillon. This watch model is the perfect example of the exceptional workmanship that has made Franck Muller so popular. The watch has a lot of Tourbillion and hence requires more power to function. This power is provided by the four barrels, which are 16mm in diameter, each. This means they are 4mm wider than the barrels found in traditional watches. The operating reserve of these barrels is about nine days. One of the unique features of this Franck Muller watch is the diameter of the Tourbilion which is about 20mm, causing it to occupy half of the watch.
Grace Curvex. The Grace Curvex is an apt example of complicated watch designs that are synonymous with the Franck Muller brand. This Franck Muller watch runs on quartz movement and it is water resistant up to 3 ATM. The cover movement of the watch has bi-color rhodium painting, with circular graining and Cotes de Geneve. The case is made out of 18 carat rose gold and there are 203 diamonds equaling 2.03 carats. The strap is red in color and made from hand-sewn alligator skin. This Franck Muller watch is considered trendy, chic and fashionable.
Black CrocoThis watch model is referred to as a harmonious Franck Muller watch. Perhaps, this is because the watch is sporty, innovative and elegant to look at. It is an automatic movement watch with an FM 800 caliber. The power reserve is for 42 hours and the total number of components in the watch is 158. In addition, the watch is decorated with 21 gemstones. This Franck Muller watch is water resistant up to 3 ATM. The dial is made of manufactured steel and it has been given PVD black treatment, resulting in a black background. In addition, the dial has 3D lacquered scales. Like most Franck Muller watches, this model too has Cintree Curvex case; and an elegant wrist band made from hand-sewn alligator skin.
Though it is relatively young watch brand when compared to the other Swiss watch brands, Franck Muller has managed to carve a niche for itself in the watch industry. The reason Franck Muller has managed to become a popular watch brand is its unquenchable thirst for innovation. The brand holds a ‘World Premiere’ annually wherein something new is showcased and introduced to the world. For its 10-year celebrations, Franck Muller showcased a new watch model called Crazy Hours, which has become highly sought-after.