Making its glittering Thailand debut at the Siam Paragon Watch Expo 2018, Franck Muller has unveiled a new Double Mystery ladies’ watch collection, featuring an entirely diamond-studded dial. And yet whilst the dazzling exteriors could easily steal the show, the watch interiors feature an equally extravagant mechanism, revealing the true ‘mystery’ after which it is named.
From a single glance, it’s clear that Franck Muller’s Haute Horlogerie timepiece is not here to play. The case is set with 91 diamonds at 12.02 carats in its emerald green model, and 240 diamonds at 3.98 carats in the ruby red model. What’s more, the dial itself is also set with a further 86 diamonds and 14 emerald stones in its green model, and 218 diamonds and 14 ruby stones in its red model. It’s a shimmering showstopper in every sense of the word, sparing no precious stone and no shiny sparkle in its exquisite presentation.
Whilst at first the ‘mystery’ of the Double Mystery watch may be how one may tell time given the blinding brilliance of its dial, the true hidden gem lies in its intriguing technical complication. Franck Muller has long been renowned amongst watch enthusiasts around the globe as an independent watchmaker that not only designs eye-catching pieces, but also pieces that push the boundaries of their technical capabilities. For the Double Mystery, the dial curiously features no regular hands or numerals, but rather two rotating discs that allow the wearer to tell time in a new way.
Traditionally, the minute hand drive sits within the inside of the hour hand drive in most watches. Challenging this feat, Franck Muller has created a new mechanism with a specialty gear-train in the Double Mystery, allowing for an inversion of the regular process. The result? The diamonds “sparkle to the rhythm” of the 24 daily revolutions on a rotating plate, as the hours and minutes are displayed through an arrow on two revolving discs. Harmoniously dynamic and technologically exciting, this makes for a watch that features not only an unconventional way to tell time, but also a fluid automatic winding mechanism with its 950 platinum rotor and a caliber FM 2800 V movement.
Khun Vatanika Patamasingh na Ayudhya is the face of the latest Double Mystery campaign in Thailand. The watch is a feminine choice for a strong female, and with both artistic and innovative flair, proves itself a precious timepiece that is much more than just a pretty (watch) face.
The Double Mystery watches are now available at Franck Muller Boutique on M Floor at Siam Paragon.
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