This year has been nothing short of turbulent and it doesn’t look to be getting better anytime soon. Thankfully, Franck Muller is here to make April a little more bearable with its new Vanguard Racing Skeleton.
The watch itself is exceptionally designed, drawing inspiration from the world of motorsports, particularly, Formula 1. Its case is wrapped in carbon fibre while the case is a sleek polymer. Within it, you’ll find the inner bezel with a black and white minute track as well as an inner chapter ring that resembles a racing circuit, draped in red and white.
It’s also worth noting that the female counterpart is just as outstanding.
Seeing as the Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton is a skeletonised watch, its regular FM 2800-DT calibre showcases its inner organs, mechanics, and elaborate architecture that many aficionados will enjoy. It’s also affixed to the case with four trilateral clamps, which lie underneath the elongated 1, 5, 7, and 11 indices.
Another design element that Franck Muller prides itself on is the skeletonised date disc. It showcases only bold, angular outlines of individual numerals. At the very centre of it all lies the smoked sapphire crystal denotes a novel 60-second counter sub-dial.
Flipping the watch over reveals its movement bridges and engravings that come in a 24-carat gold finish. It was also PVD-coated to blend in with the overall design. Franck Muller finishes off the watch with a black rubber strap, which already carries a layer of matted suede composite. This is the same material found in F1 racing car bucket seats. It’s followed by two red stitchings across the band, giving it a splash of colour and sportiness.
All images courtesy of Franck Muller.