Franck Muller is one of the youngest luxury watchmakers of our time but its age matters not in the grand scheme of things. It has been creating exquisite timepieces since 1992, and now is developing a sort of cult-like status in the world of watches. Marking its 27-year history, Franck Muller has teamed up with Sincere Fine Watches to showcase its ‘100 Masterpieces’ collection.
This includes various limited edition and exclusive timepieces from Franck Muller. Themed ‘The Maestro’, the event featured a technicolour wonderland that pays tribute to the brand’s design elements. It’s because of Franck Muller’s outrageous and ostentatious designs that gave it the title, ‘Master of Complications’.
The brand is known for its tonneau-shaped timepieces, but none come close to the ingenuity that is the ‘Crazy Hours’ series. All of its watches carry a similar design language — “modern” 1930s American watch design with traditional Swiss watch manufacturing.
With most, if not all of Franck Muller’s exclusive timepieces in full-view, we give you a lowdown on some of its rarest watches to date.
The Evolution 3-1 is the world’s first tri-axial tourbillon in the world, making it one of Franck Muller’s greatest masterpieces. A complex Haute Horlogerie timepiece in its own right, it also comes with a perpetual calendar at the top of the face while its tri-axial tourbillon sits at the bottom. On its sides, there is also a day and month tracker to go along with its remarkable overall design.
Tourbillons are a dime a dozen now in many luxury watches but Franck Muller takes it one step further with its Giga Tourbillon range. It features the biggest tourbillon ever seen in a watch, which is why its made entirely out of titanium and bronze barium to ensure it’s still lightweight. The tourbillon measures out to 20mm in diameter, occupying half the watch in the process.
Franck Muller did not earn the title ‘master of complications’ for nothing; the Aeternitas Mega is the most complicated luxury watch in the world. It features 36 complications packed into a single watch with 1,483 components in total. Each and every component was manufactured and designed in-house to give the watch an elegant design in the pure traditions of the old “cadraturiers” of the Vallée de Joux.
The Franck Muller Vanguard is one of its most popular pieces to date and the marque does one better by including both a tourbillon and a minute repeater into the same timepiece. To further cement its place as one of the all-time greats, Franck Muller also throws in a skeletal design element to the Vanguard, allowing you to check out the inner workings of the watch in full view.
Franck Muller calls it the Thunderbolt Tourbillon and for good reason — it completes one rotation in only five seconds and is powered by nothing less than four barrels. There is also an exclusive escapement mechanism that is completely reversed from its traditional design. As every part is designed and manufactured in-house, Franck Muller showcases just how incredible and intricate its capabilities are by incorporating multiple gears in the going train to speed up the tourbillon without compromising the integrity of the balance.