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Franck Muller

Complications

In the sphere of high-end watchmaking, employing the strapline, “Master of complications”, is a very bold claim to make. However, the Swiss born watchmaker, Franck Muller, earned a reputation early in his career for producing watches which harnessed complicated movements.

During the 1980s, Muller displayed an obsession with Abraham Louis Breguet’s invention, the tourbillon. Muller not only employed the whirlwind mechanism within his watches, he presented them on the dial, contrary to usual watchmaking practise at the time.

In later years, Muller combined the tourbillon with other complications, to deliver grand complications. The Aeternitas Mega 4, released in 2007, includes 36 complications, incorporates 1483 components and is reputedly one of the most complicated watches in the world.

 

Watchland

Franck Muller approached a manufacturer of watch cases, Vartan Sirmakes, to design new cases for his watches. The two men would ultimately join forces in 1991, establishing a new company, taking the name of the famous watchmaker, Franck Muller.

In 1994, the business moved to a lakeside mansion at Genthod, on the outskirts of Geneva, named Watchland. This site is the largest of six production facilities owned by the company and has spare capacity for future growth.

Watchland plays host to an array of trades including engravers, jewellers and watchmakers. Moreover, the site is responsible for design, case making and final assembly.

Similar to terroir influencing the resultant taste of fine wine, Watchland provides the creative inspiration for Franck Muller watches.

Today, Franck Muller creates in excess of 40,000 watches per annum.

 

Cintrée Curvex

While Franck Muller offer rectangular, round and square shaped watches, the Cintrée Curvex™ case will always be the form most closely associated with the company’s name.

At first glance the case may appear to resemble a conventional tonneau shape, but close examination reveals a plethora of curved surfaces. The case back includes an arc-shaped surface which accords a sublime ergonomic fit with the wearer’s wrist.

 

An ability to surprise

At the heart of the Franck Muller paradigm is a desire to innovate and surprise. The Crazy Hours watch features unconventionally positioned Arabic numerals. As the minute hand makes one full revolution, the hour hand jumps to the next prevailing hour, often positioned opposite.

 

Closing remarks

It is the ingenuity of Franck Muller to deliver complications seldom seen elsewhere, together with the bold, daring use of colours and precious stones which distinguishes them as quite unique and collectible.

 

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  • Franck Muller Casablanca 5850

    Franck Muller

    Casablanca

    £3,650.00
  • 18ct yellow Gold Frank Muller Master Calendar 5850 MC L

    Franck Muller

    Master Calendar 5850 MC L

    July 2004 £8,450.00
  • 18ct white gold Franck Muller Master Date 8880 S6 GG DT

    Franck Muller

    Master Date

    £13,950.00
  • s17476

    Franck Muller

    Conquistador Cortez

    £7,950.00
  • Franck Muller Conquistador 8002 SC

    Franck Muller

    Conquistador

    2002 £5,500.00
  • Franck Muller Casablanca 10th Anniversary 8880

    Franck Muller

    Casablanca

    2005 £5,450.00
  • Franck Muller Casablanca 5850

    Franck Muller

    Casablanca 5850

    £3,650.00
  • 18ct White Gold Franck Muller Conquistador 8002 CC D

    Franck Muller

    Conquistador 8002 CC D

    June 2003 £13,950.00
  • Franck Muller King Costa Smeralda 8005 CC KING

    Franck Muller

    King Costa Smeralda

    £8,950.00
  • 18ct White Gold Franck Muller Casablanca Platinum Rotor 8880 SC DT

    Franck Muller

    Casablanca 8880

    £7,950.00
  • 18ct Yellow Gold Franck Muller Curvex Sunset 1752 QZ

    Franck Muller

    Curvex Sunset

    February 2011 £7,950.00
  • 18ct Franck Muller Cintree Curvex Vegas 5850 D

    Franck Muller

    Cintree Curvex Vegas 18ct

    2009 £22,500.00
  • 18ct rose gold Franck Muller Colour Dreams 7502 QZ

    Franck Muller

    Colour Dreams

    January 2005 £6,950.00
  • 18ct Yellow Gold Franck Muller Long Island Bi-Retro 1100 DSR

    Franck Muller

    Long Island

    June 2011 £9,950.00
  • 18ct White Gold Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Tourbillon 7850 CC T

    Franck Muller

    Cintrée Curvex Tourbillon

    Price on application
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Previously in stock

  • 18ct Yellow Gold Franck Muller Long Island Master Calendar 1200 MC L

    Franck Muller

    Long Island 1200 MC L

    £7,950.00
  • Franck Muller Master Banker 5850 MB

    Franck Muller

    Master Banker

    June 2007 £4,750.00
  • 18ct yellow gold Franck Muller Long Island 952 QZ

    Franck Muller

    Long Island 952 QZ

    £3,250.00
  • Franck Muller Long Island 1000 SC

    Franck Muller

    Long Island

    October 2013 £5,950.00
  • 18ct white gold Franck Muller Long Island Crazy Hours 1200 CH

    Franck Muller

    Long Island Crazy Hours

    March 2008 £10,500.00
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