Franck Muller’s most famous luxury watch, the Crazy Hours, launched in 2003 and confounded expectations with its non-sequential dial. The brand’s beautiful luxury watch designs also include the Aeternitas Mega 4, which at 36 complications is one of the most impressive achievements in the history of watchmaking. Technical, enchanting and poetic, Franck Muller pieces demand to be seen and love to be worn.
Born from genius, worn by the most devoted fans of haute horlogerie, Franck Muller watches are the creations of modern watchmaking’s most auspicious pairing. A chance meeting in 1986, between wunderkind watchmaker Franck Muller and Vartan Sirmakes (a prodigiously talented case maker), led to the foundation of the brand that would create the ultimate luxury watch manufactory. Sited in the grounds of an early 20th century farmhouse in Genthod, Switzerland, Franck Muller’s Watchland is one of the wonders of the horological world.
Watchland is to haute horlogerie what Graceland is to music. The seat of passion. The crucible of invention. Within its three traditionally-styled buildings, the marriage of classical horological design and contemporary daring is consummated by watchmakers, engravers, jewellers, machinists, and polishers. Every part of a Franck Muller luxury watch is painstakingly crafted onsite at Watchland, from milling and hand engraving to stamping and assembly.
The much-copied ‘cushion’ shape of a Franck Muller luxury watch is more than a simple signature. In resurrecting a classical case style, and using it to house extraordinary complications and bold, playful dial designs, Franck Muller has created his own language of luxury watches. Every piece that leaves Watchland is enlivened by this combination of heritage feel and modern tale. The wild numbers of the Crazy Hours, the broken day-and-night face of the Long Island - each watch tells a a story, and that story is written by Muller’s absolute passion for originality.
From the non-sequential jumping hours of his most famous creation to the 1,483 components of the Aeternitas Mega 4, Franck Muller’s watches are as complex on the inside as they are striking on the outside. The telltale loop of a sonnerie winds around the skeletonised, four-barrel movement of a Giga Gong. In the capable, polished Master Banker, three different time zones are adjusted with a single crown. Where other luxury watch makers strive to present complications of this nature in their sedate original forms, Franck Muller injects life and colour. Highly decorated Art Deco movements, splashes of red and bright blue, dial rings with roulette wheel detailing - these are the elements of a Franck Muller.
Inside every Cintree Curvex case is a statement that delivers on Franck Muller’s original intent: to create luxury watches that defy all the odds. Beauty, delicacy, audacious modernity. These are special pieces, for a wearer who wants to own a watch that transcends the fleeting obsessions of current styles - and make a statement that lasts.