Independent watchmaker Franck Muller is known as 'The Master of Complications' for his ingenious creations. His eponymous watches are also immediately recognisable thanks to their curved lines and distinctive designs. Discover Franck Muller at Time+Tide.

Welcome to Watchland, the story of the Franck Muller manufacture

Franck Muller manufacture

From Watchland, the Genevan estate where Franck Muller is based, you are able to look out across the calm blue waters of Lake Geneva to the far bank, and in the distance gaze up at the white peak of Mont Blanc. In this postcard setting, Watchland is an open expanse of chalet-style buildings designed by the Swiss architect Edmond Fatio, punctuated with manicured gardens that remind of the calm grounds of Versailles. This year, Franck Muller announced that Watchland had been renovated extensively, with two new buildings constructed in the same style as the rest of the estate, which dates back to 1905. These additional buildings are to accommodate around 420 Franck Muller watchmakers, artisans and operational employees to work in a single location, improving efficiency, and also allowing the brand to be more reactive to market demands. The new buildings give the brand an additional 16,000 square metres at their disposal, making it possible to manufacture components, assemble the watches and finish them all in one place. Franck Muller still have a number of other production sites around Switzerland which will stay in operation, so the project has been more of an expansion than a relocation. In true Franck… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Franck Muller Vanguard Classic that can take you from boardroom to beach

Franck Muller Vanguard Classic

Fans of Franck Muller will know there is something in the Vanguard collection for everyone. With more than 30 different references in the current lineup, including chronographs, tourbillons and skeletonised movements, the independent watchmaker has ensured that no matter where you want to take your watch, there is a generously curved creation for you. Despite the range of options, each reference evokes a specific lifestyle that each watch is suited to, be it for the international money mover, or the type who prefers to spend their time on the deck of a yacht. When it comes to the Franck Muller Vanguard Classic, however, the cleaner design might speak most strongly to those who prefer a less cluttered approach to watchmaking. With the Franck Muller Vanguard Classic reference V45 SC DT TT NR BR NR, you get the same concave caseback that wraps intuitively along the contours of your wrist that all members of the Vanguard family offer, but on the dial side you're treated to a sight that is striking without being overwhelming. The bold Arabic numerals are a rich ruby red in colour, which pop against the lightly patterned black dial, and occupy the majority of the dial real… Read More

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You make me crazy – the Franck Muller Crazy Hours ladies

Franck Muller Crazy Hours ladies

When we see something repeatedly, over time, our brains quickly form habits that enable us to infer what we are seeing, bypassing the need to analyse every bit of information. That's why we can make perfect sense of a paragraph made up of words that are missing their vowels, and why we can read the time on an analogue watch display that has no hour or minute markers.  It's also what makes Franck Muller's Crazy Hours watch one of the most delightful pieces in contemporary watchmaking. In the first instant the dial appears perfectly normal, with a series of numerals arranged around its circumference. Half a second later, we realise that it's anything but normal: the usual position of the numerals is completely jumbled. It's a visual teaser – sense and nonsense – and a brain teaser, playing with how we habitually read time in a natural, clockwise sequence.  Since Franck Muller invented the Crazy Hours complication in 2003 it has (unsurprisingly) become an emblem of the brand that bears his name – just as emblematic as the Cintrée Curvex case that houses these colourful limited-edition models. There can be few objects of any kind that combine grown-up glamour and… Read More

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Welcome to Watchland, the story of the Franck Muller manufacture

Franck Muller manufacture

From Watchland, the Genevan estate where Franck Muller is based, you are able to look out across the calm blue waters of Lake Geneva to the far bank, and in the distance gaze up at the white peak of Mont Blanc. In this postcard setting, Watchland is an open expanse of chalet-style buildings designed by the Swiss architect Edmond Fatio, punctuated with manicured gardens that remind of the calm grounds of Versailles. This year, Franck Muller announced that Watchland had been renovated extensively, with two new buildings constructed in the same style as the rest of the estate, which dates back to 1905. These additional buildings are to accommodate around 420 Franck Muller watchmakers, artisans and operational employees to work in a single location, improving efficiency, and also allowing the brand to be more reactive to market demands. The new buildings give the brand an additional 16,000 square metres at their disposal, making it possible to manufacture components, assemble the watches and finish them all in one place. Franck Muller still have a number of other production sites around Switzerland which will stay in operation, so the project has been more of an expansion than a relocation. In true Franck… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The triple threat of the Franck Muller Master Banker in steel

Franck Muller Master Banker

Franck Muller is known as the Master of Complications, and for good reason. Almost none of the watches produced by the Genevan watchmaker are straightforward, with watches that run backward, hour hands that jump around the dial, and a host of other marvels of mechanical engineering that both surprise and delight. This flair for the complex is seen clearly in the Franck Muller Master Banker collection, a family of watches with a tonneau-shaped case that houses a movement capable of showing three time zones at once – perfect for the international finance professional tracking the global markets. The elegant curves of the barrel-inspired case shape comfortably wrap around the wrist, and despite the 44mm x 53.7mm specifications, would wear comfortably on the wrist of a suited money manager. The inspired movement design is evident from the two sub-dials placed at 6 and 12 o'clock, which both offer a pair of hands that track the hours and minutes of independent time zones from the centrally mounted main handset. This three-fold timekeeping function is also remarkably simple to use, only requiring the single crown on the left-hand side of the case to operate. Offering even greater insight into the complexity and intricacy… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The revelatory Franck Muller Color Dreams

One of the biggest perks about this job is discovering things that I previously wouldn't have known about myself. Now, I know that sounds both simultaneously profound and clichéd, and I am talking about watches after all, not the meaning of life … but it's true, this job has taught me a great deal about myself that I otherwise wouldn't have known. That's what this Franck Muller Color Dreams did when I went hands-on with it … it completely shook up my personal status quo. Allow me to explain. If you'd told me that I'd fall head over heels for a robust, brushed steel, utilitarian tool watch with a matt grey dial and a faded bezel, I would've told you duh, that's about as shocking as getting wet when you jump into a pool. However, if you told me that I'd become completely enamoured with a solid rose gold, rectangular-shaped timepiece with full diamond bezel, technicolour Arabic numeral dial and a green alligator leather band, I would've said you don't know me from a bar of soap. But, as it turned out, I did not know myself from a bar of Dove hand soap, because this Franck Muller Long Island… Read More

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OPINION: Diamonds are a man's best friend

Up until a month ago, if you'd asked me whether or not it was appropriate for a man to have diamonds adorning his timepiece, my response would've gone something like, "Only if he's a vapid member of the glitterati, or his vocation is spitting bars". Bedazzled, iced-out, frosty … whatever you want to call a wristwatch covered in cut-up pieces of highly pressurised carbon, I just couldn't get behind the the uber shiny aesthetic. You see, I like to think that watches represent utilitarian practicality — they're a tool that should tell the time, not tell everyone else around you how poor they are. My oh my, how times change, though, because after a revelatory afternoon back in early December, I now endeavour to own a dazzling, diamond-clad wristwatch before the decade is out. How has this massive contradiction come to be? Well, perhaps rather surprisingly, it all started with a trio of Franck Mullers. Long known for their expertise in precious gem-setting, Franck Muller really can make a watch sing like few other watchmakers. And when we had three of their shiniest timepieces arrive in the office just over a month ago for a photoshoot, my revelation was set in… Read More

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