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.

Have a heart – the Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex ladies tourbillon

In a world overflowing with safe-and-similar watch designs, Franck Muller is a breath of fresh air. As in this ladies tourbillon (a recent addition to the Cintrée Curvex Collection), the confident use of colour, the beautiful balance of traditional and avant-garde, the refined details on the dial, and the voluptuous curves of the case have been signatures of the brand since it was founded by the eponymous Mr Muller 28 years ago. For anyone whose interest in watches didn't begin until after the millennium, it's hard to understand how much impact Muller has had on the modern watch industry, both technically and aesthetically. In 1984, as a 26-year-old upstart, he produced his first tourbillon watch – at a time when hardly anyone knew what a tourbillon was and you could count the people capable of making one on the fingers of one hand. He tossed 1930s–inspired forms, classical details and traditional finishing into a blender and came out with an exciting, avant-garde aesthetic that broke all the prevailing rules (namely: staid, safe, unimaginative). In short, Franck Muller showed the world that watches could be technically fascinating, great fun and very beautiful – things that we now take for granted. Another… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Franck Muller Gravity Skeleton 

Architectural is a word that gets thrown around a lot in watch writing, and when you look at a watch like this Franck Muller Gravity Skeleton you can see why. The clear, expansive view provided allows the wearer to look down at a tiny, and industrious city, busily whirring away.  And if we continue the architecture metaphor, this watch is a far cry from your day-to-day office block — this is more along the lines of monumental, futuristic architecture. Full of sweeping bridges and curves. It's a watch with nowhere to hide — the wheels and gears, along with the large, oversized tourbillon cage at the bottom. The manually wound movement offers five days of power reserve, and is chock-full of 237 tiny, tiny pieces and is cased in a large case, 44mm wide by 53.7mm long. The case is clad in black, giving a stealthy, urban look.  The Gravity is a stylish take on Franck Muller's classic Curvex, a fresh update that certainly stands out.  Franck Muller Gravity Skeleton price Franck Muller Gravity Skeleton, (V 45 T GRAVITY CS SQT), $227,600 Made in partnership with Franck Muller. However, the opinions expressed in this article are our own in accordance… Read More

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Doubling down on the rainbow – the Franck Muller Double Mystery

Franck Muller's tagline is "the master of complications", and this watch delivers on that promise in dazzling style. This fully set Franck Muller Double Mystery from their Round collection (which goes to show that there's more to the brand than Curvex cases) is a great example of working smart. The movement on show is the Double Mystery — the mystery being that there are no traditional hands at play here, rather two triangles nestled amongst the brilliance of the fully set dial. Of course it doesn't take long to work out that these markers sit in two rotating discs, creating an illusion of floating time. It's one of my favourite romantic complications, and Franck Muller has deployed it here to good effect. It's a smart complication because while it uses up a fair bit of energy to move a full disc (or two) rather than more lightweight hands, it's a complication that can be added to a base automatic movement, allowing the brand to spend their time focusing on other things — like that exceptional case. Speaking of the case, let's break it down into numbers. It's white gold, 42mm across (which means that, even though it's billed as a women's watch,… Read More

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Have a heart – the Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex ladies tourbillon

In a world overflowing with safe-and-similar watch designs, Franck Muller is a breath of fresh air. As in this ladies tourbillon (a recent addition to the Cintrée Curvex Collection), the confident use of colour, the beautiful balance of traditional and avant-garde, the refined details on the dial, and the voluptuous curves of the case have been signatures of the brand since it was founded by the eponymous Mr Muller 28 years ago. For anyone whose interest in watches didn't begin until after the millennium, it's hard to understand how much impact Muller has had on the modern watch industry, both technically and aesthetically. In 1984, as a 26-year-old upstart, he produced his first tourbillon watch – at a time when hardly anyone knew what a tourbillon was and you could count the people capable of making one on the fingers of one hand. He tossed 1930s–inspired forms, classical details and traditional finishing into a blender and came out with an exciting, avant-garde aesthetic that broke all the prevailing rules (namely: staid, safe, unimaginative). In short, Franck Muller showed the world that watches could be technically fascinating, great fun and very beautiful – things that we now take for granted. Another… Read More

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Our 5 favourite Franck Muller watches from the new 2019 collection, with a focus on the crazy ones

It's quite possible that when Steve Jobs said, 'Here's to the crazy ones', that master watchmaker Franck Muller was listening. And that he was inspired. Because when Franck Muller does watches well, the brand does them in a certain crazy, poetic and preposterous way. Take my absolute favourite (perhaps until a new contender, the 2019 'Remember' watch, to be discussed shortly) – which is unquestionably Crazy Hours. What is Franck Muller's Crazy Hours? It's a random scattering of numbers on the dial. It is a complication that has the hour hand snap with the speed of a switchblade from one number to the next, wherever it is on the dial. It is awesome. To everyone else, your watch looks like it's possessed. It looks to the bystander like your watch is telling the wrong time. Meanwhile, to you, it's doing exactly what you want it to do, and it all makes perfect sense to you. The unpredictability. The refusal to conform to a linear notion of time striking some deep chord. I digress. 2019 brings a range of notable new Franck Muller watches. And they're 'notable' because they're a mix of crazy in the Steve Jobs dreamer sense, and they're… Read More

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VIDEO: Diamonds, rubies and Ronaldo, 4 Franck Muller watches worth $7m

Franck Muller excel at three things: highly complicated watches, including the most complicated wristwatch in the world, shown in this video (worth a cool $4.3 million dollars); the sleek Curvex case, and diamonds. Lots and lots of diamonds. If you want to shine bright like one, and you have a million Australian dollars, you're in luck. We have them on our wrists in this video. FRANCK MULLER VANGUARD INVISIBLE SETTING Fun fact: This extraordinary fully diamond-set watch is a challenge to create, because, according to the designer, the diamonds are effectively set upside down, with the crown and pavilion facing into the watch. The table of each diamond is perfectly aligned, so as to create an uninterrupted line to the eye and to maximise the reflection of the light as it enters through the table. Australian Pricing: $538K – $1m FRANCK MULLER INVISIBLE SETTING IMPERIAL TOURBILLON (Rubies) Fun fact: This is one of two Franck Muller watches recently bought by football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. All 474 diamonds in the watch are officially graded colourless – D to F – in the colour scale, and VVS on the clarity scale. Featuring 474 baguette cut diamonds, with the flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock on… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Franck Muller Vanguard Grande Date

A few days ago, we introduced you to the opulent curves of Franck Muller's Cintrée Curvex Grande Date, a curvaceously cased complicated chronograph with a big date and semi-skeletonised dial. Well, today we've got something just as Grande in the date department: the Franck Muller Vanguard Grande Date, with a dial that's a little more openworked, and a case that's still plenty curvy. Vanguard by both name and nature, Franck Muller's Vanguard collection extends on those oh-so-well-rounded proportions of the brand's famed Cintrée Curvex case design, with bolder styling, larger dimensions and equally as strong curves. The tonneau-shaped case of this particular Vanguard Grande Date measures 44mm across by 53.7mm from top to bottom, with a thickness of 12.8mm, and is available in a variety of materials, from stainless-steel or titanium, to carbon or 18k rose gold (as pictured here). A larger case also means more room for the things that delight our eyes, with the inner architecture of the automatic in-house manufactured movement put on full display through the openworked dial on the front and a sapphire crystal on the back. It is only obscured by large lume-filled hour markers and semi-skeletonised hands, and the outer rings of small… Read More

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