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.

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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Crazy love – Franck Muller's Cintrée Curvex Crazy Hours in blue tones

Often we talk about emblematic or iconic models or shapes in a brand's line-up, such as Franck Muller, with their distinctive Curvex line. Less often do we talk about a brand's trademark complication, as it is much less likely that a brand has such a strong association or identity with a particular function, but again that's something that Franck Muller can lay claim to, with their Crazy Hours.  The Crazy Hours complication, the invention of the eponymous watchmaker, was born in 2003. It's as ingenious as it is simple. The complication consists of a regular automatic movement with a jump hour module stacked on top. This cunning combination means that the hour hand jumps on the hour around the dial at seemingly random intervals — hence the 'crazy' hours. And while the hours don't follow the traditional, incremental clockwise arc, the hand does follow a logical progression around the dial, as each sequential number is placed at a roughly 150-degree arc from its predecessor. The effect, though, is seemingly random. It's a clever and fun take on traditional timekeeping, and a distinctively Franck Muller take on the passage of time.  This limited edition 'Blue Tones' model is from a series of pastel… Read More

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EVENT: A Crazy few Hours with Franck Muller in Melbourne

Franck Muller in Melbourne

The Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours landed in Melbourne last week, and not only was I fortunate to take a closer look at it, but the kind people at Franck Muller invited me to celebrate it with them at a dining event with some of their important local clients. It was a great opportunity to view the new collection, as well as share a meal with a group of like-minded watch enthusiasts. There were some special people seated around the dining table, including Franck Muller's global COO, Nicholas Rudaz, and Franck Muller's General Manager of Australia, Mr Heng, both of whom enthusiastically shared their passion for mechanical watches and Franck Muller alike. Watches from the new collection were dotted around the room in display cases, as well as a number of pieces from other current collections that are available at boutiques, including the Happy Magpie from the Long Island collection, a charming rectangular watch with an immaculately hand-painted dial. Unsurprisingly, Nicholas Rudaz was carrying some serious horological heat, with a watch on each wrist. On one wrist, he wore a Franck Muller Crazy Hours, which he described as his "party watch" (and you can't disagree with him on that), with… 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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INTRODUCING: Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours Asia Exclusive

Vanguard Crazy Hours

In what is a meeting of two of the most significant collections from the Franck Muller manufacture, the Vanguard Crazy Hours is an exciting offering, made even more exciting with the news of an exclusive collection for Asia. The Vanguard Crazy Hours is the first time the brand has housed the famous Crazy Hours movement inside a Vanguard case shape, offering a feel that is more sporty and relaxed, to a caliber that inspires a more leisurely approach to time telling. It achieves this with a dial layout that is less than conventional, where the hour marker numerals are out of order and appear haphazardly strewn across the face of the watch. In fact, the movement beneath the dial is calibrated for the hour hand to track the numbers in the correct order, despite them being out of place on the dial. The combination of Franck Muller's trademark exaggerated numerals and this wistfully complicated movement forces you to pause for a moment when you look at a Crazy Hours watch, and appreciate that there's more on offer than rushing to be on time as you hurry from appointment to appointment. Not to mention that it does take some practise to be… Read More

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This is what $2,000,000 of diamond watch looks like – meet the Franck Muller Invisible Setting with rubies

This is not an under-the-radar watch. So if you're looking for an unassuming dress watch, scroll on. But if you like your timekeeping served with a bit (OK, a lot) of bling, this might be up your alley. But be warned: the price — much like the weight in stones — is hefty. Want to see what it looks like on the wrist? Make sure you check out Andrew's video with it here.  So, what are we talking here? Well, there's a tourbillon. Normally that little cage — here shaped like the Franck Muller logo — would be the star of the show, but on this piece, it plays second fiddle. First violin is definitely occupied by the stones — there are rubies, 21 on the dial (2.42 carats), surrounding the tourbillon cage. There's another 70-odd rubies on the bracelet. And then there are diamonds. Lots of diamonds. We're talking about 474 stones in total, all ranging from D to F, and VVS in clarity. There are 122 stones on the dial, 40 on the bezel, 44 on the case and 268 on the bracelet. The baguette-cut stones on the dial are particularly impressive, invisibly set and arranged radially. Very, very nice indeed…. 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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