Franck Muller has taken a very different approach with his latest tourbillon watch.
Franck Muller watches, if nothing else, have always deviated from the norms of traditional watchmaking. For the most part, his collections use a variation of the tonneau-shaped case, known by Franck Muller as the Cintrée Curvex. The brand's extensive model range includes everything from top-of-the-line Grande Complication models like the highly complex Aeternitas to the new Gravity Skeleton ($130,000) seen here.discount replica watch
It also leads to an oddity called Crazy Hours, which are timepieces with jumping hands in which the hours of the day are displayed out of sequence (specifically, they display as 8, 1, 6, 11 , instead of 1, 2 , 3, 4).
This latest creation brings a more sparse and no-nonsense feel to the 2017 watch, and with such competition in the over $100,000 limited-time tourbillon category, we thought we'd take a closer look at this week's Watch of the week installment Be wise week.
how it looks
There is a lot to consider when examining Gravity Skeleton. It features a lugless case construction that we've seen before in the brand's Vanguard line. Viewed from the side, you can see that it is a 3-piece design, with the center section coated in red diamond-like carbon (DLC) to match its red hands and red anodized aluminum tourbillon cage. Thanks to the size and curvature of its case, the brand's movement designers were able to incorporate beautiful three-dimensional forms into the movement's construction, including the dramatically curved x-shaped bridges that support its orbiting tourbillon.mens replica watch
how it works
The movement, designed and manufactured entirely in-house, is a hand-wound unit with a five-day power reserve. A key part of its movement design is keeping the tourbillon front and center - a task we think they've accomplished without a doubt. Thanks to an off-centre balance wheel, the tourbillon follows an elliptical trajectory (21.2 mm in diameter) with each revolution, and its bright red frame contrasts with its DLC bridges.
Although its crown is indeed screwed down, the Gravity Skeleton is only water resistant to 30 meters. From a movement design standpoint, this new creation is certainly one of the most intriguing we've seen recently. Skeletonized movements are very popular when it comes to design, and in this case, the brand's thoughtful handcrafting makes all the difference.Jacob and Co Astronomia DRAGON
how to pair
Franck Muller's latest collection is, to say the least, casual. Color combinations aside – especially considering the Gravity Skeleton can come with red, blue or yellow accents, all black (not to mention brushed titanium and gold) – we think this piece is the best talking point.
A custom pair of Tod's driving shoes with a matching colored sole is a nice touch, though we could even see them paired with distressed black leather from Billy Reid's latest K-Swiss collaboration. Additionally, the understated aesthetic of Ermenegildo Zegna's recent Second Skin capsule collection complements the understated style of Gravity Skeleton.replica Urwerk Watches