Franck Muller’s Modern Creativity
The new Grand Central Tourbillion Flash proves the Swiss manufacture’s mastery of edginess and technical allure.
Despite its comparative infancy, Franck Muller has made a strong name for itself thanks to heightened and impressive technical skills, as grafted to an arguably eccentric approach to design.
It’s led to a moniker it wears well – ‘Master of Complications’ – so too some rather notable celebrity wrists in Ben Affleck, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, among others.
A manufacture inextricably linked with the tonneau case – in fact you could argue its ownership here – Franck Muller’s latest, the Grand Central Tourbillon Flash builds off the Curvex CX architecture that debuted in 2021, as laden with an innovative suite of mechanics.
Central to this is, well, the centrally positioned tourbillon – the complication in the middle of the dial instead of at six o’clock. The first tonneau-shaped watch to feature a central tourbillon, it was as striking in its debut just as it is here – the Grand Central Tourbillon Flash presenting a bold design that further announces itself via a poppy colour palette.
Here, blazing orange, neon green and electric blue add to a sense of sportiness meets horological wonder and exemplary craftsmanship. And we’ll take the blue—because you may as well go all in—with the brightly coloured indices replacing the numerals on what is a redesigned black dial. Ultimately, it means all eyes on that tourbillon – as all eyes should be.
Housed in the redesigned and carbon fibre Curvex CX case, the central mechanism is actually fitted to the case middle — allowing supreme visibility with the sapphire crystal extending all the way to the lugs. Franck Muller achieved this feat after perfecting a special technique of fixing the glass at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock, giving the Curvex CX an incredibly curved profile.
Driving things is the self-winding FM CX 36T-CTR movement (replacing the FM CX 40T-CTR used in 2021) with an impressive 4-day power reserve.
This is bold and fun and edgy and incredibly well crafted. A watch that stands out for the right reasons – not least its masterly ingenuity and engineering; a firm example of why a Franck Muller should be a serious consideration.
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