Two new buildings that first began to emerge in 2018 have been added to the unique Watchland site in Genthod. At last completed, this vast building project sets the perfect finishing touch to this Geneva location and enables the group to unite its 450 employees and all stages in the production of Franck Muller watches together on one site. This new facility will be unveiled from January 14th to 18th at the next World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie (WPHH). As a foretaste, enjoy a preview of the new Vanguard Crazy Hours™ collection, this time dedicated to women, which will be introduced in a few days’ time to collectors, clients and devotees of the Maison.
The splendid Genthod estate has been reinvented and expanded after several months of work, to accommodate no less than 16,000sqm of additional working space on the Watchland site. All the artisans required at each stage of watch production are now together under the same roof, undeniably demonstrating the tremendous success enjoyed by the Maison and its watchmaking expertise in the field of Grand Complications. Located at the heart of Swiss watchmaking, these premises centralise the company’s activities and now house the watch component manufacturing team previously based in Satigny. The architecture is subtly reminiscent of Versailles, with the two new buildings accentuating the unique character of the Watchland domain. The classic terraced gardens of the premises, well as the breathtaking view of Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc, are the kind of features that make this place absolutely unique. Faithful to its roots, Franck Muller Genève did not randomly choose Genthod for its headquarters, since this is the village where Franck began his activity in 1983. The brand is now celebrating nearly thirty years of expertise, worthily represented by Watchland.
The Vanguard Crazy Hours™ for women
Among this year’s new models presented at the 29th WPHH exhibition is the Vanguard™ collection, to which Franck Muller adds a legendary and no less complex complication, the Crazy Hours, while dedicating it this year to female wrists. Bold and expertly crafted, this timepiece displays numerals in an unconventional order, with an atypical Art Deco pop-art style. Driven by a patented mechanism, the central hours hand jumps from one hour to the next, consistently following the correct sequence of numerals even though they are randomly placed on the dial. Every 60 minutes, the hand jumps to the next correct numeral, while the minutes hand continues its traditional sweep around the dial. This new and truly out-of-the-ordinary interpretation of time becomes
a fascinating visual game.
Available in many different colours, the timepiece displays the jumping hours, minutes and seconds functions thanks to a self-winding mechanical movement, whose heart beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a 40-hour power reserve. Enlivened by a movement structure composed of alternating concave and convex bridges, the iconic case undeniably draws the
eye in an appealing way. Graced with an 18-carat pink gold case teamed with an alligator leather strap, this model lends an original touch to the wrist of its lucky owner.