Officially unveiled at Baselworld 2017, the Franck Dubarry Crazy Wheel collection shakes up the codes of the traditional watch making industry by offering a brand new hours and minutes display.
When you look at a watch, what you usually want to see first is the time, and it is this insight that lies behind the creative process. The Crazy Wheel collection boasts a style dedicated to telling the time and its name pays tribute to the built-in sub counter that revolves around the dial. The hours are displayed on a counter that remains attached to the minute hand. The display is carried out by a bridge that rotates through 360 degrees around the minute markers.
This automatic movement is showcased by the iconic faceted case, an element that makes the brand immediately recognizable. For the special Maori version, the case is engraved with tattoos emblematic of Maori culture. The crown has been ergonomically designed for ease of handling.
In order to guarantee the quality of these watches, Franck Dubarry has used the most innovative technological materials, such as carbon, Kevlar and grade 5 titanium. The controlled balance of this combination gives the watch an unmistakably technical look. This aspect is further enhanced by a multitude of details: the design of the hands is inspired by aeronautics, while their tips decorated with Luminova allow them to be read day or night.
Where the strap meets the case beneath the lug has been specially worked for an ergonomic feel. The Elastogator® strap combined with a folding titanium buckle underlines the relaxed character of the Crazy Wheel collection.
On the back of the case, the sculpture of an active man expresses his relationship with time. For the designer, the Homo Tempus represents the digital man, who manages his time through technology.
Central Hours / Minutes / Seconds / Date (31-day simple calendar)
Swiss made automatic M100
Total diameter: 30.40 mm / Total height: 8.31 mm
4 Hertz movement
Swiss made Dubarry-manufactured additional module:
Rotating bridge, 360° in 60 minutes: minutes display
Hour dial built-in on module, 360° rotation in 60 minutes dependent on rotating bridge
Mechanical differential on hour dial allows the dial to remain horizontal for telling the time
Module contains 46 components
Titanium and forged carbon bezel
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Opening 32.5 mm Luminova markers and hands
Elastogator® – Genuine Leather & Rubber