Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours Collection

Franck Muller will present the new Vanguard Crazy Hours™ collection during its traditional watchmaking fair, the WPHH (the World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie), at the heart of its manufacture in Geneva, from Monday, January 14th to Friday, January 18th, 2019.

The Vanguard Crazy Hours ™ collection faithfully reflects the House’s audacity, while bringing a unique aestheticism to the collection. The most iconoclastic complication of Franck Muller: the Crazy Hours™, is highlighted in a Vanguard™ case with sporty curves and colorful numbers applied by hand. The material is into the spotlight, with the brushed stainless steel case and dial. An aesthetic that lives up to the eccentricity of the complication, with the iconic numbers of the Vanguard™ collection in blue, red, green or orange, that seem to stand out from the brushed stainless steel dial.

The luminescent hands match the color of the audacious applied numerals, and the lines of the box have been worked to give it a sporty and modern character.

The Vanguard Crazy Hours™ collection, combines boldness and creativity, giving people who wear this exceptional timepiece a new way to read the time. Indeed, since the earliest sun dials, the watch hands have always moved in chronological order from 1 to 12 and the association of the zenith with noon is so strong that nobody needs to recognise the numeral 12 in order to know what time it is. The Crazy Hours offers a new reading of time, showing hour numerals in the most unconventional order.

Thanks to a patented mechanism, the central hour hand literally jumps from one hour to the next, respectfully following the randomly numbers on the dial. Thereby, after every 60 minutes, the hour hand would jump to the next correct number. Meanwhile, the minute hand follows a conventional 60-minute cycle revolving around the dial.

About the Crazy Hours™
Launched in 2003, the Crazy Hours™ complication has attracted watch aficionados for more than fifteen years in its famous Cintrée Curvex™ case. It is now presented for the first time in a Vanguard™ case. The complication comprises a jumping hour module and an automatic movement. While the hour hand jumps to point the correct hour numeral, the minute hand revolves round the dial in a traditional 60-minute cycle. Although the hour numerals seem randomly placed, there is a sequence to the ‘crazy’ hours – each subsequent number is placed at an approximately 120-degree arc away from the preceding number.

Technical details

Reference: V 45 CH BR

Case
Stainless steel
Width 44 mm x Length 53.7 x Height 13.70 mm
Water resistant up to 30 meters

Functions
Central jumping hour hand
Central minutes and seconds

Movement
FM 2800 CH. Self-winding mechanical movement
Diamètre: 25.60 mm x Height 5.60 mm
28’800 vibrations/hour
42 hours power reserve
203 components, 27 jewels
Movement decoration: Côtes de Genève and sunray brushing on the bridges and oscillating weight. Circular graining of both side of the bottom plate. Diamond polishing on the bridges. 24k gold bath and rhodium treatment. 24k gold finish on the engravings. Blued screws. Sunray brushing on the rolling barrel and ratchet.

Dial
Brushed dial and applied Arabic numerals

Strap
Hand-sewn alligator strap and folding buckle

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