Franck Dubarry Crazy Wheel CW-04-07 – About Timepieces Exclusive Edition

The Franck Dubarry Crazy Wheel watch boasts an innovative hour and minute display. Its movement Calibre FD01 has been developed & produced in-house in the Swiss Mountains. This particular reference has a red crazy wheel and red crown accents and only 5 pieces will ever be made, exclusively available through About Timepieces.

Its name ‘Crazy Wheel’ refers 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.

Housed in the familiar faceted 43mm wide x 50mm grade 5 titanium case with black PVD Coating, the bezel and crown guards are made of forged carbon.

Franck Dubarry Crazy Wheel CW-04-07 – About Timepieces Exclusive Edition
Photo credit @ Danny Rab

Inside the really deep rehaut, where the chapter ring can usually be found, there are minute numerals marked in white for each 5 minutes from 05 to 60. Moving inwards, the dial is made up of multiple layers; mainly in black, but with white markings and some pops of silver and of course the red crazy wheel which indicates the hour. The date wheel is part open-worked on both left and right hand sides, with a small magnifier at 3 o’clock which indicates the current date.

A 360° rotating module (developed with master watchmaker Dominique Renaud) is the star of the show. In the centre of the dial there are a multitude of gears and wheels visible, which guide the minute hand around the dial; the red hour crazy wheel effectively hovers above it, as it moves around the dial. The seconds hand floats above it all.

The design of the hands have been inspired by aeronautics, while their tips decorated with Luminova allowing ease for both day and night reading of time.

Franck Dubarry Crazy Wheel CW-04-07 – About Timepieces Exclusive Edition
Photo credit @ Danny Rab

A single straight lug at top and bottom, where each strap connects to the case, has been specially designed to curve downwards for an ergonomic feel; the Elastogator® strap combined with a folding titanium deployment buckle secures to the wrist.

Franck Dubarry watch case back
Photo credit @ Danny Rab

The case back is solid PVD coated titanium, with various engravings, including the brand’s name, Limited Edition, the reference number and limited edition number.

Franck Dubarry is not overly well known for limiting production of specific references, however only 5 of this particular reference will be made available to purchase. Each piece is made to order and delivery time is in the region of 4 – 8 weeks.

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Technical details

Model: Franck Dubarry Crazy Wheel CW-04-07

Case
Titanium with Black PVD coating
43mm x 50mm Across
13.35 Depth
Composite carbon bezel and crown guards
Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal
Water resistant to 10 ATM / 100 M

Movement
Swiss made automatic
FD01 Movement with 360° Rotating bridge.
Developed & Manufactured by Franck Dubarry SA
Satellite Hours
Minutes/Sweep Second/Date
28’800 vibrations/hour, 33 jewels
Mechanical differential on hour dial, allowing the sub counter to remain horizontal throughout a 360 degree revolution
Flying bridge contains 46 components & wheels

Dial
5 levels of architecture
Opening diameter: 32.5mm
Laser cut hour disc, luminescent markers & hands.

Strap
Elastogator®
Leather & Natural rubber
Titanium with Black PVD coating deployment buckle

Price
£7,950 (plus UK VAT if applicable)