FRANC VILA

Franc Vila is a luxury Swiss watch brand based in Geneva. The brand takes its name from its visionary founder.

Franc Vila was born in Valencia, in the eastern Spain. He became passionately interested in art, design, watches and fountain pens at a very early age as well as collector of watches and fountain pens. He has formal education in art, philosophy and science. He was shareholder and creative producer in a film production company called “NEP”. He has worked as biochemistry investigator in the Valencia Biotechnology Institute, as the director of a chemistry laboratory, as science professor, and as the creative director of a luxury leather raw goods company.

Franc Vila started to design watches in 2000, when committed himself to create high quality mechanical watches only, and to create some of the best timepieces ever made.

Due to his education in chemistry he has a well knowledge of materials, and thanks to it he created his first wristwatches with a very special stainless steel with an innovative case structure of two pieces. His education in arts allowed him to design a watch case that evolved later in the “esprit unique” shape characteristic of the FRANC VILA watches.

The first Franc Vila timepiece was a minute repeating wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon-phases with a world premiere slide mechanism positioned inside of the case.

Franc Vila showed officially for first time his first collections in Baselworld 2005 with big success thanks to his original case and dial designs. Since then, Franc Vila has been presenting timepieces with his characteristic “esprit unique” design housing the most prestigious complications in horology such as Perpetual Calendars, Flyback Chronograph watches and tourbillons with minute repeater or with chronograph.

His absolute passion for excellence and for exclusivity leads to ultra limited collections of numerated timepieces with their movements accurately detailed in luxury finishes and decoration, adopting in the case of the tourbillon movements the “esprit unique” shape.

Contact details
Franc Vila
Headquarters & Showroom
6, Grand Rue
CH – 1204 Genève
www.francvila.com

FRANC VILA FVns81 Tourbillon Réveil Manufacture

FRANC VILA presents a new automatic tourbillon calibre with alarm housed in a 44mm Neo-Alta watchcase: the FVns81 Tourbillon Réveil Manufacture.

Mr. Vila explains that he has avoided during his whole trajectory manufacturing automatic tourbillon movements because the rotor hides the gorgeous mechanisms while the micro-rotor performance is not up the requirements of this kind of movements.

While peripheral rotors are not new in the industry FRANC VILA managed to create a new automatic wound tourbillon caliber which happens to be the first movement ever to be equipped with a single-piece peripheral rotor. Peripheral rotors are usually composed by three pieces due to the difficulty to make such a huge one-piece rotor completely flat.

The construction in three pieces solves the problem but introduces a technical drawback: the complication to align the three pieces and assembly them in the movement completely leveled. In the FV81 calibre FRANC VILA has achieved the goal for the first time to manufacture the rotor in just one completely flat single piece marking a milestone in the story of High-end Watchmaking.

The FVns81 Tourbillon Réveil Manufacture is presented with a deep three-dimensional skeleton version of the movement which shows its mechanical beauty including the hammer of the alarm, an entirely diamonds set version including the bezel and the dial and another with one row of diamonds on the bezel and on the openings of the dial to enhance the beauty of the movement.

Technical details

Case
Case and bezel in titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular bezel
Sapphire crystal and case back with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
FV81 automatic manufactured tourbillon calibre with alarm and peripheral weight.
Frequency 28800 vph
43 hours power reserve
40 rubies

Dial
Skeleton movement without dial
Indications of hours in appliqués around the bezel’s “Esprit Unique” shape

Functions
Hours and minutes
Tourbillon
Alarm

Bracelet
Crocodile leather bracelet

Edition
Limited edition 8 pieces

FRANC VILA FVn Nº 3 Inaccessible Tourbillon Minute Repeater

At Baselworld 2015, FRANC VILA presented the FVn Nº 3 Inaccessible Tourbillon Minute Repeater. As explained by Franc Vila, the creator of the Swiss brand, he chose the name Inaccessible because there won’t be two identical watches in this collection. Every piece will have a unique dial or some details that will made them different.

The inaugural piece of the collection was presented in Baselworld 2015 and is the first platinum watch ever made by FRANC VILA. This material is not normally optimal for minute repeaters due to its density, but Franc Vila faced this challenge thanks to his background as a chemist and his acquired knowledge and experience when the brand introduced the SuperLigero collections.

The FVn Nº 3 Inaccessible follows the philosophy of the FVa35 SuperLigero 5-Minute repeater: the clever combination of different densities in the watchcase and in the parts of the movement in charge of the transmission of the sound. This technical approach delivers an astounding sonority thus allowing the use of dense materials for the construction of the watchcase.

Mr. Vila has also developed a completely different piece by creating a skeleton version of the movement. Presented in red gold, the timepiece shows its mechanical beauty through the front crystal without any obstruction apart of the floating indexes for the hours. The deepness and three-dimensional effect is enriched and emphasized with the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock.

One of the characteristics of the FVn Nº 3 Inaccessible is the mechanism to activate the minute repetition. Instead of using a lever to start the repeater Franc Vila chose the rotation of the bezel, thus achieving a more balanced design from aesthetics point of view. The FVn Nº 3 is also the first tourbillon with minute repeater water resistant to 100 meters ever made.

Technical details

Case
Case and bezel in platinum or red gold
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular bezel
Sapphire crystal and case back with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
FV Nº 3 hand-wound manufactured calibre
Flying tourbillon with minute repeater
Frequency 21600 vph
90 hours power reserve
29 rubies.315 pieces

Functions
Hours and minutes
Minute repeater

Dial
Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock
Red gold version: Skeleton movement with floating apliques for the hours. Minutes indexes disposed around the border of the movement adapting to the “esprit unique” shape.

Bracelet
Crocodile leather bracelet with fold over-clasp

Edition
Ultra-exclusive collection composed of unique pieces

Franc Vila FV17i Vila Vintage Chrono Bicompax Intrepido

Dressed in an extremely powerful and sturdy case in titanium topped with “Diehard Extreme Steel” bezel, the FV17i Vila Vintage Chrono Bicompax Intrepido watch features a Sunburst guilloché blue dial with red highlights. This 88 piece limited edition timepiece is equipped with an automatic movement, the FV17 calibre featuring “Gold concept”, a rotor concept exclusive to Franc Vila. The timepiece is secured with a matching blue crocodile leather strap with red top-stitching.

Technical details

Movement
Mechanical automatic FV17 calibre, assembled and finished by hand, “Gold concept rotor” exclusive to Franc Vila, 42-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, bicompax chronograph

Case
Titanium, “Esprit Unique” ellipse shape, 56.5 x 47 mm
“DieHard Extreme Steel” bezel
Sapphire crystal and back with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Water-resistant to 100 metres

Dial
Sunburst guilloché blue
30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date window at 6 o’clock

Bracelet/Strap
Blue crocodile leather with red topstitching
Steel folding clasp

Retail prices
CHF16,200.- USD 18,400.- €12,500.-

FRANC VILA FV EVOS 18 Cobra Suspended Skeleton

The famous “Cobra” collection by Franc Vila, the first evolution of the famous case that is so characteristic of the “Esprit Unique” of the brand, is now available in a skeleton version. This latest creation, the Cobra FV 18E “Manual Suspended Skeleton”, combines titanium, steel, and carbon fiber in the case.

In order to appreciate the inner mechanical workings, the timepiece has eliminated the dial and replaced it with the glass of the bezel for a better view of the movement. When our regard stops at the skeleton movement, it is like magic. Time becomes suspended as if by enchantment.

While the movement is hand-assembled and finished, the prowess lies in the fact that the movement is in total suspension. It is held in place by an ingenious system of springs. The main plate and the bridges have been given a sandblasted and diamond finish, and have been chamfered and treated with an NAC technique. The gears are in rhodium to give it an even more brilliant appearance.

Another feature is the barrel, which is held in place by means of a sliding bar to avoid damage that might be caused by excessive winding of the movement. This skeletonized and suspended Cobra movement gracefully pays homage to master watchmakers and Swiss savoir-faire.

Technical details

Case
Bezel in titanium-steel or black DLC and carbon fiber
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular bezel
Sapphire crystal and case back with double anti-reflective treatment
Water-resistant to 100 meters

Movement
The high-quality, manual-winding FV 18E skeleton mechanical movement has been hand-assembled and finished. The movement is held in place by a system of springs. The main plate and bridges have been given a sand-blasted and diamond fnish, treated with NAC. Rhodium gear train. Barrel secured with a sliding bar to prevent damage from over-winding.
21 jewels
28,000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 44 to 46 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes

Dial
Crystal imbedded with numbers and FV logo

Bracelet
Black rubber with fold-over clasp in steel or black DLC

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

FRANC VILA FVi Nº 8 Tourbillon Intrepido II SuperLigero Skeleton (Version-II)

Independent watchmaker, FRANC VILA, has introduced a new addition to the Intrepido Collection, the ultra-limited edition FVi Nº 8 Tourbillon Intrepido SuperLigero Skeleton, launched during Baselworld 2013. Featuring a skeletonized hand wound tourbillon and 100 hours power reserve, the timepiece is set into a grade 5 titanium case coated with black DLC, with an 18kt red gold bezel. Housed in the second evolution of the highly recognizable FRANC VILA case design, the architectural design and construction of the watch reflects embodies the synergy between watchmaking expertise and contemporary design.

Visible through the sapphire crystal, the skeletonized dial allows the wearer to see the harmony of the movement and its impeccably balanced proportions. As part of the Intrepido Collection, the timepiece exhibits the same uncompromising aspects as its predecessors, with bridges made in a new generation of Lightnium — an aluminum-lithium alloy which is half the density of the titanium and double the rigidity.

This allows for structural weight reduction of the movement while being rigid enough to stand up the stresses of the barrel, the gears and the tourbillon. The frequency of the regulating organ is 21600 vph and is equipped with silicon escape wheel and lever. The dial is highlighted with red detailing on the hands, a bold contrast to the rich gold of the bezel and crown protector, as well as black DLC and strap.

The introduction of the FVi Nº 8 is the result of a long process of research and innovation during 5 years of work in concept timepieces, blending extreme technical prowess and performance, to ultimately produce a technically advanced, high-performance sports watch.

Franc Vila’s passion for the development of different masterpieces with the characteristic of being very light, while extremely robust, in order to provide to the Haute Horlogerie lovers a collection of contemporary and complicated watches able to withstand exigent sport activities, allows this timepiece to proudly be added to the SuperLigero concept that was introduced in 2008.

Technical details

Case
Bezel and inserts in red gold or in Black Die Hard Extreme Steel
Carrure in DLC Titanium
Special “Intrepido” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
FV Nº 8 calibre. 17 jewels. 178 components. 21600
vph. 4.5 days of power reserve. Bridges manufactured in 5N or black colored Lightnium. Lever escapement and escape wheel in silicon. Flat balance spring. Fine regulation of balance through
screws.

Functions
Hours, minutes.

Dial
Crystal embedded with numbers and FV logo.

Bracelet
Black rubber sport strap with deployment buckle.

Edition

Ultra-limited edition 8 pieces

FRANC VILA FVn19 Neo Alta Patriot Limited Editions

Launched in 2013, the collection “Neo Alta” is now becoming the second icon of the brand. With new limited edition of “Neo Alta Patriot”, Franc Vila is animating the dial and the strap with colours in tribute to various countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, Russia, United States of America, Venezuela…

The Neo Alta evokes all the codes and features of the Franc Vila brand. Although as contemporary timekeeper, it represents traditional watchmaking with a resolutely recognizable design.

This unique collection embodies the third evolution of the famous case that is so characteristic of the brand’s “Esprit Unique.” While leaving its DNA intact, the proportions of the case have been revisited to give the timepiece a more neo-classic design, one that might have seen the light of day in the 1970s, with a classic, streamlined, and pure appearance.

The Neo Alta represents a return to the basics, with a simple yet refined carbon fibre dial that highlights the classic display of hours and minutes. As for the seconds, they are displayed on a disc placed at 6 o’clock.

The bracelet has taken on a more modern look with a very durable woven synthetic material called V-Tex, which is quite comfortable for the wearer.

Technical details

Case
Case and bezel in black DLC or DieHard Extreme steel
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular bezel
Sapphire crystal and case back with double anti- reflective treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
High-quality self winding Fvn19 mechanical movement, hand-assembled and finished
FRANC VILA Exclusive « Gold Concept Rotor »
21 jewels
28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 42 to 44 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Dial
Black carbon fiber with imbedded indices
Disk of seconds at 6 o’clock

Bracelet
Black or colored V-Tex material with various colors of stitching and doubled leather black calf velvet with fold-over clasp in black DLC or DieHard Extreme steel

Edition
Limited edition of 18 pieces

FRANC VILA FVq80 – Second Tribute to Ladies, High Jewellery

Franc Vila is now presenting its second version of “Tribute to Ladies” collection: A replica of its classic men’s model, but with more feminine proportions. Its case measures 38 mm in diameter and is set with diamonds or precious gemstones that evoke the screws found on the 55-mm men’s version.

The Franc Vila brand has taken a new step by offering for the first time on the market a collection that includes a high quality quartz movement. Specially designed for today’s modern woman and her active lifestyle, this simple yet highly sophisticated timepiece displays the hours, minutes, and seconds in a very elegant case, while maintaining the “Esprit Unique” of the brand.

Very practical, the bracelets are interchangeable, making them a delight for women who like to match the colours of their wardrobe.

Technical details

Case
Bezel in “DieHard Extreme” steel and carbon fiber
Diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular dial
The “Royal Blue classic” version is entirely set with Top Wesselton VS1diamonds (1.60 cts)
The “Miss Selenity” mother-of-pearl version features a single row of Top Wesselton VS1diamonds diamonds (0.30 ct)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and case back
Water resistant to 100 m

Movement
Quartz Calibre FVQ80

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Dial
“Royal Blue classic” dial with silvered color indexes, logo and decoration. “Miss Selenity” mother-of-pearl dial with diamond hour markers
Seconds at 6 o’clock

Bracelet
Interchangeable crocodile leather bracelet with “DieHard Extreme” steel clasp

FRANC VILA FVq80 – Second Tribute to Ladies, Classical Dials Collection

Franc Vila is now presenting its second version of “Tribute to Ladies” collection: A replica of its classic men’s model, but with more feminine proportions. Its case measures 38 mm in diameter and is set with diamonds or precious gemstones that evoke the screws found on the 55-mm men’s version.

The Franc Vila brand has taken a new step by offering for the frst time on the market a collection that includes a high quality quartz movement. Specially designed for today’s modern woman and her active lifestyle, this simple yet highly sophisticated timepiece displays the hours, minutes, and seconds in a very elegant case, while maintaining the “Esprit Unique” of the brand.

Very practical, the bracelets are interchangeable, making them a delight for women who like to match the colours of their wardrobe.

Technical details

Case
Case and bezel in “DieHard Extreme” steel or in 5N rose gold
Diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular dial
Bezel set with 2 white diamonds VS1
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and case back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Movement
Quartz Calibre FVQ80

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Dial
Pink mother of pearl or grey anthracite classic dial5N golden or silvered decoration (index, hands, logo) Seconds at 6 o’clock

Bracelet
Interchangeable black satin bracelet with “DieHard Extreme” steel or 5N rose gold clasp

FRANC VILA FV EVOS 8Ch “Cobra” Chronographe Grand Dateur Automatique New Dial Versions

FRANC VILA introduces two new dial variations for 2013 as part of the “Cobra” collection.

Housed in the first evolution of his iconic “esprit unique” watch case, the timepieces are accented with electric blue or scarlet red luminescent material, highlighting the numbers, indexes, skeleton hands and logo. Furthermore, the dial center is now accented with carbon fiber.

The oval shape of the ‘Cobra’ case, with its elliptically-shaped dial that resembles the head of a cobra, is sculptured from titanium with a Die Hard Extreme Steel and carbon fiber bezel. The case is endowed with an elongated chronograph start/stop pusher, positioned at 2 o’clock and reset pusher located at 4 o’clock, surrounded by a carbon fiber crown protector. It’s impressive size, measuring 58 mm wide by 42mm tall; however, on the wrist it is elegant and flattering.

 

Built to stand depths of 300 meters, the “Cobra” collection of timepieces are strengthened by carbon fiber inserts to ensure the protection of the watch, and were specially conceived for extreme and intense water activities that can withstand even the most strenuous sports.

Polished carbon fiber also graces the bezel, and slopes inwards drawing your eye towards the dial. The automatic Caliber FV8Ch movement is embellished with hand finished decoration incorporating a custom automatic “Gold Concept” central rotor, exclusively created in the FRANC VILA workshop. Using gold for weight, the rotors resemble the shape of the watch case and dial. The chronograph movement also features a double-window calendar clearly displaying the date. The subdials are located at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions with the functions of the small seconds counter, 12 hour counter, and the 30 minute counter respectively. Both the dial and the case-back are protected by sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides.

Technical details

Case
Bezel in DieHard Extreme Steel and carbon-fiber
Case in Titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
58 mm wide by 42mm tall
Thickness 18 mm
Chronograph start/stop pusher at 2’
Chronograph reset pusher at 4’
Crystal and case back both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant 300 meters

Movement
High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV8Ch
FRANC VILA Exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”
Power reserve of 42 hours.

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds
Chronograph
Big date

Dial
Center in carbon fiber
“Big date” indication in central window
Chronograph subsidiary dials at 6’ (minutes) and at 9’ (hours)
Chronograph seconds indication displayed by central hand
Seconds indication at 3’
Arabic numbers, indexes, hands and logo in red or blue luminescent material

Strap
Black Rubber Strap with DieHard Extreme Steel deployant buckle or crocodile leather strap with red or blue stitching

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

FRANC VILA FVi Nº 8 Tourbillon Intrepido SuperLigero Skeleton

Independent watchmaker, FRANC VILA, introduces a new addition to the Intrepido Collection, the ultra-limited edition FVi Nº 8 Tourbillon Intrepido SuperLigero Skeleton. Featuring a skeletonized hand wound tourbillon and 100 hour power reserve, the timepiece is set into a grade 5 titanium case coated with black DLC, with an 18kt red gold bezel. Housed in the second evolution of the highly recognizable FRANC VILA case design, the architectural design and construction of the watch reflects embodies the synergy between watchmaking expertise and contemporary design.

Visible through the sapphire crystal, the skeletonized dial allows the wearer to see the harmony of the movement and its impeccably balanced proportions. As part of the Intrepido Collection, the timepiece exhibits the same uncompromising aspects as its predecessors, with bridges made in a new generation of Lightnium – an aluminum-lithium alloy which is half the density of the titanium and double the rigidity. This allows for structural weight reduction of the movement while being rigid enough to stand up the stresses of the barrel, the gears and the tourbillon.

The frequency of the regulating organ is 21600 vph and is equipped with silicon escape wheel and lever. The dial is highlighted with red detailing on the hands, a bold contrast to the rich gold of the bezel and crown protector, as well as black DLC and strap. The introduction of the FVi Nº 8 is the result of a long process of research and innovation during 5 years of work in concept timepieces, blending extreme technical prowess and performance, to ultimately produce a technically advanced, high performance sports watch.

Technical details

Case
Bezel and inserts in red gold
Carrure in DLC Titanium
Special “Intrepido” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
FV Nº 8 calibre. 17 jewels
178 components
21600 vph
4.5 days of power reserve
Bridges manufactured in 5N colored Lightnium
Lever escapement and escape wheel in silicon
Flat balance spring
Fine regulation of balance through screws

Functions
Hours and minutes

Straps
Black rubber sport straps with deployment buckle

Edition
Ultra-limited edition 8 pieces

FRANC VILA FVn19 Neo Alta Limited Edition

During Baselworld, Franc Vila presented the brand’s latest collection, “Neo Alta.” This unique collection embodies the third evolution of the famous case that is so characteristic of the brand’s “Esprit Unique.”

While leaving its DNA intact, the proportions of the case have been revisited to give the timepiece a more neo-classic design, one that might have seen the light of day in the 1970s, with a classic, streamlined, and pure appearance.

The Neo Alta represents a return to the basics, with a simple yet refined carbon fiber dial that highlights the classic display of hours and minutes. As for the seconds, they are displayed on a disc placed at 6 o’clock.

The bracelet has taken on a more modern look with a very durable woven synthetic material called V-Tex, which is quite comfortable for the wearer.

Technical details

Case
Case and bezel in DieHard Extreme steel or in black DieHard Extreme steel
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular bezel
Sapphire crystal and case back with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
High-quality self winding Fvn19 mechanical movement, hand-assembled and finished
FRANC VILA Exclusive « Gold Concept Rotor »
21 jewels
28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 42 to 44 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Dial
Black carbon fiber with imbedded indices
Disk of seconds at 6 o’clock

Bracelet
Black or red V-Tex material with black stitching and doubled leather black calf velvet with fold-over clasp in (Black) DieHard Extreme steel

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

FRANC VILA FVt Nº 1 Tourbillon Planètaire

Franc presented its first tourbillon timepiece for ladies at Baselworld 2012. The FVt Nº 1 is included in the brand’s Tribute collection, in which Mr. Vila faced the challenge of designing a feminine collection for sophisticated women with strong character. The heart of the timekeeper is the FV Nº 1 manufactured calibre, hand-made and hand decorated. Equipped with a flying tourbillon with 5 days power reserve, this movement made history adopting an aesthetic shape for the first time: the “esprit unique shape”.

This movement is equipped with advanced systems and technologies that turn this piece into a very contemporary tourbillon. The “Inertial Moment Control” technology allows a precise adjustment through inertial moment, and the “Wheels Differential System” is a radically new spherical differential system used to wind the power reserve, with wheel arms directly incorporating the planetary gears. This innovative system allows a fast planetary winding function reduces the time to wind this exclusive timepiece by two-thirds.

Technical details

Case
DLC DieHard Extreme Steel
2 rubies in frontal part of the bezel
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant 100 meters

Movement
FV Nº 1 exclusive mechanical movement with manual winding, manufactured, assembled and hand decorated by FRANC VILA
Mechanism manufactured in the characteristic “esprit unique” shape
Movement finished and polished by hand
Frequency 21600 vph
24 rubies
120 hours power reserve
Suspended tourbillon without ball bearing, with “Wheels Differential” and “Inertial Moment Control” systems
“Balancier à Masselottes” in gold
Manufactured Lever Escapement and Escape wheel
Unique Barrel “Planétaire Sphérique”

Functions
Hours, minutes and power reserve indication

Dial
Black mother of pearl with “clous de Paris” and red numbers
Power reserve indication at 9′

Strap
Genuine Alligator hand stitched strap
DLC DieHard Extreme Steel pin buckle

Edition
Ultra-limited edition 8 pieces

FRANC VILA FVa61 SuperLigero Automatic Big Date

FRANC VILA introduces a new timepiece in its SuperLigero Concept collection, named FVa61 SuperLigero Automatic.

With the introduction in 2008 of the FVa Nº 6, a skeleton tourbillon with 5 days of power reserve, Franc Vila inaugurated his well known and successful collection named SuperLigero Concept. The concept consists in the development of different masterpieces with the characteristic of being very light while extremely robust in order to provide to the Haute Horlogerie lovers a collection of contemporary and complicated watches able to withstand exigent sport activities.

The common element in all the timepieces introduced under the SuperLigero concept is the use of Lightnium, an aluminium-lithium based alloy used in state of the art aeronautical engineering. Its main characteristics are lightness combined with high tensile strength, allowing structural weight reduction and an increase in the elastic modulus performance. These characteristics allow for the development of very robust movements like the FV Nº 6 skeleton tourbillon or the FV Nº Cuatro SuperLigero chronograph tourbillon.

The new timepiece is equipped with the FV61 manufactured automatic calibre, made in Lightnium, and boasts a “big date” with a double window calendar clearly displaying the date, a useful indication, easily readable, that people like to use.

Technical details

Case
Blackened titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
Manufactured Mechanical Self-Winding movement caliber FV35
26 jewels
Frequency 28.800 vph
Power reserve of 50 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds
Big date

Dial
Smoked sapphire dial with hours and minutes indications
Big date at 12′
Small seconds sapphire disc at 6′

Strap
Rubber sport strap with Black DieHard Extreme Steel deployant buckle
Crocodile leather also included

Edition
Limited edition 88 pieces

FRANC VILA FVt71 « Selenity » Complete Calendar with Moon Phase

The “Tribute” collection introduces the first FRANC VILA ladies watch, in which Mr. Vila faced the challenge of designing a feminine collection for sophisticated women with strong character.

This Franc Vila “esprit unique” Timepiece combines a Full Calendar displaying date, day of the week and month with a moon phase. This classical and eternal design is a homage to the astrological calendars of the 40´s and 50´s with central Windows displaying the day of the week and the month and a subsidiary dial located at number six displaying the date and moon phase.

Technical details

Case
DieHard Extreme steel
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant 100 meters
White mother-of-pearl edition: DieHard Extreme Steel. 91 diamonds (0.70 cts) in the internal part of the bezel
2 diamonds in frontal part of bezel

Movement
High-Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber
FV7. 27 rubies
FRANC VILA Exclusive Gold Concept Rotor
Power reserve of 120 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds
Full Calendar displaying day, month and date as well as moonphase

Dial
Month and day of the week indication in central windows
Date and moonphase indications at 6’
“Marqueterie” dial in pink or white mother-of-pearl

Strap
Genuine Alligator hand stitched strap
DieHard Extreme Steel buckle (not folding)

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

FRANC VILA FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater Superligero Concept

FRANC VILA unveiled a new timepiece featuring 5 minutes repetition complication and built to provide a clear sonority thanks to the use of Lightnium combined with titanium. The new watch, named FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater, is included in the brand’s SuperLigero Concept collection.

With the introduction in 2008 of the FVa Nº 6, a skeleton tourbillon with 5 days of power reserve, Franc Vila inaugurated his well known and successful collection named SuperLigero Concept. The concept consists in the development of different masterpieces with the characteristic of being very light while extremely robust in order to provide to the Haute Horlogerie lovers a collection of contemporary and complicated watches able to withstand exigent sport activities.

The common element in all the timepieces introduced under the SuperLigero concept is the use of Lightnium, an aluminium-lithium based alloy used in state of the art aeronautical engineering. Its main characteristics are lightness combined with high tensile strength, allowing structural weight reduction and an increase in the elastic modulus performance. These characteristics allow for the development of very robust movements like the FV Nº 6 skeleton tourbillon or the FV Nº Cuatro SuperLigero chronograph tourbillon. In new FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater SuperLigero Concept this advanced material brings furthermore a very important virtue regarding the sonority of the minute repetition. The FVa35 is a very sporty repeater in which the use of Lightnium enhances its sound performance.

The rigidity of Lightnium, its low density and elastic modulus are optimal to ensure the best possible sonority. The density parameter is one of the most important for the transmission of the sound through the materials and it is considered a good value when it is lower than 5 g/cm3. For this reason titanium is a good material for the construction of the watchcases for repeaters, with 4.2 g/cm3. The alloy used in Lightnium provides a density of just 2.4 g/cm3, making it perfect for the transmission of sound. Also, the elastic modulus of this material is 79 GPa, far away of the 100 GPa maximum limit considered to be optimal for the transmission of sound. Due to these superb attributes of Lightnium, in the FVa35 the inner part of the watchcase is made in this material, which is in charge of transmitting the sound with the lowest possible loss of energy to the outer part of the watchcase, made in high-grade titanium. This combination of titanium and Lightnium ensures optimal sound qualities for the repetition complication.

The movement has been designed to exhibit a complete view of the sonnerie movement with a skeleton like approach which shows all the movement, with its gongs and hammers, in an impressive three-dimensional deep sight. In order to provide the best view of the mechanism, Franc Vila chose to avoid the use of dial with the intention to show the naked beauty of the movement when the minute repetition is activated on demand with the pusher.

Technical details

Case
Titanium and Die Hard Extreme steel with inner part of the carrure in Lightnium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided antiglare treatment
Repeater pusher at 8′
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV35. FRANC VILA Exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”
Power reserve of 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds
5-minutes repeater

Strap
Rubber sport strap with DieHard Extreme Steel deployment buckle. Double side crocodile leather strap also included

Edition
Limited edition 88 pieces

FRANC VILA Intrepido Collection – FVi Nº 7 Tourbillon Intrepido and FVi9 Chrono Intrepido

FRANC VILA unveiled in Baselworld 2011 a brand new collection named “Intrepido” which introduces the second evolution of its very characteristic watchcase design. The new collection is composed by a tourbillon and a chronograph with complete calendar and their main feature is that they are built in new nano-technological materials.

The Geneva brand started its research in nanotechnology with the introduction of the FV Nº Cuatro Chronograph Tourbillon SuperLigero Concept and has been working for more than two years in the search and development of two new materials based on the ones used in the aerospace industry, concept car manufacturing and Formula 1.

FVi9 Chrono Intrepido – Chronograph with complete calendar

One of them is NanoTube Titanium (NTT), a very special titanium internally structured in
nanotubes which is 35% less dense that the regular titanium. The other material is a new high-end performance composite developed by FRANC VILA which is made of carbon-graphene and a relevant percentage of NanoTube Titanium named Deep NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite.

FVi Nº 7 Tourbillon Intrepido

With a density almost four times less than steel, more than two times less than regular titanium, and about 70% less dense that NanoTube Titanium, the main characteristics of this material are: outstanding elastic module, ultimate thermal stability with amagnetic properties, and overall impressive resistance while being extremely light.

The “Intrepido” collection introduces the second evolution of the unique FRANC VILA watchcase, respecting the original philosophy of creating extremely resistant watches for modern active lifestyles. The “Intrepido” watchcase benefits of ultimate performance properties of the new nanotechnology materials, by providing even more resistance while being lighter and slimmer.

The new design improves the protection system of inserts in the carrure, as already adopted in the “Cobra” collection, by using mono-block technology. The new watchcase is produced in two versions, according to the two exclusive materials: The NanoTube Titanium and the Deep NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite. The NanoTube Titanium version benefits of the strong nanotube structure resulting more resistant, while the version in Deep NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite is also equipped with two additional innovative protection technologies. First, this advanced composite embeds a relevant percentage of NanoTube Titanium material, which provides internal diffused focal points for energy-absorption, preventing damages in case of shock, thanks to difference in density.

Furthermore, the three parts of the watchcase (front, carrure and back) are assembled with NanoTube Titanium screws, which travel through the case, from the back to the bezel, acting as energy absorption columns in case of shock, thanks again to the difference of density between the NanoTube Titanium and the Carbon-Graphene composite.

FVi Nº 7 Tourbillon Intrepido

The FVi Nº 7 Tourbillon Intrepido inherits the philosophy of the renowned FRANC VILA SuperLigero Concept of creating contemporary extremely light and ultra-resistant timekeepers thanks to the use of state of the art high-end performance materials in the movement. In the Tourbillon Intrepido, Franc Vila has pushed the boundaries a step beyond by bringing the new materials to the watchcase also, thus updating the SuperLigero Concept to what the brand calls SuperLigero2 Concept. In the FVi Nº 7 Tourbillon Intrepido both base plate and bridges of the movement and the watchcase, are built in Deep NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite.

The movement features a tourbillon with day & night three-dimensional indication and 96 hours of power reserve and inherits the innovations already featured in the previous tourbillons of the Brand, such as the “Inertial Moment Control” technology, improving tourbillon accuracy, as well as the fast rotation barrel, which allows a more rapid winding of the movement.

Technical details

Case
Whole watchcase in NanoTube Titanium (NTT) or in NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite
Special “Intrepido” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
FV Nº 7 calibre. 24 rubies
96 hours power reserve
Tourbillon with inertial moment control mechanism and fast rotation barrel
Base plate and bridges manufactured in Deep NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite
Tourbillon diameter: 14,2 mm. Balancier diameter: 10 mm

Functions
Hours and minutes
3D day and night indication

Dial
Indications printed in the crystal
3D day and night indication at 9′

Straps
Black rubber sport straps and black crocodile leather straps with deployment buckle.
Ultra-limited edition 8 pieces

FVi9 Chrono Intrepido – Chronograph with complete calendar

The new FVi9 Chrono Intrepido inherits the avant-garde technical solutions from the ultimate state-of-the-art nanotechnology watchcase introduced in the Tourbillon Intrepido. This highly complicated movement is able to measure accurate time intervals, and provides also the simultaneous indication of the date, the day of the week, the month and the moon phases.

Technical details

Case
Whole watchcase in NanoTube Titanium (NTT) or in NanoTube Titanium Carbon-Graphene Composite
Special “Intrepido” shape with elliptic and circular bezel. Chronographe start/stop pusher at 2’
Chronograph reset pusher at 4’
Corrector buttons at 2‘(moonphase), at 4’ (day of the week), at 8‘ (date) and at 10’ (month)
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant 100 meters

Movement
High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV9.
FRANC VILA Exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”
Power reserve of 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds
Chronograph
Date, day of the week and month
Moon phases

Dial
Three layered dial combining brushed and soleil finishing
Chronograph subsidiary dials at 6’ (minutes) and at 9’ (hours)
Chronograph seconds indication displayed by central hand
Calendar indications in subsidiary dials at 12‘ (date), at 6’ (day of the week) and at 9‘ (month)
Seconds indication in subsidiary dial at 12’. Moon phases indication at 3’

Strap
Black rubber sport straps and black crocodile leather straps with deployment buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

FRANC VILA FVt28 Jumping Hours Automatique “Ivy Edition”

The new “Tribute” collection introduces the first FRANC VILA ladies watch, in which Mr. Vila faced the challenge of designing a feminine collection for sophisticated women with strong character. This Franc Vila “esprit unique” Timepiece is equipped with the automatic FV28 calibre which features “jumping hours” function.

Technical details

Case
Blue Edition: DieHard Extreme Steel. 387 diamonds (2.45 cts, quality TW VVS pure): bezel fully paved with diamonds and lugs paved with diamonds. 2 blue sapphires in frontal part of bezel. Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel. Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment. Water resistant 100 meters.

White Edition: DieHard Extreme Steel. 91 diamonds (0.70 cts) in the internal part of the bezel. 2 diamonds in frontal part of bezel.

Movement
High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV28. 27 rubies. FRANC VILA Exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”. Power reserve of 42 hours.

Functions
Jumping hours, minutes and seconds.

Dial
Blue Edition: Blue mother-of-pearl with printed floral decoration. 8 indexes set with diamonds. Hours window at 12′. Small seconds at 6′.

White Edition: White mother-of-pearl with printed floral decoration. 8 indexes set diamonds. Hours window at 12′. Small seconds at 6′.

Strap
Genuine Alligator hand stitched strap. DieHard Extreme Steel buckle (not folding).

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces.

FRANC VILA FV EVOS Nº 1 “Cobra” Tourbillon Planétaire

FRANC VILA introduces a tourbillon timepiece in its “Cobra” collection, which was released in Baselworld 2009 and introduced the first evolution of the “esprit unique” watchcase characteristic of the brand. Its big success has led Franc Vila to bring his classics to the collection as a homage to his beginnings.

The FRANC VILA “Cobra” collection introduces the first evolution of the characteristic “esprit unique” watchcase. The new case is dedicated to aficionados of extreme sports. Built to withstand 300 meters deep, the “Cobra” timepieces are specially conceived for hard and intense water activities. The carbon fiber inserts ensure the protection of the watch for the most exigent sports.

The FV EVOS Nº 1 “Cobra” Tourbillon Planétaire is equipped with the exclusive manufactured calibre FRANC VILA FV Nº 1. This calibre is one of the first hand-made and hand-decorated FRANC VILA’s own movements. Equipped with a flying tourbillon with 5 days of power reserve, this movement made history adopting an aesthetic shape for the first time: the “esprit unique shape”. This movement is equipped with advanced systems and technologies that turn this piece into a very contemporary tourbillon.

The “Inertial Moment Control” technology allows a precise adjustment through inertial moment, and the “Wheels Differential System” is a radically new spherical differential system used to wind the power reserve, with wheel arms directly incorporating the planetary gears. This innovative system allows a fast planetary winding function reduces the time to wind this exclusive timepiece by two-thirds.

The FV EVOS Nº 1 “Cobra” Tourbillon Planétaire is limited to 8 pieces in red gold and 8 pieces in titanium and DieHard Extreme Steel.

FRANC VILA FVa15 Column Regulator Automatique

The FRANC VILA FVa15 Column Regulator is a contemporary interpretation of the classic Regulator complication used by watchmakers to set time in the watches. This is also the first FRANC VILA timepiece using meteorite in the dial, combined with sapphire glass.

The watch maintains the characteristic “esprit unique” shape in the watchcase. The asymmetrical column design of the dial allows to admire the movement that beats inside. The timekeeper is equipped with the FRANC VILA FV15 automatic calibre, which features regulator function indicating hours, minutes and seconds, and the additional indication of date in a window in the dial.

Technical details

Case
Bezel in DieHard Extreme Steel
Carrure in titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel. Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV15. FRANC VILA Exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”
Power reserve of 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds
Date indication

Dial
Meteorite, brushed metal, and sapphire glass. Date indication at 3′

Straps
Rubber sport straps with DieHard Extreme Steel deployant buckle
Crocodile leather straps also included.

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

FRANC VILA FVa Nº 6 Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept Blue and Orange “Lightnium” Versions

FRANC VILA unveils new versions in blue or orange “Lightnium” of the SuperLigero skeleton tourbillon.

Continuing his aim to bring together sport, state of the art engineering, architecture and modern art, Franc Vila has created a deep and vibrant contemporary blue or orange version of his impressive skeleton tourbillon movement FV Nº 6, aesthetically inspired by contemporary art.

FVa Nº 6 Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept was first introduced in Baselworl 2008. Its movement has been built for the first time ever in a Lithium-based alloy christened ”lightnium”. This new material is an extremely low density metal, formerly reserved for state of the art aeronautical engineering. Its main characteristics are lightness combined with high tensile strength, allowing for structural weight reduction and an increase in the elasticity of the module.

Designed to be shock and stress resistant, FVa Nº 6 Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept is the result not only of an intense quest for aesthetics, but also of technical prowess. The creation of a movement with these characteristics in a material with these properties has led FRANC VILA to seek inspiration in disciplines not traditionally related to High-End Watchmaking. The structural design of the mechanism has its roots in modern architecture. By using an extremely low density material and reducing the movement to its minimum expression, it is made into a skeleton. All the while, maximum stability of the system is ensured by allowing the movement to be rigid enough to stand up to the stresses of the gear train, barrel and tourbillon thereby ensuring perfect performance. The lightness of this new material means that the movement is less affected by inertial forces. This advantage, combined with its strong architectural design, make this tourbillon the strongest and sportiest skeleton watch in its category.

The staging of an aesthetic clearly inspired by contemporary art is a clear expression of the artistic background of the founder of the brand. We see this in the back of the movement and the impressive cage of the tourbillon which is constructed in coloured Lightnium and decorated with the logo of the firm. This timepiece is without doubt the most impressive proof to date of the artistic and technical sensibility of Franc Vila. He once again pushes his ethos to the maximum by creating a calibre which, while being a skeleton, maintains the characteristic “Esprit Unique” shape which gives all his creations their strong and unmistakable identity.

Technically, the movement has 5 days of reserve power. Its regulatory organ is a flying tourbillon which is equipped with the “Inertial Moment Control”. This control constantly and precisely regulates the tourbillon. A differential system of planetary gears allows a fast planetary winding function effectively reducing by two-thirds the number of turns needed to wind the watch.

Technical details

Case
Black Titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant 100 meters

Movement
FV Nº 6 Mechanical movement with manual winding
24 rubies
Flying tourbillon with “Inertial Moment Control System” and “Wheels Differential System”
Mechanism manufactured in the brand’s characteristic “Esprit Unique” shape, hand-made and hand-decorated
Bridge of the tourbillon and plate made in blue ”Lightnium”

Functions
Hours, minutes and power reserve indication

Dial
Transparent sapphire dial with hours and minutes indications
Power reserve indication at 9

Edition
Ultra-limited edition 8 pieces

FRANC VILA FV EVOS 8 COBRA Chronographe Grand Dateur Automatique

The FRANC VILA “Cobra” collection introduces the first evolution of the characteristic “esprit unique” watchcase. The new case is dedicated to aficionados of extreme sports. Built to stand up to 300 meters deep, the “Cobra” timepieces are specially conceived for hard and intense water activities. The carbon fiber inserts ensure the protection of the watch for the most exigent sports.

FV EVOS 8Ch COBRA is both extremely sporty and impeccably elegant in the everyday life. Its automatic mechanical movement boasts chronograph functions and a “big date” with a double-window calendar clearly displaying the date, a useful indication, easily readable, that people like to use.

Technical details

Case
Bezel in DieHard Extreme Steel or red gold and carbon-fiber
Carrure in DieHard Extreme Steel, red gold or titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Chronographe start/stop pusher at 2’
Chronograph reset pusher at 4’
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant to 300 meters

Movement
High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV8Ch
FRANC VILA Exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”
Power reserve of 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds
Chronograph
Big date

Dial
Carbon fiber and guilloche
“Big date” indication in central windows
Chronograph subsidiary dials at 6’ (minutes) and at 9’ (hours)
Chronograph seconds indication displayed by central hand
Seconds indication at 3’

Strap
Black Rubber Strap with DieHard Extreme Steel or red gold deployant buckle
Crocodile leather strap also included.

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

FRANC VILA FVa Nº Cuatro Tourbillon Chronograph SuperLigero Concept

FRANC VILA unveiled in Baselworld 2009 a new tourbillon watch in which nanotechnology, state of the art engineering and inspiration from nature come together: FVa Nº Cuatro Tourbillon Chronograph SuperLigero Concept.

The brand goes a step further with the evolution of their successful FVa Nº Cuatro chronograph tourbillon bringing it into the SuperLigero concept which debuted in 2008 with the introduction of the FVa Nº 6 SuperLigero Concept. The new movement beating inside this watch has also been built in Lightnium, an aluminium-­lithium based alloy used in state of the art aeronautical engineering. Its main characteristics are lightness combined with high­tensile strength, allowing structural weight reduction and an increase in the elastic modulus. These characteristics allow for the development of very robust movements. While light and with low density, it is rigid enough to stand up to the stresses of the gear train, barrel and tourbillon which ensures perfect performance. The lightness of this new material also means that the movement is less affected by inertial forces.

Furthermore, the structure of the bridges of the movement have been inspired by the molecular structure of graphene, a recently discovered material, which being just one atom thick, is six times less dense and can be from 10 to 100 times stronger than the best steel. The hexagonal disposition of the atoms in this material, far stronger that the four links per atom of diamonds, gives it these characteristics. This structure is so strong that could be used to build a space lift, as it is the only known material able to support its own weight infinitely. In the quest for an extremely light, sporty, shock and stress resistant movement, FRANC VILA has brought the advances of nanotechnology to the new FVa Nº Cuatro Chronograph Tourbillon SuperLigero Concept, translating the hexagonal nano­structure of graphene to the micro­world of Haute Horlogerie.

The FVa Nº Cuatro Chronograph Tourbillon SuperLigero Concept encompasses all the innovations already present in the FVa Nº Cuatro, such as its column wheel monopusher chronograph directly coupled to the tourbillon cage. The mechanism in charge of the chronograph function in the movement is disposed in the dial side, a highly complicated structure which gives the movement a stunning visual appearance in the front view, where the action of the movement is perfectly visible with every push of the chronograph button. In the back view, the hexagonal structure of the movement is reminiscent of the world of motor­sport and of natural structures which have inspired architecture for decades. This completes the image of a new SuperLigero timepiece destined to be a milestone in Haute Horlogerie.

Technically, the movement has five days of reserve power. Its regulatory organ is a flying tourbillon equipped with the “Inertial Moment Control” technology, which constantly and precisely regulates the tourbillon. The “Wheels Differential System” allows a fast winding function effectively reducing by two thirds the number of turns of the crown needed to wind the watch.

Once again Franc Vila makes use of his multi­-discipline background to place High­End watchmaking on the crossroads of state of the art technology, craftmanship and advanced engineering with the introduction of FVa Nº Cuatro Tourbillon Chronograph SuperLigero Concept.

Technical details

Case
DieHard Extreme Steel
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti­glare treatment
Chronograph monopusher at 2

Movement
FV Nº Cuatro SuperLigero caliber
262 components
33 rubies
5 days power reserve (120 hours)
Chronograph monopushing function with dial side column wheel, directly coupled to tourbillon
Flying tourbillon with “Inertial Moment Control” mechanism and “Wheels Differential System”
Mechanism manufactured in the brand’s characteristic “Esprit Unique” shape, hand­made and hand-decorated

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Chronograph monopusher and power reserve indication

Dial
60 seconds (at 2’) and 30 minutes (at 10’) chronograph counters
Power reserve indication at 9’

Edition
Ultra-­limited edition 8 pieces

FRANC VILA FVa Nº 6 Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept

Presented at Baselworld 2008, the FRANC VILA FVa Nº 6 Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept houses an innovative mechanical movement built in an Aluminium Lithium based alloy named ”Lightnium”. This new material is an extremely low density metal, formerly reserved for state of the art aeronautical engineering. Its main characteristics are lightness combined with high tensile strength, allowing a structural weight reduction and an increase in elastic modulus.

Designed to be shock and stress resistant, FVa Nº 6 Tourbillon Planétaire Skeleton SuperLigero Concept is the result not only of an intense quest for aesthetics, but also of technical prowess. The creation of a movement with these characteristics in a material with these properties has led FRANC VILA to seek inspiration in disciplines not traditionally related to High-End Watchmaking. The structural design of the mechanism has its roots in modern architecture.

By using an extremely low density material and by reducing the movement to its minimum expression, it is made into a skeleton. Maximum stability of the system is ensured by allowing the movement to be rigid enough to stand up to the stresses of the gear train, barrel and tourbillon thereby ensuring perfect performance. The lightness of this new material means that the movement is less affected by inertial forces. This advantage, combined with its strong architectural design, makes this tourbillon the strongest and sportiest skeleton watch in its category.

The staging inspired by contemporary art is a clear expression of the artistic background of the founder of the brand. We see this in the back of the movement and the impressive cage of the tourbillon which is constructed in coloured Lightnium and decorated with the logo of the firm. This timepiece is without doubt the most impressive proof to date of the artistic and technical sensibility of Franc Vila. He once again pushes his ethos to the maximum by creating a calibre which, while being a skeleton, maintains the characteristic “Esprit Unique” shape which gives all his creations their strong and unmistakable identity.

Technically, the movement has 5 days reserve power. Its regulatory organ is a flying tourbillon which is equipped with the “Inertial Moment Control”. This control constantly and precisely regulates the tourbillon. A differential system of planetary gears allows a fast planetary winding function effectively reducing by two-thirds the number of turns needed to wind the watch.

Technical details

Case
Black Titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant 100 meters

Movement
FV Nº 6 calibre
24 rubies
Flying tourbillon with inertial moment control mechanism and wheel differential system
Mechanism manufactured in the brand’s characteristic “Esprit Unique” shape, hand-made and hand-decorated
Bridge of the tourbillon and plate made in red Lightnium

Functions
Hours, minutes and power reserve indication

Dial
Transparent sapphire dials with hours and minutes indications
Power reserve indication at 9

Edition
Ultra-limited edition 8 pieces

Other versions
Case also available in Black DieHard Extreme Steel, DieHard Extreme Steel, red gold, white gold, Titanium & Gold or Titanium & DieHard Extreme Steel or Black DieHard Extreme Steel

FRANC VILA “El Bandido” Collection – FVa9 “El Bandido”, FVa11 “El Bandido” and FVa Nº 1 “El Bandido”

Fully and deeply black, FRANC VILA “El Bandido” collection includes watches which hide their faces like bandits.

FVa9 “El Bandido”

FVa9 Franc Vila “esprit unique” high-end sports timepiece is both extremely sporty and impeccably elegant in the everyday life. The highly complex movement allows not only the measurement of short times, but also the simultaneous indication of the date, the day of the week, the month and the moon phases.

Technical details

Case
Black Titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Chronograph start/stop pusher at 2
Chronograph reset pusher at 4
Water resistant 100 meters

Movement
FRANC VILA FV9
High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement calibre FRANC VILA Exclusive Gold Concept Rotor

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Chronograph, Complete Calendar, Moon phase

Dial
Carbon fiber with black numbers
Minutes and chronograph indications in red

Strap
Crocodile Strap with Black DieHard Extreme Steel deployment buckle
Rubber Sport Strap included

Edition
Limited edition of 88 pieces

FVa11 “El Bandido”

Franc Vila “esprit unique” Timepiece combining a Fly-Back chronograph (which allows a new measurement starting from zero by pressing down a single pusher without stopping, zeroing and restarting the whole mechanism) with the most complex horology complication related to the calendar feature, this Timepiece indicates the date, day, month and leap year and does not need manual corrections, the sophisticated mechanism changes automatically the date at the end of each month including the 29th February in leap years.

Technical details

Case
Black Titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Chronograph start/stop pusher at 2
Chronograph reset pusher at 4
Water resistant 100 meters

Movement
High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FRANC VILA FV 11. FRANC VILA
Exclusive Gold Concept Rotor

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Fly-Back chronograph, Perpetual Calendar, Moon phase

Dial
Carbon fiber with black numbers
Minutes and chronograph indications in red

Strap
Crocodile Strap with Black DieHard Extreme Steel deployment buckle
Rubber Sport Strap included

Edition
Limited edition of 48 pieces

FVa Nº 1 “El Bandido”

This calibre is one of the first hand-made and hand-decorated FRANC VILA’s own movements. Equipped with a flying tourbillon with 5 days power reserve, this movement made history adopting an aesthetic shape for the first time: the “esprit unique shape”. This movement is equipped with advanced systems and technologies that turn this piece into a very contemporary tourbillon.

The “Inertial Moment Control” technology allows a precise adjustment through inertial moment, and the “Wheels Differential System” is a radically new spherical differential system used to wind the power reserve, with wheel arms directly incorporating the planetary gears. This innovative system allow a fast planetary winding function reduces the time to wind this exclusive timepiece by two-thirds.

Technical details

Case
Black Titanium
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with elliptic and circular bezel
Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided anti-glare treatment
Water resistant 100 meters

Movement
Exclusive Mechanical Hand Wound Movement Caliber FRANC VILA No. 1 TV, manufactured, assembled and hand decorated by FRANC VILA
Manufactured in the characteristic “esprit unique” shape
Movement finished and polished by hand
Frequency 21600 vph
24 rubies
120 hours power reserve
Suspended tourbillon without ball bearing, with “Wheels Differential” and “Inertial Moment Control” systems
“Balancier à Masselottes” in gold
Manufactured Lever Escapement and Escape wheel
Unique Barrel “Planétaire Sphérique”

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Power reserve

Dial
Black mother-of-pearl with guilloche
Black numbers
Power reserve indication at 9

Strap
Crocodile Strap with Black DieHard Extreme Steel deployment buckle
Rubber Sport Strap included

Edition
Ultra-Limited edition of 8 pieces