The Swiss watch maker Franck Muller Watches Most Expensive Replica has somewhat of a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory air to it. With an elaborate production facility named “Watchland” outside of Geneva, oftentimes over-the-top brand positioning, and watch collections with designs far from the traditional, it would not be too surprising if they were to announce that golden tickets were being hidden in the packaging. Unfortunately for fans of the brand, that isn’t the case, but the Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph is still a noteworthy and exciting watch to consider.
Note that the Franck Muller Watches Brand New Replica Vanguard Chronograph was released last year, but we have recently been provided additional information on the watch that we wanted to pass along. So what is so exciting about the Vanguard Chronograph? Well, just look at the thing. Housed in a tonneau-shaped case available in 18k rose gold, stainless steel, or titanium, it is quite the watch to behold. In his hands-on with the Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier, Ariel said, “In computer rendered images, the Vanguard looks both underwhelming and like it is trying too hard at the same time.” The addition of the chronograph pushers and subdials adds excitement to this model of the Vanguard, and though I have not yet had hands-on time with the Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph, based on the images, the added complication fits better with the overall design of the collection than the standard model.
Why Franck Muller decided to put their brand new in-house made FM 1700 caliber movement in a gray styled watch is not apparent to me. The newest Vintage Curvex watch is not considerably different than most other models, save for a few dial particulars. 1 version has a railroad track style minute marker ring, while other versions have more blank dials with just the hour markers and that iconic Franck Muller font. Light and dark dial alternatives with golden trim make for an attractive appearance.As I have said, the movement is the newest Franck Muller in-house made FM 1700. It’s a manually wound movement with a full week of power book. Going in accord with the “Vintage” portion of the title, the movement has a slower operating speed of 18,000 bph which no doubt helps it retain this type of long power reserve.Over on the dial you can appreciate the motion’s complications. The subsidiary seconds dial is slightly recessed within a nice looking gold ring, and the power reserve indicator is one of the piece’s most distinguishing components. Before I’ve seen several Franck Muller watches using exceptionally diminutive power reserve indicators. On the one hand I love this. The indicator is small and from the way, however there when you need it. I have said many times that I just do not like wearing the vast majority of manually wound movement based watches if they don’t possess a power reserve indicator. It seems like I am driving a car with no gas gauge.The power reserve indicator is small enough not to disrupt the dial in any significant way, which is fantastic. So the only real bad news is that some folks need it to be bigger. Either they have trouble reading the tiny numbers on the disc in the dial, or they keep their watches off their wrist and prefer to see from afar if the watch requires winding or not. So while the out-of-the-way nature of the power reserve indicator is a boon, it’s also a curse for some people as it’s going to be too small to use.
The Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph is powered by the Franck Muller 7000 automatic movement. It has 27 jewels and a power reserve of 48 hours, with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). It is also decorated with Côtes de Genève, circular graining, and rhodium plating so that the internals of the watch are just as beautiful as the outside.
The case is quite large. At 44mm wide, 53.7mm long, and 15.8mm thick, it is going to wear very prominently on most wrists. All the better to see the dial, which is sure to catch people’s attention with its applied, oversized Arabic numeral hour markers and large hands matching the case color. The dial color varies as you’ll see from the pictures, and my personal preference is the gray dial which I think gives the best background for the other components to stand out against.
Cutting off the six o’clock marker is a small, circular date window which is sure to bug a lot of people. It doesn’t quite match the rest of the watch’s aesthetic and could have been better handled. In contrast, the strap has been very well done. The lugs have been integrated into the case design, and the strap is alligator leather on top and rubber on bottom. A deployant clasp allows for easy wearing and removing.
As Ariel also mentioned in his hands-on with the Vanguard Glacier, “…don’t judge any of these watches fully until you put one on your wrist.” With that in mind, I’ll say that I look forward to getting a hands-on with the Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph, judging by the release images and information, I think it is the more exciting and balanced of the Vanguard models. The Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph is priced at $15,800 and if you are one for bold watches, it may be worth seeing the watch for yourself and taking a step into Franck Muller’s world of “Pure Imagination.” franckmuller.com