Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire: Malaysia Review And Price

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Franck Muller fuses haute horlogerie with modern innovation.

Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire
Never one to follow the rules, the new Vanguard is an interesting departure from Franck Muller’s usual bold and colourful approach to watchmaking. The icy demeanour of the Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire exudes a cool and pristine elegance that certainly sets it apart from its peers.

Introduced in 2013, the Vanguard collection has often been touted as the modern face of Franck Muller, offering a sportier take with sleeker aesthetics compared to the louder options typical of the Swiss watchmaker.

Made from a single block of sapphire crystal, the tonneau-shaped body of the Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire (including the bezel and caseback) takes up to four months to create. Artisans and craftsmen spend two months machining the sapphire crystal block down to size and another two more months polishing and finishing. Despite its hardiness and scratch resistance, sapphire crystal is no easy material to manipulate. Due to the brittle nature of the material, extreme skill and patience is required to properly create the timepiece.

The result is a one-of-a-kind timepiece with superb finishing that gleams ever so brightly. The transparent case reveals a hand-wound Calibre FM 2001, which beats at 18,000 vibrations per hour, boasting up to 60 hours of power reserve, with satin-brushed, hand-chamfered decorations. Nearer six o’clock is the tourbillion rotating gracefully to the tune of time’s passing.

When viewed under the right illuminating conditions, light can be seen dancing around the hand-polished openworked bridges and upper bridge of the tourbillion. Another subtle yet important gesture to note is the pairing of a matching white alligator strap that makes for a seamless integration of sapphire and leather.

All in all, the Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire is a refreshing release from Franck Muller. As the ‘Master of Complications’ continues to create intricate and unique timepieces like the Crazy Hours, Giga Tourbillons and Aeternitas series, this somewhat minimalist approach is quite captivating. Of course, the term minimalist might differ amongst various ones of us, but we do appreciate Franck Muller’s bold step in crafting something out of the ordinary, yet still retaining the brand’s notable DNA, which makes for a great reflection of haute horlogerie traditions with modern innovative watchmaking.


44mm sapphire crystal


White PVD openwork


Manual-winding Calibre FM 2001


White alligator


Hours and minutes

Power Reserve

60 hours


RM1,548,115 (with GST)

Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.

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