Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex ‘Crazy Hours’ Pastels Asia Exclusive: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Melissa Kong
Franck Muller goes on the charm offensive.
It’s almost impossible to mention Franck Muller without thinking about its iconic Crazy Hours complication. Introduced in 2003, Crazy Hours has come to be a calling card of sorts for the Genthod Manufacture, which also produces bestsellers like the Vanguard and Skafander collections.
Devised in what was probably a ‘Eureka’ moment for founder Franck Muller while he was holidaying in Mauritius, the Crazy Hours complication features a jumping hour module that snaps the hour hand to seemingly random positions at each hour. Its base automatic movement drives the minute hand in a traditional clockwise manner, so the minutes are read in the usual way.
On one of our visits to the Manufacture, we asked the watchmaker if the numbers on the dial could be arranged in any fashion. The answer, unfortunately, was negative. You see, what looks like a haphazard order of numerals on the dial is actually a deliberate arrangement. Each number is positioned at approximately 150 degrees away from the one preceding it, so the jumping hour mechanism moves the hour hand at roughly the same angle each hour.
This playful spirit was recently invoked in the new Remember watch, which launched this year. Like the Crazy Hours watch, the Remember watch tells time in an unconventional manner with all three hands (hours, minutes, seconds) moving in an anti-clockwise fashion. Again, it reiterates the imaginative spirit of the Manufacture, and continues to tease collectors in its approach to time-telling.
But back to the Crazy Hours. In an exclusive collection for Asia Pacific, the timepiece comes in an array of pastel hues: purple, beige, blue and orange. Housed in the signature Cintrée Curvex case, each model is available in either 18K rose gold or stainless steel with 66 brilliant-cut diamonds. Hand-painted numbers embellish a sunburst guilloché dial, which is generously coated with 20 layers of lacquer.
Whether or not you’re a fan of pastels, there’s no denying these candy-coloured options sure pop on the wrist, offering a fun touch of colour to liven up your OOTD.
|32.10mm (w) x 45.10mm (h) in 18K rose gold or stainless steel|
Self-winding Crazy Hours Calibre FM2001
|Hand-sewn alligator in purple, beige, orange or blue|
|Hours and minutes with central jumping hour hand|
S$29,190 (stainless steel), S$39,783 (18K rose gold)
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".