NEW: Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours 2019Written by Melissa Kong
Going crazy over sports luxe.
The new Franck Muller Vanguard Crazy Hours
Ahead of the 2019 World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie (WPHH) this month, Franck Muller has introduced its latest collection and it looks like one that’s harnessing the best of what the Genthod-based manufacture has to offer.
One of its most famous creations is undoubtedly the Crazy Hours – a jumping hours complication where the numbers on the dial are placed in a seemingly random order. As such, the hour hand jumps to the corresponding number rather than sweep the dial conventionally.
Then there’s the brand’s newest family of watches—the sporty Vanguard collection launched in 2015. With integrated leather straps and applique numerals in a curved tonneau case, the Vanguard quickly became one of Franck Muller’s most popular collections.
This year, the brand combines these favourites in the new Vanguard Crazy Hours (top) and Vanguard Crazy Hours Lady. The former is clothed in a lightweight black carbon case housing a dial with applied numerals in lemon yellow for a bright pop of colour. Contrast yellow stitching on the black leather strap gives the watch a sporty, almost racing, aesthetic, while a brushed black dial adds a touch of elegance.
The Vanguard Crazy Hours Lady, on the other hand, is all about the sparkle. Scintillating diamonds and rose sapphires adorn both the case and the fully paved dial, bringing the total number of gems to a staggering 348 diamonds and 124 rose sapphires. We’ll admit it’s a little flashy for an everyday watch but then again, you can never have too much bling, right?
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".