Watch Of The Day: Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton SapphireWritten by Joshua Yap
Your one-minute primer to the Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire.
Not content to show off the hand-wound calibre of the Vanguard Skeleton via an openworked dial, Franck Muller decided to let the light into the movement from all directions by housing it inside a full sapphire crystal case. Each tonneau-shaped case is hewn from a single block of sapphire that takes over four months to construct – two to machine the case, and another two to polish and finish it to perfection. This augments the visual intrigue of the timepiece, whose sublime airiness belies the structural strength of its flying tourbillon movement.
Though he wasn’t inducted into the world of watch journalism by choice, Joshua was hooked by mechanical horological wonders in no time. Although he personally favours modestly sized, no-nonsense timepieces, he sometimes misses the outrageous mind-bogglers of the pre-Credit Crunch years. As he dreams of owning a modern haute horlogerie watch one day, he’s currently content scouring the Internet for vintage value buys.