High quality fake Franck Muller started in 1991 and as a brand is known for a few things including their popular Cintrée Curvex case, as well as some heavily complicated watches. This timepiece is on the simpler side offering just the time and date, but has a complex yet refined design that I find really appealing.
I’ll quickly admit that the Franck Muller Vanguard collection did not appeal to me until I actually saw one in person and put it on my wrist. In computer rendered images, the Vanguard looks both underwhelming and like it is trying too hard at the same time.
This watch is the Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier copy watch, from the newer overall Vanguard collection.
This particular version of the Franck Muller Vanguard is the reference V 45 SC DT AC.GL Vanguard Glacier – known as such because of the particular PVD-coated finishing over the steel case and the use of a white rubber strap with matching dial accents. Note that this is one of the rare steel Vanguard watches (because of the particular PVD treatment) but most non-gold ones are in titanium.
The case is steel and 44mm wide by 53.70mm tall, and just 12.8mm thick. The curved Vanguard case sits comfortably on the wrist with the integrated rubber strap. To allow for a more high-end look versus straight rubber, the strap has white alligator over the rubber lining – which makes for a good look. Visually, the look of the strap continues through the case with a clever look which makes the case appear as though it sandwiches the strap. The Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier isn’t a limited edition per se, but it is an individually numbered watch with a serial number placed on the caseback.
Inside these three-hand Franck Muller Vanguard copy watches is their caliber FM 0800 automatic movement, which operate at 4Hz (28,800 bph) with a power reserve of 42 hours. I do not believe these are in-house movements (Franck Muller confirmed that these are modified base Swiss ETA movements), but in other Franck Muller watches they of course feature their own movements. The movement offers the time and date (displayed at 6 o’clock). There is no exhibition caseback, and I think there should have been on the watch. It would have made more sense than writing “Master of Complications,” on a watch that isn’t that mechanically complicated.
The interesting “shiny gunmetal” applied PVD finishing on the steel case mixed with the white tones makes for an interesting and fun look in the Swiss-made fake Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier, but plenty of other versions are available.