This watch is the Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier replica watch, from the newer overall Vanguard collection. Today, I am going to look at something different for Franck Muller that represents a modern side of the brand. Now, Franck Muller himself and co-founder Vartan Sirmakes continue to make watches at their “Watchland” headquarters in Switzerland outside of Geneva. The Swiss watch maker is a sort of modern legend, and the Franck Muller Group is further an assortment of luxury brands that includes others such as Backes & Strauss. In the past, the group was even larger including brands such as Rodolphe, Pierre Kunz, and Martin Braun.
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 fake Franck Muller Vanguard watches. The brand often likes to refer to themselves as “the master of complications.” 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.
In a sense, some people might say that about the Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex family of watches. Put either of those models on your wrist in person, and you’ll have an entirely different experience – at least, I did.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.
Others would include those produced by Richard Mille. This is an age-old design going back to the 1920s, but Franck Muller made it hot again. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Franck Muller was the first “trendy” watch brand of the modern horological era. Only to (by some accounts) become a victim of their own success and face the same issues most other luxury brands do today in the areas of marketing and distribution. The Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex collection begins with a tonneau-shaped case, and it is perhaps one of the few tonneau-shaped cases on the market that I like. Compared to others, I think that Franck Muller has been relatively quiet, choosing to remain more low key and holding back until they have a solid strategy in place. At the least, they have a solid stable of interesting Swiss-made fake Franck Muller timepieces.