Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours

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Franck Muller expands their Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours collection by unveiling its new Crazy Hours timepiece dedicated to the sea world. Showing hour numerals in the most unconventional order, the Crazy Hours is one of the most emblematic complications of Franck Muller brand. The collection offers a unique reading of time, thanks to a patented mechanism, that allows the hour hand to cleverly jump from one hour to the next in the correct order. Meanwhile, the minute hand follows a conventional 60-minute cycle revolving around the dial. The timepiece shows a creative vision of time, offering emotions to the owner through its clever and complex mechanism. The timepiece features all the seafaring details, from the deep blue to the wind rose adorning the dial. The distinct Vanguard numerals perfectly complement the audacious design of the dial and enhance its high legibility.
The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours is available in two case sizes: 44 mm x 53.7 mm x 13.7 mm and 32 mm x 42.3 mm x 9.9 mm. The large size model is equipped with self-winding movement FM 2800-CHRS and the small size model features self-winding calibre FM 2038-CHRS.
Franck Muller will present the new Vanguard Crazy Hours collection during its traditional watchmaking fair, the WPHH (the World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie), at the heart of its manufacture in Geneva, from Monday, January 14th to Friday, January 18th, 2019.
The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours collection faithfully reflects the House’s audacity, while bringing a unique aestheticism to the collection. The most iconoclastic complication of Franck Muller: the Crazy Hours, is highlighted in a Vanguard case with sporty curves and colorful numbers applied by hand. The material is into the spotlight, with the brushed stainless steel case and dial. An aesthetic that lives up to the eccentricity of the complication, with the iconic numbers of the Vanguard collection in blue, red, green or orange, that seem to stand out from the brushed stainless steel dial. The luminescent hands match the color of the audacious applied numerals, and the lines of the box have been worked to give it a sporty and modern character.

The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours collection, combines boldness and creativity, giving people who wear this exceptional timepiece a new way to read the time. Indeed, since the earliest sun dials, the watch hands have always moved in chronological order from 1 to 12 and the association of the zenith with noon is so strong that nobody needs to recognise the numeral 12 in order to know what time it is. The Crazy Hours offers a new reading of time, showing hour numerals in the most unconventional order. Thanks to a patented mechanism, the central hour hand literally jumps from one hour to the next, respectfully following the randomly numbers on the dial. Thereby, after every 60 minutes, the hour hand would jump to the next correct number. Meanwhile, the minute hand follows a conventional 60-minute cycle revolving around the dial.
Launched in 2003, the Crazy Hours complication has attracted watch aficionados for more than fifteen years in its famous Cintrée Curvex case. It is now presented for the first time in a Vanguard case. The complication comprises a jumping hour module and an automatic movement. While the hour hand jumps to point the correct hour numeral, the minute hand revolves round the dial in a traditional 60-minute cycle. Although the hour numerals seem randomly placed, there is a sequence to the ‘crazy’ hours – each subsequent number is placed at an approximately 120-degree arc away from the preceding number.