The instantly recognisable Tourbillon watches hold a special place in everyone’s hearts. It has long been synonymous with Franck Muller for nearly three decades, capturing the hearts and minds of afficionados and admirers alike.
As a prelude to the visionary marque’s 30th anniversary in 2022, the iconic Cintrée Curvex™ case that started it all has been remarkably redesigned.
For one, the new sapphire crystal design spans the entirety of the case from lug to lug, and seems to be perfectly integrated into the large-scaled alligator strap. The innovative invisible bezel design allows for an impressive wide expanse of real estate on the dial, which has been anointed with 20 layers of luscious lacquer. Popping out of the urbane guilloche dial are Franck Muller’s signature oversized art deco indices, offering a handsome and legible contrast.
Alas, do not be fooled by the sleek and modern lines of this sober case, for a dazzling knockout punch lies in wait. Taking centre stage, is a thing of masterful engineering and true beauty – a first for the Master of Complications, the Grand Central Tourbillon is a hypnotic fury of ecstasy, showcased in a proud evolution of the brand’s DNA.
Taking things to the next level, the piece breaks new ground as the first centre tourbillon to be set in a tonneau case, with centre tourbillons otherwise usually found in round movements.
The handsome 60 second tourbillon is suspended by a single bridge and is elevated above the rest of the dial, magnificently on display. The minimally protruding hour and minute hands from the central carriage have been designed for minimal obtrusion to the elegant dial, so as to not obscure the wonderful whirlwind that is the centre of attention. The immense domed sapphire crystal is the perfect amphitheatre to witness this glorious horological spectacle.
But the dramatic performance does not end there – turn the pleasure dome around and a marvellous encore awaits. The sunray-brushed off-centre micro rotor provides a different spin to the story, charging up the self-winding timepiece to a generous 4 days of power reserve.
A grand pleasure to have seated on the wrist – the curtains are clearly drawn, so let the show begin.
Prices for the Grand Central Tourbillon starts from RM520,800 (Brushed Titanium case) to RM581,250 (White Gold case).