Today is about another new release along the ‘colour theme’ of recent posts but again, an example of how ‘being colourful’ is manifesting itself quite differently between brands.
Rather than go the ‘single colour’ route, not unsurprisingly, Franck Muller have gone all out, with the new Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire featuring seven colours, all on the movement. It is important to note that in 2017 the brand released the one-off Vanguard Skeleton Sapphire, which had a case, bezel, and back all milled from a single block of sapphire. It had a white PVD skeleton dial, and the manually-wound Calibre FM 2001, which was 18,000 VPH with a power reserve of 60 hours.
For this new piece, the movement inside the sapphire case is the manually-wound Calibre FM 1740-VS, beating at 18,00 VPH and with a power reserve of seven days. The movement’s aluminum bridges have been anodised in red, orange, purple, and two shades of blue, whilst the open-worked mainspring barrel and small seconds ring are green and yellow. Movement finishing includes hand-chamfering, micro-blasted bridges with satin finishing, and circular-brushing on each wheel.
This is all inside a transparent case measuring 44mm x 54mm which has a water resistance of 30m, and comes on a red alligator strap.
The interesting aspect of this watch, and indeed some of the other new colourful releases we’ve covered recently, is the movements that are coming in different colours. That this is something that these brands have been working on across a range of colours. Is the ability to achieve this movement treatment going to appear more? Time will tell.
There’s really no mistaking this as anything but a Franck Muller watch and it is very likely aimed at the brand’s fans, but the price is perhaps a tad higher than many would expect – the RRP is CHF 138,000.
[Photo credit: Franck Muller]