Franck Muller’s new Vintage 7-Days Power Reserve


The Vintage collection by Franck Muller got its newest addition – the Vintage 7-Days Power Reserve. This mechanical watch comes in an instantly recognizable Curvex shape the company is known for. The modernity of the case is nicely fused with the classic style, most notably the dial and the leather strap. First unveiled at the World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie & Jewellery in Monaco, the timepiece will be produced in a short series, making this watch one of the key pieces of the manufacturer’s Vintage collection.

The shape of the case is pretty familiar

And as the name suggests, one of the features of this watch is its outstanding 7-day power reserve. Just in case you forget to wind it. To achieve this, Franck Muller equipped the Vintage’s movement with an extra barrel. This mechanical movement (Caliber FM 1700) is hand crafted, with all of its 213 components having been entirely made in-house. A lot of attention has been paid to every individual component of the movement; for example, the brass arches are each delicately decorated with Côtes de Genève stripes, while bearings are set with rubies. The water resistance, on the other hand, is not so commendable, although 3 ATM is pretty decent. But just for casual, everyday use.

But what’s on the outside is certainly no less interesting. The peculiar Curvex case comes in either stainless steel or pink gold, and the dials also differ: white or ink enameled. The movement can be seen from the back of the case, which is brushed with a crystal glass. The watch has been completely designed and manufactured in Geneva, ensuring only the highest of standards apply for this piece. The overall style feels very classic, and even more so when you look at the dial. The seemingly simple layout is complemented with small seconds counter and one model variation features the seconds indexes at the edges of the dial. This makes the design less “clean” but fits nicely with the style of the timepiece.

All the beauty of the mechanism is revealed through the case-back

What all of them have in common, though, is the power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock position. At any given time, it displays the amount of power left. The style of the whole dial is something that’s instantly recognizable to anyone who’s familiar with some of the company’s earlier timepieces. Finally, the Vintage 7-Days Power Reserve is completed with a choice of brown or black leather straps, which further emphasizes its classic side. It’s pretty much a logical choice for a watch like this; anything else would make this piece arguably less stylish.

The Curvex Vintage brings an exciting change to the collection and successfully merges modern and classic. Pierre-Michel Golay, a master watchmaker, describes the watch: “The beauty of the Vintage Curvex 7-Days Power Reserve, the detailed craftsmanship and the movement’s design are extremely precise. The complexity of this execution is what makes it an undeniable Franck Muller classic”. And let’s just add, it has an amazing power reserve. Seems like the watch has it all. Well, almost – it won’t be available in massive amounts.

 

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