Vanguard Glacier Watch hands-on
Admittedly, it has been a while since I spent serious time with people at Franck Muller. The Swiss watch manufacturer is a modern legend, and the Franck Muller Group has further expanded its luxury brands, including Backes & Strauss. In the past, the group was larger and included brands such as Rodolphe, Pierre Kunz and Martin Braun. Now, Franck Muller himself and co-founder Vartan Sirmakes continue to make watches at the Swiss "Watchland" headquarters outside Geneva. Today, I will look at some different things for Franck Muller, which represent the modern side of the brand. This watch is Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier from the new Vanguard series.
Founded in 1991 by Franck Muller, the brand is known for some of its popularity, including the popular Cintrée Curvex case and some extremely complex watches. The brand usually likes to call itself a "complex master." This timepiece is relatively simple and only provides time and date, but its complicated and exquisite design makes me very interested.
I will soon admit that the Franck Muller Vanguard collection did not attract me until I saw one in person and put it on my wrist. In the computer-rendered images, Vanguard looks impressive, but also seems to try too hard at the same time. In a sense, some people might say the same about Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex watches. Wearing these two models of watches on your wrists will give you a completely different experience-at least I did.
The Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex series started with a barrel-shaped case, perhaps one of the few barrel-shaped cases on the market that I like. Others will include products produced by Richard Mille (Richard Mille). This is an ancient design that dates back to the 1920s, but Franck Muller once again made it hot. In fact, I can even say that Franck Muller was the first "fashionable" watch brand in the modern watch era. Become a victim of your own success (for some reasons only) and face the same problems most other luxury brands face in marketing and distribution today. Compared to others, I think Franck Muller is relatively quiet, choosing to keep a low profile and stick to it until they develop a solid strategy. At least, they have many interesting timepieces.
I don't recommend trying to read the main points about the Vanguard series on Franck Muller's website, because it won't tell you much. In fact, this is a good example. It doesn't actually explain much, but it takes up space on the luxury brand website. My opinion of Vanguard is that this is completely a modern interpretation of design, making Franck Muller the number one popular brand. Tell me what you think about some people who wear the brand or the brand’s popularity. Not everyone likes it... But in essence, the core of "Franck Muller appearance" is doing Very good, it hasn't been in the classic Cintrée Curvex appearance until now, anyone else can better capture it.
Therefore, consider the Franck Muller Vanguard series, which uses a classic Art Deco style to make it more modern. These include the case and dial-both with Arabic hour markers, and the difference in the lacquered dial seen on the more traditional-looking Franck Muller timepiece. Then, you get a case (also the cockpit of Vanguard) that is flatter and more ergonomic than the Curvex case. It can be attached to the wrist well, and the correct color and material selection can bring a bold and elegant appearance without sacrificing the readability of the style. Note the compass marking on the inner flange ring-I see it as a style. To be sure, it has a better scale than another tachymeter.
The special version of Franck Muller Vanguard is referenced to V 45 SC DT AC.GL Vanguard Glacier-it is famous because of the special PVD coating modification on the steel case and the use of white rubber with matching dial decoration Strap. Please note that this is one of Vanguard's rare steel watches (due to the special PVD treatment), but most non-gold watches are made of titanium. The case is made of steel, 44 mm wide, 53.70 mm high and only 12.8 mm thick. The curved Vanguard shell sits comfortably on the wrist with an integrated rubber strap. From the appearance point of view, the appearance of the strap continues the entire case, presenting a smart appearance, making the case look like it is sandwiched between the straps. In order to have a higher appearance than ordinary rubber, the rubber lining of the strap has a white alligator skin-it looks good (people know who has worn other brands of straps, such as Hublot).
In terms of design, the overall appearance has a modern "hearing" that will attract some people and repel others. Very good, because Franck Muller hardly has a watch that has universal appeal. These are well-made watches for people who like to show off... If you don't like this style of showing off, then their watches may not appeal to you. Likewise, before putting the watch on your wrist, please don't make full judgments on any of these watches. I am personally surprised.
This three-hand Franck Muller (Franck Muller) Vanguard series watch has an FM 0800 self-winding movement with an operating frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 bph) and a power reserve of 42 hours. I don’t think these are internal movements (Franck Muller confirmed that these are improved versions of the Swiss ETA basic movements), but in other Franck Muller watches, they certainly have their own Movement. The movement provides time and date (displayed at 6 o'clock). There is no exhibition back cover, I think it should be on the watch. This is more meaningful than writing "Complex Master" on a watch that is not mechanically complicated. The Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier itself is not a limited edition, but a separately numbered watch with a serial number on the back.
Franck Muller provides a wealth of variants for each of their popular timepieces. In addition to offering a range of Vanguard models (from a three-hand automatic winding to a chronograph, and even a few tourbillons), each model also seems to offer a range of versions (most of them are not even available on Franck Muller) website). This "cautious information" culture is part of the brand's exclusiveness and one of the reasons why Franck Muller's poor performance in the information-hungry Internet age.
Adding an interesting "shiny gun color" PVD coating in white tones on the steel case makes Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier look interesting and interesting, but there are many other versions available. It is not cheap, but it looks good, and it is very suitable for Franck Muller brand and the next generation of people interested in the brand. Again, this is not a brand for conservative brands at all, but the range of talents that the brand has and their many technical achievements mean that Franck Muller may become a brand again (or for the first time).