When we think of Franck Muller, such design elements as large numerals and avant-garde silhouettes definitely come to mind. It all started in 1991 when Franck Muller met Vartan Sirmakes to create a brand that we deeply admire. After having perfected the Cintrée Curvex™ case, the timepiece maker introduced a redesigned case called the Curvex CX. At the 2023 World Presentation of Haute Horology (WPHH), Geneva incorporated the 20 mm Giga Tourbillon in stainless steel (Ref. CX 38L T G PR SQT AC NRBR) and solid gold (Ref. CX 38L T G PR SQT 5N NRBR) cases. In other words, the Curvex CX Giga Tourbillon collections are now on offer.
Over the years Franck Muller, recognised by its curved designed cases, has gone beyond its Vanguard collection. In 2004, the timepiece maker introduced the very first tri-axial tourbillon in the world. Franck Muller displays ist latest novelties at its own watch fair: the WPHH or the World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie. This exhibition is held on the Grand Malagny site in Switzerland and is the same venue that saw the unveiling of the Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega in 2018.
Now coming to the newly launched Curvex CX Giga Tourbillon collections, the complication takes half of the skeleton dial. Every component has been redesigned specifically for these novelties. The double barrels can be found at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. You can also find a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, where the cage is made of titanium.
The skeleton movement is placed above the movement where clear distinction is made between the barrels and the tourbillon cage. The dial of each watch gets sunray finishing with several layers of lacquer. There are two other dials — the second dial is placed under the balance wheel to highlight the Giga Tourbillon while the third dial is placed on the back of the timepiece and features an aperture allowing visibility of the central and third wheels.
The back dial also features the drawing of the movement. The collection comes with a large crown at 3 o’clock, matching the colour of the case. There are four barrels in total that drive the gear train and the tourbillon, delivering a four-day power reserve. There are different colours for the dial and each model comes with a dial-matching leather strap.