When we think of Franck Muller, grand complications and off-centred hours-minutes dials immediately come to mind. Anyone familiar with the brand’s concept watches knows that minimalism for Franck Muller means no logos, no indices, no inscriptions, no date window, no tourbillons — just a clean dial. The new Curvex CX Piano collection from the luxury timepiece maker is a case in point. The latest model gets one layer of black matte coat and 20 layers of translucent lacquer, ensuring a fully glossy monochromatic look.
Each watch gets a Curvex CX case and a sapphire crystal glass. The internal bezel is separate from the case and allows for two-tone treatments. There are only pear-shaped, curved hour, minute hands and a central second hand on the black piano dial. The winding shaft at 3 o’clock gets two position settings: pulling the shaft to position 1 winds the watch while position 2 sets the time. The Curvex CX collection has been expanded to include 30 mm and 33 mm case sizes.
Powering the watch is the self-winding MVT FM 2536-SC movement with 42 hours of power reserve. Turning the watch over showcases Côtes de Genève on the bridges and the rotor plate; perlage on the mainplate; chamfering on the rotor board; diamond polishing on the sinks and the bridge bevels; sunray brushing on the bridges, the rotor segment, the bearing cage, and the barrel cover; and snailing on the ratchets. Each Franck Muller Curvex CX Piano watch is finished on a satin strap with a hand-polished buckle. Water resistance stands at only 30 metres.