A rose by any other name…
Traditionally, when you think of the Franck Muller Vanguard collection, it is the tonneau case and the oversized numbers that come to mind. And throughout the years, the Vanguard has always been the brand’s go-to collection when they want to create something sportier and more dynamic. With their latest watch, however, they have decided to imbue this collection with more feminine elements. With the Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton collection, we finally have a Vanguard that appeals to the female watch enthusiast.
It has been far too long that women’s timepieces, even from serious watchmakers, have been following the same formula. It is almost always a quartz movement assembled into a thin and slender case and then plastered with diamonds. With the new Vanguard Rose Skeleton, Franck Muller is offering a bold timepiece created with more feminine aesthetics, paired with a complex and serious mechanical movement. A perfect statement of female empowerment.
The Vanguard case comes in its iconic tonneau shape and has the signature Cintrée Curvex curve. It is this curve in the case profile that makes the collection so comfortable on the wrist. This curve also subtly extends to the dial making any work on it that much more complicated. Special considerations must be taken when creating the dial, or in this case the skeleton-work and decoration on the bridges.
The case comes in either a choice of 18k rose gold or white gold and is fully encrusted with diamonds. The gorgeous flower motif on the dial is a skeletonised bridge giving these beautiful flowers the illusion of floating above the technical movement that lays just beneath. As it is a skeletonised watch, extra special care was given to the finishing of the movement. This includes satin finishing, circular graining and hand-chamfering to the tiniest of components. For example, Chamfering and mirror polishing is even done on the regulator, and even a 24k gold finish on the written engravings. Click here to discover how the watch is conceptualized and assembled by the artisans.
It is often an overlooked fact that Franck Muller is one of the very few manufactures that can produce such a complicated timepiece completely in-house. Taking a mansion built in 1905 as the headquarters of Franck Muller Genève, it was expanded in 2019 and Watchland, as it is called today, houses all the necessary expertise to create a watch from start to finish. This means everything from conception, manufacturing, engraving, servicing, and since 2013 manufacturing in-house movements, can all be done on this incredible property.
The movement is a complex Calibre MVT FM 1540-VS15 with a special high-efficiency escapement developed in-house. The movement is also equipped with twin barrels, giving this manual-winding watch a generous power reserve of four days.
The Vanguard Rose Skeleton is offered in two precious metal options and will even come in several floral arrangements with different colours and a matching hand-sewn alligator strap.