Often forward-thinking and comical, Franck Muller’s creations bring a touch of wild energy to the space, sometimes a little dull with all the time-tested norms and traditions that should be Maintained with deep dedication. Unique to Franck Muller fake is his otherworldly ability to surf the edge of tradition while maintaining the authenticity of his watchmaking. Crazy Hours is complicated, Aeternitas Mega is crazy. For their technical mastery, no one would seriously mistake the pomp and frivolity of Franck Muller’s creations.
However, despite his forward-looking styling and watchmaking philosophy, Franck Muller found himself inspired by an old movie when he first saw the 1942 Casablanca as a young man. The result was the Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Casablanca, launched in 1998. What does he want to achieve? Contemporary luxury is dazzling and glamorous, like a pile of bricks piling up luxury tropes that have accumulated over the years. Going back in time can sometimes bring clarity to the program, and Old Hollywood has a lot to offer in this regard. Set in Morocco, Casablanca is a WWII romance — with murder, conspiracy and a group of characters weathering a Nazi storm in a coffee shop, waiting for the right papers to escape to America. Starbucks has no gym clothes or cotton wipes,
For this reason, the 1998 Cintrée Curvex Casablanca is full of classic elegance, yet a little exotic to suit the environment. The tonneau-shaped case exudes sophistication, and the oversized hour numerals with Art Deco style add to the Franck Muller character.
In 2022, the Cintrée Curvex Casablanca is updated with a 21st century revision in appearance and form. The new Vanguard Casablanca is available in four film-inspired colorways (released in black and white, Casablanca painted in 1988): black, brown and salmon, as well as a special edition sewn with a blue-toned black dial and contrasting stitching on the hands Strap, available at Franck Muller boutiques in the area. The printed hour numerals are large and striking, extending radially in the style of Franck Muller, this time more geometric, complementing the skeletonized hands, which are thicker than the 1998 original, for style and glamour. For all these visuals, the dial remains remarkably legible, with the five-minute markers clearly outlined in an eye-catching outline.
But a more dramatic turn must come from the use of Vanguard. Curved, rounded and polished, the effect is nothing short of voluptuous; it’s modern, almost organic, and visually muscular. With the Vanguard case, the modified Casablanca effectively abandons the quiet elegance of the original in favor of more glamour and confidence. No longer an elegant indulgence; more of a power accessory designed to express ambition.
In addition to the time and date version, Vanguard Casablanca also offers a chronograph. Both versions are available as V41 (41mm case width) or V43 (42.5mm case width) in stainless steel.
Even if the corporate space now preaches sustainability, love of the planet, names and looks (at least on Friday), one thing that doesn’t change is power as the currency of human communication. There are watches that can convey one’s worldly maturity, cultural sophistication or rugged spirit, but not many are mavericks who can convey strength and ambition while remaining independent. Franck Muller Vanguard Casablanca exudes all these qualities.
Franck Muller Vanguard Casablanca Limited Edition
Refs: V 43 SC DT CASA (exclusive to Southeast Asia); V41 SC DT CASA
Movement: Self-winding calibre MVT FM 800-DT; 42-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and date
Case: 42.5mm x 52.7mm x 12.6mm or 41mm x 49.95mm x 12.2mm; Stainless Steel; Water Resistant to 30m
Dial: Black, brown or salmon; black with blue accents; luminous Arabic numerals
Strap: Hand-stitched alligator leather; hand-polished stainless steel buckle