Brand story: The power of grav­ity

Franck Muller’s Grav­ity Skele­ton and the laws of physics.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Grace Lai

FOR A WATCH­MAKER as un­con­ven­tional as Frank Muller, the ca­pac­ity to con­tin­u­ally sur­prise clien­tele and com­peti­tors is a vastly un­der­rated achieve­ment. In its lat­est tour­bil­lon, Franck Muller dis­plays the kind of in­no­va­tive en­gi­neer­ing that be­fits a quar­ter cen­tury of imag­i­na­tive watch mak­ing.

Launched this year, the pi­o­neer­ing con­struc­tion of the Grav­ity Skele­ton’s lies in the size and cur­va­ture of its Van­guard case. Mea­sur­ing 38.4mm x 39.6mm with a wa­ter re­sis­tance up to 30m, Frank Muller’s watch de­sign­ers have in­ge­niously en­gi­neered bridges into con­cave and con­vex shapes, and rein­vented the tour­bil­lon bridges and car­riage in a 21.2mm and 7.7mm el­lip­ti­cal cir­cle. The re­sult is a time­piece with a mes­mer­iz­ing three di­men­sional as­pect. For mech-nerds and fans of physics, it’s also a fas­ci­nat­ing piece of po­etry in mo­tion. Though con­cep­tu­ally hard to grasp, it was Abra­ham Louis Breguet that pi­o­neered the auto cor­rec­tion of grav- ity’s ef­fects upon the hair­spring due grav­ity. Frank Muller’s Grav­ity Skele­ton suc­cess­fully mir­rors that curv­ing in­flu­ence of space and time in a watch.

Man­u­ally wound with a five-day power re­serve tour­bil­lon, to fur­ther draw at­ten­tion to its Cal­i­bre CS-03.SQT mech­a­nism and the spec­tac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture of its move­ment, the Grav­ity Skele­ton has a 14mm bal­ance wheel de­lib­er­ately set off cen­tre. The pow­er­ful ef­fect is also en­hanced with the use of colour an­odized alu­minium.

All of it is pro­tec­tively housed un­der a near in­de­struc­tible sapphire crys­tal and is avail­able in four colour themes: PVD treated ti­ta­nium, white gold, rose gold and steel with black PVD treated el­e­ments, although 5N or rhodium plat­ing op­tions are also a pos­si­bil­ity. Coloured fin­ishes in a choice of or­ange, yel­low, blue and pur­ple com­po­nents add to the po­ten­tial for per­son­al­i­sa­tion, and the time piece comes with a rub­ber and ny­lon strap.

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