FRANCK MU LLER
Imagine not one, but several strokes of genius. That’s what you get when you cross Franck Muller’s wristwatches with inventive design and solid craftsmanship. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Swiss watchmaker’s extraordinary
Crazy Hours collection of self- winding mechanical timepieces. Eschewing convention, this collection turns the very order of time on its head. Instead of simple clockwise timekeeping, with the number “12” at top and centre, it takes a postmodern approach.
The result is novel and fun. The numerals on the dial are jumbled, but time is still easily and accurately told, thanks to an hour hand that jumps from hour to hour. What makes Crazy Hours a true icon is that it comes in the famed Cintree Curvex case and tonneau shape. Devised entirely by the watchmaker, the contours sweep from left to right and top to bottom, unlike classic tonneau shapes that are only curved from top to bottom. This means that the back, dial, hands and glass are also curved, not just the watch case. This whimsical collection also comes in a rectangular shape called Long Island, with clean lines inspired by the refinement of 1930s Art Deco. In addition, Crazy Hours is available with coloured dials, from Colour Dreams with its bright numerals to white, red, blue or green.