FRANCK MU LLER

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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.

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