Brand story: The power of gravity
Franck Muller’s Gravity Skeleton and the laws of physics.
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.