Feel the Steel

The Van­guard Back­swing by Franck Muller helps you track your golf­ing prow­ess.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Con­tents -

Franck Muller’s Van­guard Back­swing be­comes the bright­est and new­est arm candy to sport on fair­ways and greens.

In the world of haute hor­logerie, Franck Muller watches are known to be one of the finest and most com­pli­cated. The steel-ti­ta­nium body of the Van­guard Back­swing, the brand’s first golf watch (RM47,429), por­trays the dim­pled-sur­face of a golf ball done by a metic­u­lous­lypro­grammed CNC ma­chine. “In de­tail, there are over 200 dim­ple holes on the body, and the case is pol­ished by hand,” says Ni­cholas Ru­daz, the brand’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

This aes­thet­i­cally strik­ing model comes in three colours: black, white or yellow. “The yellow ver­sion takes in­spi­ra­tion from the yellow- coloured golf ball that’s com­monly used dur­ing win­ter for bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity.”

Like all Van­guard mod­els, se­lected parts used in the move­ment are curved, re­in­forced and reengi­neered to complement the Back­swing’s dial and pro­file. For sur­round­ings with low light, the Su­per­lu­mi­nova-coated hands glow in the dark to keep track of time. The back­swing counter in the mid­dle, cou­pled with a Score and Re­set but­ton on the side, en­ables golfers to mea­sure the per­for­mance com­pleted on each swing. Dura­bil­ity is also im­proved by the use of a sil­i­cone ring to bol­ster shock and vi­bra­tions. “Our en­gi­neers have tested the Back­swing rig­or­ously and, to date, it has proven to with­stand the var­i­ous forces gen­er­ated dur­ing a golf swing,” says Ru­daz.

“When we first pre­sented the Van­guard Back­swing in 2016, the re­sponse was fan­tas­tic. But with it be­ing our very first golf watch, we gathered valu­able feed­back to en­sure it’s prac­ti­cal dur­ing a golf game or for ca­sual use. Our clients will travel the world to play golf and the Van­guard Back­swing is de­signed to complement their favourite sport.” www.franck­muller.com ≠

“Our clients will travel the world to play golf and the Van­guard Back­swing is de­signed to complement their favourite sport.”

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