The"Master of Complication" opens another home in the heart of the city.
With some 20 boutiques in Asia, Franck Muller already has considerable face time in this part of the world. But the brand’s fan base must be expanding, as the brand has just opened a spanking new space at Isetan, Wisma Atria.
The new “House of Franck Muller” is a roomy 2,399 sq ft space and designed to mimic a swish home, with displays and furnishings set up to resemble a living room, library, drawing room and dining room. An on-site watchmaker will also be present to handle after-sales services.
The boutique is also home to this year’s novelties. Namely, the new additions to the Vanguard collection. The modern take on the brand’s famous Cintree Curvex case has a slew of new treatments, ranging from the scaly design of the Vanguard Cobra to the contemporary palette of the Vanguard Glacier. Ladies can also look forward to seeing the Vanguard Lady Colour Dreams and the Long Island Colour Drops in the metal. #02-01 Wisma Atria.
HIGH CONTRAST In the new Vanguard Glacier, white accents stand out strikingly against a PVD-coated steel dial and case.
THE RE-VISIONARIES Anniversaries are the perfect time for a little reminiscing, and Montblanc is doing so with a revamp of its 4810 collection. As the brand celebrates its 110th year, this 10-year-old model, best remembered for its exploding Montblanc star guilloche dial and large Roman numerals, returns with a slightly slimmer case, redesigned lugs and three new in-house movements. Shown here is the 4810 Twinfly Chronograph, which features a flyback chronograph, dual time and 24-hour indication in a 43mm steel case. The MB LL100.1 calibre uses a column wheel and vertical clutch system, and provides a power reserve of 72 hours.
LESS IS MORE If you’re the sort who wears a watch for the sole purpose of reading the time, something like the A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Thin — which doesn’t even have a seconds hand — will be right up your alley. The Saxon watchmaker’s slimmest model, which measures just 5.9mm thick, has recently been tweaked for even more design purity, by removing the dots at the end of the indexes while moving the latter closer to the bezel. The movement remains the hand-wound L093.1 for both the 37mm and 40mm models, with a respectable power reserve of 72 hours. Available in pink or white gold.
IT’S A DATE Unless one has the means for limitless perpetual calendars, annual calendar complications are always welcome, and a new one to covet is the Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar. It’s powered by the new UN-153 self-winding calibre, and the calendar complication alone contains only 12 components, instead of the usual 30. Clever engineering allowed for the simple calendar calibre UN-118 to be reworked with just three additional wheels. The Chronograph Annual Calendar bears the signature fluted bezel of the Marine family, and is available with a blue dial for nautical fans or white lacquer dial for a more classic approach. The 43mm case comes in stainless steel or 18K red gold.