Franck Muller Crazy Hour with the arrangement of Arabic numerals has caused countless attention and speculation since its launch. This watch subverts the concept of inherent time.
Franck Muller is definitely a contemporary watchmaker. He has been studying watchmaking since he was a child. After graduating from the Geneva Watch School, FP Journe, Kari Voutilainen and he are repairing antique clocks. As early as the 1980s, he already started to make his own watch and named it “Franck Genève”. In 1991, Franck Muller teamed up with the case manufacturer Vartan Sirmakes to establish the Franck Muller watch factory in Geneva and officially launched the watch brand–Franck Muller.
Before he founded Franck Muller, he has produced two very powerful pieces. One was the most complicated watch in the world at the time, and the other was the Rolex Perpetual Calendar.
In 1989, Franck Muller got a Louis Elysee Pigue big self-sounding three-question caliber. After getting this movement, he made an amazing move: transforming the pocket watch movement into a three-question time with big self-sounding, small self-sounding, questioning, asking, perpetual calendar until 2100, week, date, month, retrograde month time difference program, moon phase profit and loss, 24-hour display, and temperature display function.
The movement is wrapped in a Breguet-style case made of 950 platinum, and Franck Muller also tailored the platinum dial made by Grandjean. Franck Muller added 160 parts to the original movement, bringing the total number of parts to 651. This one-of-a-kind watch masterpiece has written an important page in the history of the watch industry. No one in the world ever made such a complicated watch. Three years later, in 1992, this successfully modified watch was unveiled at the Basel exhibition in Switzerland, becoming the most complicated watch of the exhibition.
Louis Elysee Pigue, the most complicated watch that was converted to the show, was a self-sounding three-question movement.
In 1989, Franck Muller also made a Rolex perpetual calendar watch. Prior to this, he won a gold Rolex (Ref. 16238) in the watch competition. In order to commemorate his friendship, he transformed this Rolex into a watch with a perpetual calendar function.
It is amazing that after the renovation of Franck Muller, the original case was also can be used! He removed the calendar component of Dayjust and joined his perpetual calendar. It is very rare to superimpose a more complex perpetual calendar in a space of only about 2 mm in thickness.
Transformed into a Rolex Ref.16238 with perpetual calendar function
From the above watches, the genius Franck Muller is innovative in creating an absolutely outstanding watch and is also good at modifying the unique functions on the basic movement.
Crazy Hours watch, launched in 2003, is arguably the culmination of his superb watchmaking craftsmanship and infinite creativity.
Franck Muller Crazy Hours scale