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Franck Muller The Watch Making Company


Franck Muller The Watch Making Company

Franck Muller has been called the Master of Complications. He is a Swiss watchmaker born in 1958 in La Chaux de Fonds.

After he graduated from watch making school he began to repair high quality pocket watches and he became responsible for Patek Philippe watches. Whilst he was repairing the complicated watches, he began to like the complicated mechanisms and he started to think about his own workshop.

Franck Muller started his creative career in 1984 where he designed a new collection of Tourbillion wristwatch.

In 1992 he opened the House of Franck Muller and has since become popular in the UAS and Europe.

The Collections

Every year Franck Muller designs a new collection and every collection has that something different.

The aim of Franck Muller is to create stylish and complicated mechanisms.

His first collection, the Tourbillion collection has an interesting mechanism. Pocket watches were notorious for not being precise because of the gravity force on them; the solution was to mount the escapement in a rotating frame. The frame rotated 1800 and cancelled the gravity effect. At the time it was considered to be one of the most difficult mechanisms to make.

Notable Timepieces

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This was the first watch to have both vertical and horizontal tourbillion. There is a rotating carriage that rotates once a minute and is pretty amazing to see.

Revolution 3

This watch is different because it has a minute repeater. The watch tells you the time through audible tones.

Long Island Crazy Hours

This is an unusual timepiece. On the face the hours are mixed up. The hour hand does not function like normal as it actually jumps to indicate the hour and the minute hand is normal. It is also made from 18K white gold.

The Colour Dreams Watch

This watch is from the Curvex Collection. The idea was to make the numbers in different colours so that the women that wear them would be different from others.

Chronograph Endurance

The special thing about this watch is that it has numbers to 23 so that it shows the time in a 24-hour mode.

Franck Muller has created some beautiful watches that have incorporated complicated mechanisms.


Hermes Re-Creates the Pocket Watch


Hermes Re-Creates the Pocket Watch

Jacqueline Hermes received a pocket watch from her father in 1912. The pocket watch had been designed so that the she was able to ride her horse without the need to attach her watch to her clothing or put in her pocket. The leather strap was designed so that it would wrap tightly around the watch for protection.

100 years later in 2012, the watch was re-created under the name In The Pocket.

Hermes has now issued the second watch in the series with a rose gold watch that is dressed in an alligator casing.

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The new watch has been designed so that it can be worn as a traditional pocket watch or as a wristwatch. The watch is available in a 178-piece limited edition.

The rose gold case of the In The Pocket watch has a silver dial with baton type hands that travel across pared down numerals. At 3 o’clock a small seconds sub-dial is located.

A H1837 automatic movement that has a 50-hour reserve powers the watch. The brands signature of H is found over the watch.

The watchstrap has two longer and shorter sections. The plain strap and and the buckle strap end have been hand crafted in the La Montre Hermes workshops in Switzerland from leather. The two parts are made from three layers of leather, which are alligator, cow and Zermatt calfskin lining.

The hides that have been used are soaked and pressed in to a mold and left to dry for 10 days. A pointed tool is then used to cut the hides and they are sanded and glued. The parts are the partially sown. The buckle end is perforated so that space is freed up to reveal the dial and where the plain strap and the crown can pass.

The buckle strap and the plain strap are then fitted together, marked with a compass, indented and sown with the saddle stitching technique.

The watch is then finished with dying, stitching and polishing.

The watch is truly unique and a statement watch that will add class to any outfit.


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An Ultra Rare Rolex to be Auctioned


An Ultra Rare Rolex to be Auctioned

For Many vintage watch enthusiasts it is the historical, dual time zone pilot’s wristwatch that they describe as their first watch, their first great watch or their first Rolex, but not many or any in that matter have owned a Rolex 1675 GMT Master.


The GMT is best compared to the Day Date in regards to the idea that it is one of the few Rolex’s to have a considerable number of bezel, case and dial variations. There are various bezels but the most uncommon is the blueberry bezels.

There are certain 1675 dials that are golden whilst others are matte. Also minor details like the underline beneath Officially certified on the dial can add major value. 1675’s mainly have regular crown guards and pointed crown guards, but there some that have no crown guards.

The original and amazing Blueberry GMT is to be offered up in an upcoming auction. The auction is to be held at Antiquorum on April the 15th in New York. This is exciting news for watch collectors.

It has become difficult to find a good example of the Blueberry 1675. This owed mainly to the amount of replicas of blue bezels that can be found all over the internet.

The Blueberry GMT Master is estimated between $15 000 and $20 000.

This watch is a cross between the 9411 Tudor Snowflake and the 1680 Submariner. However the benefit of owning this GMT though is that it is a far slimmer and more wearable case.

The 1675 has the GMT function which is perfect for those that travel often.


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The Special Edition of the Gucci U-Play Watch


The Special Edition of the Gucci U-Play Watch

The Gucci U-Play timepiece features an interchangeable bezel and bracelet. The limited edition design has a silver Guccissima leather on the strap and bezel.


Gucci Timepieces announced their special edition of the U-Play watch in 2010, which has been designed by Creative director Frida Giannini and also a contribution of $70 000 to benefit UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative says

Frida Giannini said that she visited Malawi with UNICEF and saw the difficult situation that children face in sub-Saharan Africa where there are so many children that do not get the opportunity to go to school. She said that she saw how the UNICEF’s Schools for Africa program is successful in providing education for children.

Gucci has had a relationship with UNICEF since 2005 and has committed more than $9 million. Gucci have also consistently supported UNICEF’s life saving treatment, care and prevention programs for orphans and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa.

The partnership has grown to a focus on education through UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative. The program aims to increase access to quality basic education for millions of children in Africa.

The Gucci U-Play watch is aimed at benefiting UNICEF and is available in stores worldwide.

The Gucci and UNICEF Partnership

In 2005 the Gucci and UNICEF partnership began when the company introduced the first annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF. The international campaign is the most extensive charitable partnership in Gucci’s history and supports UNICEF programs for orphans and children that have been affected by the HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Every year, Gucci has intensified the company’s commitment to UNICEF by expanding the annual campaign and introducing new initiatives to support the partnership.

Gucci has committed over $9 million to UNICEF. This amazing sum shows the increased scale and scope of the company’s support and has resulted in Gucci’s current status as the largest corporate donor to UNICEF’s Schools for Africa program.

The funds donated by Gucci Timepieces will support UNICEF programs in Malawi and Mozambique, where nearly 1 million children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.


A Look at Breitling


Breitling are the designers, engineers, manufactures and the distributor of chronometer watches. The company was founded in 1884 in Grenchen, Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. Breitling is well known in the aviator world for their precision made chronometers according to

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Breitling fits certified chronometers in all models and the watches are usually marketed towards diving and aviation.

The style of Breitling watches are shown through polished cases, bracelets and large watch faces that are designed to help in the readability of the watches. There is generally an automatic winding mechanism, which is mechanical.



The Navitimer model is known for the circular slide rule to the bezel of their chronograph models which was added in the 1940s, so that aircraft piolets could use it.

Scott Carpenter approached the company in 1961 with the idea of adding a 24 hour dial instead of the normal 12 hours. As an astronaut, Carpenter said that this was needed so that they could know if it was day or night during space travel.

Breitling produced the 24 hour Navitimer and later made the Cosmonaut Navitimer.


The Emergency by Breitling contains a radio transmitter, which is intended for civil aviation use. When the conditions are stable then the signal can be picked up at a range of 90 nautical miles by search aircraft that is flying 20 000 feet.

In 2013 there was a new version of the Emergency watch, where it transmit on the 121.5 MHz frequency, but also on the 406.04 MHz signal which is monitored by satellites. There is a separate battery that can be recharged for the transmitter.


Breitling and Bentley joined forces and on their 10th anniversary of the partnership, the Bentley B04 GMT, B05 Unitime and B06 were produced.


Cartier’s Gentleman Exhibition


Cartier’s Gentleman Exhibition


The Man by Cartier is an exhibition that recently launched at Harrods with the aim of putting Cartier’s fine watches into the spotlight according to

The association with Cartier is one of feminine mystique like that of the iconic Panthere which graced the necks and wrists of many 20th century celebrated women, but a new exhibition hopes to put the spotlight onto the male sex.

‘The Man by Cartier’ which is an exhibition held at Harrods until the 19th November shows the French houses commitment to incredible timepieces for men. In store there is a video as well as numerous spaces that have been devoted to watches throughout Cartier’s rich history.

The shift in focus to Cartier men also reflects on the Cartier legacy that was founded by Louis Francois Cartier in 1847 who then entrusted his son Alfred who in turn entrusted his sons Louis, Jacques and Pierre to carry on the legacy.

The exhibition also highlights the masculine legacy of Cartier’s ground breaking designs and creating pieces for explorers, adventures and Kings as they have. King Edward VII was a particular fan and called Cartier, “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers”

Cartier’s brand debut was founded because Alberto Santos-Dumont who was an aviator, he complained to Louis Francois that it was to difficult to tell the time with a pocket watch when in mid-flight. The first wrist watch was then born and thus setting the trend of kitting out the dynamic men of the day with time pieces.

The exhibition honours the tradition with the Calibre de Cartier Diver watch which was the brands first horological deep sea adventure which launched this year. This watch is an authentic diving watch which has been designed to be water resistant up to 300 metres and features a unique coating and rubber strap which serves as protection for the dazzling display, a bold monochrome face in handsome rose gold.

Other timepieces at the exhibition include the sculptural torture watch, the sleek Tank, the complicated Rotonde de Cartier and the beautiful Ballon.

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