The shape of the Cintrée Curvex™ has its roots in the 1920s. Before 1910, round pocket watches were the main style produced. This was down to two reasons: firstly, many of the movement components were round so they were easy to fit into a round case. And secondly, it was much easier to arrange the minutes at regular intervals with a round case. In addition, round watches were convenient and slipped easily into pockets. Beginning in 1910, more and more non-round case shapes were produced, and there were increasing attempts to make the watches stand out from other brands and models. The early wristwatches were made longer and more ergonomic, adapting to the wrist. As a result, numerals and indexes had to change to fit the elongated design so they also became more elongated and curved – something you see a lot in Franck Muller’s models today.
Committed to upholding his reputation as a ‘master of complications’ Franck Muller has created an extraordinary collection of wristwatches with the name Crazy Hours. This collection is a completely new take on the concept of time. In fact, the Crazy Hours shows the hours on the dial in a totally different order and provides a little surprise every 60 minutes with its fascinating and seemingly random jumping hour hand. To read the time, you have to look at the number indicated by the hour hand, while the minute hand goes around in the traditional 60-minute cycle. This ‘Swiss Edition’ of the iconic Cintrée Curvex Crazy Hours evokes the spirit of the Alpine country with its red alligator leather strap and the inscription ‘Switzerland’ on the silver dial. The 32 mm stainless-steel case is set with 79 brilliant diamonds, giving the watch a very glamorous look. In keeping with the Swiss theme, the crown is set with a red ruby and white brilliant-cut diamonds. Wearers can admire the mechanical movement with automatic winding through the sapphire crystal caseback. This is a true gem with every detail carefully crafted. It is limited to 188 pieces and can only be purchased in Switzerland, so it is first come, first served.