Franck Muller Vanguard Casablanca Reinvents Timeless Classics

A younger and more economical Casablanca for young watch lovers.

If the name “Casablanca” conjures up images of Humphrey Bogart saying goodbye to Ingrid Bergman’s heartbreaking “We’ll Always Have Paris” in the iconic 1942 film, we don’t feel surprise. Or, if you’re a wealthy traveler familiar with exotics, the charming Moroccan port city is known for its diverse architectural and gastronomic treasures.

However, if you’re a watch lover, the name “Casablanca” will inadvertently conjure up Franck Muller’s eponymous line of exquisite tonneau-shaped dress watches. Legend has it that the brand’s eponymous founder himself was inspired by the movie “Casablanca” when he created the watch collection.

Defined by sensuous lines that amplify the curves and three-dimensionality of a traditional tonneau-shaped case – Franck Muller has since registered a trademark for “Cintree Curvex” (French for “arched curve”) – Casablanca watches also feature capriciousness. The dial is dominated by large Art Deco Arabic numerals fanning out from the center. Indeed, this look and style will become synonymous with Franck Muller. More pertinently, the Casablanca collection is both an homage to the old school and a uniquely modern dress watch that was so popular that it rang at multiple cash registers in its heyday.

While the Casablanca line has never been discontinued, it has taken a back seat in recent years, overshadowed by the brand’s other product lines. Especially the Vanguard series, launched in 2015, dominates the new releases. This year, however, Franck Muller decided to cross-fuse the two collections with the launch of Vanguard Casablanca. For on-screen comparisons—after all, the collection has “Casablanca” in its name—these watches are like a Baz Luhrmann-esque remake of the original.

Watch lovers who know the Vanguard collection will be familiar with the watch’s hefty case (sort of like a gym bro version of the Cintree Curvex), colorful and eye-catching dials, and thick, sturdy straps that convey a sporty and dynamic spirit. Just as the Vanguard-treated Franck Muller’s iconic Crazy Hours and Revolution 3 Tourbillon finally look like they’re party-ready, Vanguard Casablanca also resurfaces as a bundled collection that looks years shorter than the original.

Available in 41mm and 43mm, the Vanguard Casablanca makes its presence felt. The barrel-shaped profile has been significantly enhanced, replacing the original Casablanca Art Deco dial with the classic spear hands, and bold stretched printed hour markers with a unique font (also Art Deco) skeletonized hands by Vanguard Collection. Minute track and compass points on the inner bezel.

To say the least, the series’ hyperbole is straight-forward. The watches are available in automatic three-hand and steel chronograph versions, with a black dial with Super-LumiNova markers, a brown dial with chocolate-colored numerals, and a salmon-colored dial with Super-LumiNova markers. Each version is imbued with its own glamour while collectively expressing the collection’s sporty luxury DNA. In addition, there is a boutique version of the stainless steel three-hand and chronograph models with black dials and blue numerals, which in our opinion is the coolest look in the collection.

The sporty style of the Vanguard Casablanca is very different from the exuberant and refined elegance of the original Casablanca. Franck Muller called it the collection’s “21st century” style, and he didn’t stray too far. In addition, as one of the brand ambassadors, Vanguard Casablanca aims to attract the attention of young watch lovers.

The watch’s muscular silhouette, vibrant colours and most importantly, make them entry-level for Franck Muller. Granted, that’s still a pretty high bar for young executives. But as the brand’s entry-level range, Vanguard Casablanca offers a tantalizing and intriguing proposition. fake luxury watches

MB&F LMX Steel & Brass, Episode 3 of the LMX Series

When you can’t get enough of the good stuff!

Ten years — eleven years to be exact — have passed since MB&F’s Legacy Machine No. 1 launched. Introduced in 2011, the LM1 was a groundbreaking timepiece that countered MB&F’s signature galactic style, with classic features and a flying balance wheel on the dial. The LM1’s two white lacquered dials represent the two time zones, marking the first milestone in the legacy of the Legacy Machine collection. To celebrate its first decade in 2021, MB&F revisits the LM1 concept with a new model. Designated as LMX, many elements from sport to the cutting edge surface for an even more dynamic spectacle. The latest LMX Steel & Brass, with its gorgeous gold-brushed brass dial and gleaming stainless steel case, writes the third episode of the series.

Brass Motherboard
The lovely champagne matte color of the background set is made of untreated brass and corresponds to the reverse side of the main board. Like other LM models, the exposed moving parts of the watch face are not mounted on the dial, but on a brass plate that serves as the dial. Unlike earlier versions of the LMX with green CVD and black NAC treated plates, the natural golden luster of the brushed brass brings a pleasant warmth to the composition, contrasting with the brightly polished stainless steel case.

Two-way time shuttle
The guiding light behind the Legacy Machine is to explore what kind of watch Max Büsser would have dreamed of if he had been born in 1867. Filled with an aesthetic nod to traditional 19th-century watchmaking norms, the Legacy Machine incorporates the dynamic dynamism of MB&F. An elevated 14mm balance wheel hangs from the center of the dial (you can read all about the evolution of the LM in this article).

Against a lovely frosted background, two classic white lacquered subdials with a gold frame, Roman numerals and blue hands appear on the base. Its 50° inclination allows the owner to see at a glance two different time zones, which in turn can be adjusted via corresponding crowns on the steel case at 10 and 2 o’clock.

Following the design upgrade of the LMX, the lines of the 44mm stainless steel case are more streamlined and refined, and the hollow area extends along the strap. The 21.4mm height, including the super-dome sapphire crystal that contains the elements, ensures viewing pleasure from every angle.

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Unlike the more enclosed appearance of the original LM1, the LMX reveals many functional elements, but they are arranged symmetrically. Proudly, the massive 13.4 mm floating balance wheel beats at 18,000 beats per hour, almost rubbing the high-dome sapphire crystal. Equipped with inertia blocks for increased accuracy, the balance is held in place by beautiful arched V-cleats.

At noon, located under the bridge is the hemispherical power reserve indicator, an evolution of the vertical power reserve indicator on the LM1. The numbers 1-7 on the arched scale indicate how much power is left in the powerful 7-day (168-hour) tank, and you can also see the working day displayed on the other side of the hemisphere. Thanks to the rotation of the entire display, you can adjust the direction via the crown to view the power reserve or the work day. Continuing on the vertical axis, the components of the gear train are exposed on the tomahawk-shaped escapement bridge and the running seconds hand at 6 o’clock. review replica watches

Echoing the crowns at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions of the case, the dial’s two horizontally-aligned wheels sit above two titled sub-dials, which rotate when the time on either dial is adjusted.

The sapphire crystal caseback showcases MB&F’s hand-wound 367 partial calibre, with three concentrically arranged mainspring barrels that provide a powerful 7-day power reserve. This Steel & Brass version showcases untreated brass plates and bridges on the back, decorated with Côtes de Genève and other refined 19th-century handmade finishes.

Technical Specifications – MB&F LMX Steel and Brass
Case: Diameter 4mm x H21.4mm – 316L stainless steel, polished – Two crowns at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock – High domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial, sapphire crystal case back
Dial: Brushed brass plate – Two independent sub-dials with dual time function – Crown at 10 and 2 o’clock to set the time on the sub-dial – Small seconds at 6 o’clock – Central floating balance Fixed in place by a domed bridge – Hemispherical power reserve and day indication at 12 o’clock – Tomahawk escapement bridge – Exposed wheels at 2 and 10 o’clock that rotate when the crown is activated – 10 and 10 o’clock Crown at 2 o’clock to set time on subdial
Movement: 3D horological movement exclusively developed by MB&F – Manual winding with three barrels for 168 hours/7 days power reserve – 13.4 mm floating balance with inertial mass – 18,800vph/2.5 Hz – 367 Components – 41 jewels – Gold sleeve countersunk with diamonds – Superlative 19th century style handpiece – Hours and minutes on two separate dials (dual time), running seconds, rotating dome power reserve
Strap: Brown hand-stitched alligator leather, stainless steel folding clasp

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Audemars Piguet’s new-generation 7121 ultra-thin automatic movement Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary is the key to the future

After Audemars Piguet announced in 2021 that it would discontinue the most popular model of the Royal Oak, the 15202, this year – the 50th anniversary of the Royal series – announced that a new generation of the 16202 will be the successor model. For watch lovers who love Royal Oak fake watches, the most gratifying thing is that the 16202 faithfully preserves the design elements and appearance of the previous generation 15202, or even the more classic first-generation Royal Oak 5402, because it has been upgraded to a brand new one. The developed 7121 movement makes this classic, which has stood for half a century, with a more modern practical functional connotation.

Speaking of this, I have to introduce the 7121 movement. This new generation of ultra-thin automatic movement developed by Audemars Piguet for 5 years is the key core of the 16202 facelift and upgrade. Because watch lovers have always been sensitive to the change of the model, especially for a series that has not changed its movement in the past 50 years, how should the wearer clearly feel the functional upgrade after the change, and at the same time maintain The familiar classic appearance and wearing feel are the important factors that Audemars Piguet fake considered when developing the 7121 movement.

The brand-new model 16202 is launched this year, including stainless steel with blue dial, 18K gold with smoked gold dial, rose gold with smoked gray dial, and platinum with smoked green dial, a total of 4 styles. The diameter of the case is 39mm and the thickness is 8.1mm. The size of the case is exactly the same as that of the previous generation 15202. Other design elements are only slightly adjusted, but the biggest change is actually in the case.

The Royal Oak series that came out in 1972, from the first model 5402 launched to the model 15202, which was discontinued last year, has been equipped with the same 2121 movement for 50 years. The 2121 movement was developed on the basis of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 902 movement, which was born in the late 1960s, with a thickness of only 3.05mm. However, since the 2121 movement adopts the ancient movement structure of the 1960s, some functions, including the accuracy of 19,800vph, the power reserve of 40 hours, and the date display lacking the quick adjustment function, can no longer fully meet the needs of modern people. daily use needs.

Therefore, Audemars Piguet took the 50th anniversary of Royal Oak as an opportunity to launch the new Royal Oak “Jumbo” model 16202. The new 7121 caliber equipped with it not only means that the 2121 caliber that has stood for half a century has left the scene, it has the meaning of inheriting the past. The more substantive purpose is to transform the Royal Oak watch into a more modern watch that is closer to the new generation of users, while preparing for further use in the future.

Core Architecture Upgrade

The most significant upgrade of the new Royal Oak “Jumbo” model 16202 is that it is equipped with the latest 7121 automatic movement. Compared with the 2121 movement carried by the previous model 15202, it is quite impressive whether it is a visual or functional improvement. The first is the first impression of the appearance of the 7121 movement, which are two opposite golden cross-bridge hollow bridges, which respectively fix the balance wheel and the barrel. Not only does it bring a more modern visual impression, but the structural function is also more stable than the 2121 movement.

Then it comes to the most obvious and core architecture upgrade for users. Including the increase of the vibration frequency from 19,800 vph to 28,800 vph, and the increase of the power reserve from 40 hours to 55 hours, which could not be achieved simultaneously under the dynamic conditions of the 2121 movement in the past. Audemars Piguet first used a larger barrel in the 7121 movement as a power source for the long-term and accurate supply of the movement, followed by a ball bearing automatic disc, and a more efficient satellite wheel-type two-way winding. mechanism to improve the efficiency of the chain.

Another detail is the part of the balance wheel. The 2121 movement adopts the design concept of a card-free balance wheel adjusted with 6 weights. The new 7121 movement further sets 6 adjustment weights on the balance. The inner side of the wheel can maintain the smooth outline of the outer edge of the balance wheel, so as to reduce the air resistance generated during high-speed operation, and improve the working efficiency to reduce energy consumption.

The classic appearance remains unchanged and the practicality is improved

In addition, it is about the 7121 movement to improve the user experience. The Royal Oak “Jumbo” is a watch with three needles and a date. For users, there is often a need to adjust the date, but the date fast adjustment function There is no movement structure in the 1960s used by the 2121 movement, so when users need to adjust the date for multiple days, they can only do it through a more time-consuming time adjustment. The patented ultra-thin energy-saving date setting mechanism is added to the new 7121 movement, which not only meets the needs of users, but also takes into account the kinetic energy demand of ultra-thin movement to reduce energy consumption.

In addition to the functional upgrade, another key point of Audemars Piguet’s development of the 7121 movement is to maintain the classic appearance proportion and wearing feel of the Royal Oak “Jumbo”, and the size of the movement is the key. As described above, the evolution of many functional upgrades from the 2121 movement to the 7121 movement is bound to increase the complexity of the movement. However, because of the modern movement design and watchmaking technology, although the total number of parts has increased from 247 to 268, the size of the movement has only slightly increased from 28.4mm to 29.6mm, and the thickness has increased from 3.05mm to 29.6mm. 3.2mm, perfectly controlled within the allowable range, was able to successfully fit into the classic Royal Oak “Jumbo” case with a diameter of 39mm and a thickness of 8.1mm. This also confirms Audemars Piguet’s strong strength in movement technology. fake watches for sale

FP JOURNE LINESPORT CENTRIGRAPHE

When dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s inappropriate to order a fine example of haute cuisine and kill it with Heinz ketchup. Likewise, dangling furry dice from a Bentley’s rearview mirror is out of place. Unparalleled creation should be respected.

Close to Geneva’s retail boulevards and seemingly far from the shopper’s world, this is a sanctuary for those with a discerning temperament. FP Journe cheap is headquartered in Rue de l’Arquebuse. The company’s premises serve three purposes: it holds the administrative functions of the company, it is a boutique, and most importantly, it hosts some of the finest watchmaking that can be found anywhere on the planet.

As the heavy door opened for me, I was warmly received by my host, and I entered a familiar world. At least twice a year, I make a pilgrimage to FP Journe’s highly regarded watchmaking factory. The walls are adorned with horological artifacts and books, while light floods the spacious room, providing the most discerning eye with a means of seeing the remarkable quality up close. Along with the many visual spectacles among me, there is a soothing soundtrack of ticks and ticks. Luxurious furniture, optimally positioned around the room, exudes sophistication. Wearing a casual suit, I feel well dressed and ready to rate the new FP Journe LineSport Centrigraphe.

The FP Journe LineSport Centrigraphe is now available in platinum or 18 karat 6N yellow gold. The chosen case material determines the tone of the dial. 18-karat 6N yellow gold case with “ruthenium-plated” silver guilloché dial. The latter treatment fills the dial with shades of grey.

Matte 5N gold hands effectively display the hours and minutes. Their curvaceous lines fit with FP Journe’s tried-and-true design language and successfully combine functionality and beauty with radiant effects.

No aspect of the FP Journe timepiece is perfunctory, and that includes the indexes. Applied Roman numerals, made of 18 karat 6N gold to convey the message with incredible balance. The high-end brand has skillfully manipulated the digital scales to inject another oomph into the dial. The white chemin de fer follows tradition and makes reading meeting minutes easier.

However, I’m saving this for last. Positioned center stage, the three chronographs, combined with the mirror-polished frame, have equal prominence. Each register is the same size, with silver guilloche and slim red hands. 20-second counter at 2 o’clock, 10-minute counter at 6 o’clock and 1-second counter at 10 o’clock. The latter indication gets the most attention, making a frantic detour every second.

This remarkable chronograph can measure elapsed time to an incredible 1/100th of a second. Furthermore, it can display this information in a highly legible, easily interpretable form.

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FPJourne chose to house the watch in a case made from 18 karat 6N gold. This gives the watch a distinctive red hue that surpasses even the ebullient performance of the more commonly used 5N red gold. This shade gives the FP Journe LineSport Centrigraphe an amazing aesthetic look.

The bezel elegantly blends black and gold tones, while the crown at 4 o’clock lives up to another of the brand’s legendary design codes.

At 2 o’clock, a patented rocker mechanism starts, stops and resets the chronograph. While some brands are obsessed with chronograph precision, they seem to forget the importance of the wearer’s interaction with the putter. The joystick is more intuitive to use than normal buttons, so the time from observing an event to starting the chronograph is shorter, providing a more accurate measurement of elapsed time. François-Paul Journe has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to see details overlooked by his contemporaries.

Apart from the highly polished vertical sides, the bracelet has a matte finish. Once again, this subtle detailing sets this watch apart from competing watches, but without sacrificing beauty and taste.

The Calibre 1506 is a hand-wound movement that can be seen through the exhibition caseback. As with most of FPJourne’s movements, it is crafted in 18-karat rose gold.

Any FP Journe movement has two things in common: technical prowess and finishing. The Calibre 1506 installed on the FP Journe LineSport Centrigraphe continued this reputation.

François-Paul Journe chose to equip the chronograph with its own drive train, driven directly by the mainspring. When starting many chronographs, the amplitude of the balance wheel decreases, reducing accuracy. Calibre 1506 has two independent trains, which solves this problem, ensuring that the time indication is not affected. When the chronograph is inactive, the watch has a power reserve of 80 hours. When the chronograph is running, it goes down to 24 hours.

The Monsieur Journe is also equipped with a movement with a free-spring balance. By adjusting the four masses mounted on the spokes of the balance wheel, a competent watchmaker is able to change the moment of inertia, increasing/decreasing the ratio. This provides superior precision compared to common curb adjusters.

Gold is one of the least reactive metals in existence, so it does not corrode easily. However, most watchmakers avoid this material because it is so soft that it is easy to mark with random tools. Nonetheless, the punctual watchmakers at FP Journe clearly operate the tools with dexterity and composure. Clearly, FP Journe watches are designed to last for generations. high quality replica watches

Côtes de Genève pattern and gold-engraved text on the plywood. The baseplate features a pearl pattern and the crown wheel features a sunburst pattern. Each screw head is polished, gleaming, and has a chamfered groove. The nails have polished rounded ends.

Viewing the movement through the sapphire crystal, every visible jewel, pin and screw is housed in a polished sink. The dip provides a gleaming edge between the deck and the sides. Every element of the movement has an extraordinary look.

My love for the FP Journe LineSport Centrigraphe is obvious. I have considered every element of this watch and can’t seem to find a fault. It offers the ownership experience that most self-respecting enthusiasts should aspire to experience.

In fact, the term “experience” seems most apt when entering the realm of FP Journe and its esteemed founder, François-Paul Journe. There is a sense of occasion. The watch sits on a gorgeous brown tray, the timepiece is always handled with gloves, and a magnifying glass is provided to see every square millimeter of perfection. best quality replica watches

I’ve never taken a “wrist photo” of an FP Journe watch because it looks almost disrespectful. These watches, like the peerless pieces I mentioned earlier, deserve respect. In fact, the next time I go to the company’s boutique, I’ll probably consider wearing a black tie suit.

Technical Specifications

Model: FP Journe LineSport Centrigraphe
Reference: CT2
Case: 18-karat 6N gold; diameter 44mm; height 10.95mm; sapphire crystal and sapphire case back
Functions: hours; minutes; chronograph
Movement: Calibre 1506; hand-wound movement; frequency 21,600 VpH (3Hz); 50 jewels; power reserve 80 hours chronograph idle / 24 hours chronograph running
Strap: 18-carat 6N gold bracelet with adjustable folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon

50 years is an important anniversary for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. One of the updated models is the Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon, with three new additions to the collection: one in rose gold, one in stainless steel and one in titanium.

The first two have a plain smoked blue dial with the Grande Tapisserie motif, while the third has a matte blue dial. Each new model is powered by the calibre 2950, ​​which debuted in 2020, with a power reserve of 65 hours and a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. Only now, on the back of the movement is a special gold oscillating weight with the “50 Years” logo, bringing attention to the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary on the agenda.

This watch features design improvements aimed at improving its appearance. Improvements include wider bevels on the case and bracelet to better emphasise the effect of light on the surface; first link thickness on the one-piece bracelet is tapered to emphasise slimness for a more comfortable fit; slightly cut A sapphire crystal case back to better fit the wearer’s wrist; and hour markers and hands with new proportions that are more in harmony with the dial. Despite the changes, the watch still measures 41 x 10.6 mm, the same as the existing self-winding tourbillon. Audemars Piguet fake

The Audemars Piguet lettering on the dial is made from a thin layer of 24-karat gold using a galvanic growth process that the Associated Press describes as a chemical process similar to 3D printing. The letters are connected by thin chains that are hard to see with the naked eye. They are then attached to the dial with the help of the shank. Originally, the method of appending letters was developed for Audemars Piguet’s Code 11:59 series. The updated tourbillon looks great, as do the existing models that people are already lining up to buy.

Specifications Audemars Piguet Automatic Royal Oak Flying Tourbillon

Reference 26730OR.OO.1320OR.0 1 (18k rose gold); 26730ST.OO.1320ST.01 (stainless steel); 26730TI.OO.1320TI.01 (titanium).
Frame 41 x 10.6 mm, gold, steel, titanium. Waterproof to 50 meters
Clock face blue, luminous indices.
One bracelet Stainless steel, titanium​​​, 18k rose gold
Mechanism Automatic, Calibre 2950. Functions: hours, minutes, tourbillon. Power reserve 65 hours. Balanced frequency 21,600 vph, 27 jewels.