Franck Muller launches Vanguard Casablanca

Revive retro bestsellers.

Now in its third decade, Franck Muller cheap is a successful example of independent watchmaking, growing from a small company centered on the founder of the same name to a brand with nine-figure annual revenues.

In addition to a steady stream of innovations and highly complicated watches, the brand is best known for its tonneau-shaped cases – the Cintrée Curvex – which were so successful in the 1990s that tonneau-shaped cases became a staple of contemporary watchmaking.

The new Vanguard Casablanca is an evolution of the barrel shape while taking the palette and styling of the best-selling Cintrée Curvex Casablanca when it was launched in 1998. While the Vanguard was launched in 2014, the Casablanca debuted with a new 43mm size to fill the gap between the 41mm and 45mm cases.

The original Casablanca got its name from the 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. To evoke the era of steamboat travel and exotic port cities, Casablanca has oversized Arabic numerals and dials in vintage colors like salmon and sand.

This has been translated into the Vanguard Casablanca, which blends the retro style of the original with a decidedly modern case in a sporty, masculine size. It’s a powerful and attractive design, arguably more typical of Franck Muller than earlier versions of the Vanguard.

Because the look is very typical of Franck Muller, this will appeal most to those who like the brand, especially if the existing 41mm and 45mm case sizes don’t fit. With Casablanca, Vanguard is available in 43mm for the first time.

Still very much like a tonneau case, the Vanguard case is essentially a modern take on the classic Cintrée Curvex. A prominent recessed bezel filled with black rubber runs along its perimeter, dividing the case lengthwise into the upper half. The break between the upper and lower halves reduces the perceived thickness of the case, while also making its lines more pronounced.

The Vanguard Casablanca is available in two sizes, 41mm and 43mm, the larger size being exclusive to South East Asia.

The Vanguard Casablanca is available in four colours inspired by the originals from the 1990s – blue, black, caramel and salmon. All the colours date back to the history of the brand as they are modelled on dials that Franck Muller has supplied in the past. high quality replica watches

Particularly attractive are the dials with warm tones, namely caramel and salmon. But for those who prefer a bolder look, the boutique version with a blue-black palette is the way to go.

The FM 800-DT is the standout among the chronograph versions, a movement that has the same diameter and power reserve as the ETA 2892, but is slightly thicker. It is produced in-house by Franck Muller, but was originally designed by German watchmaker Martin Braun.

Like most Franck Muller automatic movements, it has a solid platinum rotor, although it is completely hidden under a solid caseback.

Franck Muller Vanguard Casablanca (time-only)
Ref. V 43 SC DT CASA
refer to. V 41 SC DT Casa

Diameter: 41 mm x 49.95 mm, or 42.5 mm x 52.7 mm
Height: 12.2 mm, or 12.6 mm
Material: Steel
Glass: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: FM 800-DT
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and date
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Chain: self-winding
Power reserve: 42 hours

Strap: Alligator leather covered with rubber

Patek Philippe Ref. 5304/301R-001 Minute Repeater with Retrograde Perpetual Calendar

The new rose gold version of this Patek Philippe Minute Repeater and Retrograde Perpetual Calendar watch is decorated with 80 baguette diamonds and belongs to the “Rare Handicrafts” series of the Geneva family. This new complication watch is equipped with a transparent sapphire crystal dial, and the wearer can admire the movement from the front of the watch.

The first Patek Philippe complication with a transparent sapphire crystal dial was designated as Ref. 2006 5104; it had a platinum case with rose gold appliques. From 2014 to 2018, closely followed by Ref. 5304 rose gold with white gold intarsia. Now, Patek Philippe has released a new version of rose gold high jewellery. Its bezel, lugs and folding clasp are shining under the fire of 80 flawless top Wesselton baguette diamonds (approximately 6.22 carats).

For this timepiece, Patek Philippe has developed an ingenious system that displays the day, month, and leap year cycle through a transparent sapphire crystal plate, where each display is highlighted in white and contrasts with the black background of the small hole below. To fix the extremely thin sapphire crystal disc on its tiny steel mandrel, a unique and patented assembly process must be developed.

The hollow black lacquered white gold leaf-shaped hands also enhance the visual effect of the movement and its steel parts. Its beveled and polished edges contrast with the rose gold plate decorated with pearl powder. The hand of the flyback date display has a crescent-shaped tip, and numbers are marked on the scale on the outermost edge of the dial. The perpetual calendar has a moon phase display and small seconds at 6 o’clock.

To further enhance the charm of this timepiece, Patek Philippe integrated exquisite platinum inlays and carved leaf patterns on the side of the case and the timekeeping slide.

The sapphire crystal caseback shows the magnificent view of the self-winding calibre R 27 PS QR LU movement, especially the minute repeater with two gongs or the centrifugal governor under the perforated Calatrava cross pattern. The rose gold embedded eccentric micro-rotor is decorated with leaf patterns and rhodium-plated sink. good website

technical details
Calibre R 27 PS QR LU
Self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 28 mm
Height: 7.23 mm
Parts: 517
Splint: 12 pieces
Gems: 41
Power reserve: at least. 38 hours, up to 48 hours
22K gold eccentric mini
Oscillating weight: Gyromax®
Vibration/hour: 21 600 (3 Hz)
Hairspring: Spiromax®
Logo: Patek Philippe Seal

Minute repeater with classic gong
Perpetual calendar with retrograde date hand Date
, Month and leap year window manual
Moon phase
Small seconds

Transparent sapphire, date and minute markers, white printed with gold powder dots

Watch case
Rose gold
Sapphire crystal case back
Only moisture and dustproof (not waterproof)
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 13.3 mm
Gem setting: 58 baguette diamonds: approximately 5.25 carats. (Baffle plate and lugs). 22 baguette diamonds: approximately 0.97 carats. (buckle). A total of 80 baguette diamonds: approximately 6.22 carats.

Crocodile leather with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny black
Diamond-studded folding clasp