Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Crazy Hours Pastels Asia Exclusive: Malaysia Price And ReviewWritten by Leong Wong
Franck Muller colours us happy with an Asia-only Fab Four.
Franck Muller—driving time crazy since 2003—has raided the candy store for a new feminine extension to its Cintrée Curvex Crazy Hours line, and the result couldn’t be more charming.
Available only in Asia, this interpretation offers four different dials with four pastel tones in blue, orange, purple and beige, together with matching straps in alligator leather too. An 18K rose gold or stainless steel bezel set with 66 brilliant-cut diamonds frames each sunburst guilloché dial decorated with a playful mishmash of the iconic Franck Muller indexes.
The signature Cintrée Curvex case with its arched back is the watchmaker’s modern interpretation of an iconic shape, the tonneau, and the ideal pairing for women’s wrists, thanks to its svelte, ergonomic proportions.
But as every aficionado knows, the real magic lies in the Crazy Hours complication and its apparently bonkers way of telling the time. The hour numerals are jumbled up on the dial, yet the hour hand still moves in the correct sequential order. In essence, if an unsuspecting passer-by were to ask for the time and attempt to read it as you would on a regular clock face, chances are utter confusion will ensue.
There is, of course, method in the madness. The complication comprises a jumping hour module and an automatic movement. While the hour hand jumps to point to the correct hour numeral, the minute hand revolves round the dial in a traditional 60-minute cycle. Although the hour numerals seem randomly placed, there is a sequence to the ‘crazy’ hours: each number is placed at an approximately 150-degree arc away from its preceding number.
The Cintrée Curvex Crazy Hours is something of an enigma in the horology world—not unlike those who know how to appreciate its sense of irreverence. But veneer of frivolity aside, it serves as a timely reminder of how you could end up missing the fun in life if all you do is obey the rules.
|32.10mm (w) x 45.10mm (h) in 18K rose gold or stainless steel|
Self-winding Crazy Hours Calibre FM2001
|Hand-sewn alligator in purple, beige, orange or blue|
|Hours and minutes with central jumping hour hand|
|RM79,112 (stainless steel), RM107,822 (rose gold)|
Editor, CROWN Malaysia
A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.