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Who said that complications are at odds with eccentricity and the avant-garde? Of course, it is not What does Franck Muller think? Which this year has launched Curvex CX Grand Central Flash Tourbillon and it has shown that ultra-complicated technique goes wonderfully with bold and futuristic design. Precisely, the new collection from the house of Genthod is inspired by futuristic automobiles, full of color and silhouettes from another dimension. Thus, the Curvex CX Grand Central Flash Tourbillon explores new perspectives and projects what Franck Muller wants for the future.
The minimalist-looking sphere is skeletonized to give prominence to striking brightly colored hourly indices. To amplify their power and transport them to a galactic dimension, the dial has been treated in a deep matte black, which allows light to be absorbed. The power of this watch lies precisely in the interaction between light and material, so that eyes are directed directly to the center of the dial. Thus the central tourbillon stands out with personality. The tourbillon cage bridge also incorporates a fluorescent arrow that allows to read the seconds. This arrow revolves around the central tourbillon like an electron around its nucleus. Two other white skeletonized hands mark the hour and minute.
Emotions on the surface
One of the hallmarks of this collection is the curved box Curvex CX. Now, the redesigned case has managed to extend the sapphire crystal to the bracelet to give more visibility to the dial. This is achieved thanks to the improvement of a special glass fixing technique at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. In addition, the bezel, which is separated from the case, allows for a very attractive two-tone look. It also gives full visibility to the sphere by limiting the amount of material used on the sides.
The neon colored indices are one of the most successful claims of this Curvex CX Grand Central Flash Tourbillon. They are arranged in a radial pattern and its coloring is extra bright (they look great in the dark). This is due to polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)a material used in the automotive industry to make car lights.
The Curvex CX Grand Central Flash Tourbillon line nods to the Grand Central Tourbillon that the firm launched in 2021 and that was the industry’s first tonneau case watch to successfully position the tourbillon in the center of the dial instead of 6 o’clock. To relocate the tourbillon to the center required a year of research and development. Highlights include the hour and minute hands innovatively placed around the anti-gravity mechanism. All thanks to MVT FM CX 36T-CTR automatic caliberwith a 4-day power reserve.
Everything in this model is very well thought out. The finishing touch is the strap, which is made of nylon, a resistant and comfortable fabric with a sporty look. There are a variety of colors that can be combined with the color of the indexes. Or the black strap option. All in your interior are calfskin. Another difference with respect to the Grand Central Tourbillon is its diameter, which has been reduced to 36 mm. The result is a different and fashionable watch. There are versions with orange, yellow, red, neon green and electric blue indices.
There is no doubt that the new model is not intimidated by its colorful attributes, a sexy combination of bold tones and subtle textures. The Curvex CX architecture debuted in 2021 with a silhouette that captures the eccentric spirit and predicts a total success with this new collection.
|Caliber||Automatic caliber MVT FM CX 36T-CTR|
|Decoration||Côtes de Genève|
|Functions||Hours, minutes, small seconds, central tourbillon|
|Case Dimensions||36.5mm x 52.65mm|
|Inner Bezel||Blackened titanium|
|Material||Matt black sandblasted brass|
|Indexes||PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate)|
|Material||Nylon with calfskin lining|
|Buckle||Steel buckle with black PVD coating|