Inspired by the universe of futuristic automobiles and following the success of the Grand Central Tourbillon—the world’s first tonneau-shaped centre tourbillon watch—Franck Muller is proud to present the new Grand Central Tourbillon Flash, which explores edgy and vibrant perspectives of an already ground-breaking timepiece, and projects itself light-years ahead.
With a dial that is simultaneously minimalist yet audacious, the newest addition to the Grand Central Tourbillon line is a timepiece for which technique is literally at the core. In the middle of a microblasted matte black brass dial and boldly coloured indices, is of course the whirlwind that is the pièce de résistance of the entire collection. A masterstroke of modern watchmaking and the result of over a year of industrious research and development, the tourbillon here is moved from the traditional 6 o’clock position into the spotlight on the centre of the dial, with the hour and minute hands innovatively placed around the central tourbillon cage, drawing attention to the complexity of the movement within, in an ingenious “stacking” of complications. The Cintrée Curvex CX case’s bezel, made in blackened titanium, is also separate from its case allowing for more depth with a two-tone treatment and highlighting the sensuous curves of the watch.
The Grand Central Tourbillon Flash holds a self-winding movement, thanks to a sunray-brushed eccentric micro rotor, offering a generous 4 days of power reserve. Its handsome 60 second tourbillon is suspended by a single bridge—which is also shaped to indicate the seconds—and is elevated above the rest of the dial, magnificently on display. The minimal hour and minute hands extend outward from the central carriage on openwork circles that are also suspended around the spectacular tourbillon.
A New Showstopper
Standing out like a futuristic starship in space, the Grand Central Tourbillon Flash features a redesigned dial, on which the House’s distinctive numerals are replaced by bright, vibrantly coloured indices on a microblasted black matte dial, all pointing toward the centre of the timepiece, highlighting the mesmerising mechanics of the tourbillon. The tourbillon’s cage bridge also incorporates a striking neon arrow, rotating around the nucleus like an electron, enabling the seconds to be read.
Housed in the redesigned Curvex CX case which debuted in 2021, the movement of the Grand Central Tourbillon Flash is fitted to the curved case middle. Affording greater visibility of the flashy indices and spellbinding centre tourbillon, the sapphire crystal extends all the way to the lugs—a feat achieved only after perfecting a special technique of fixing the glass at 12 o’clock and 6 o’cloc — and giving the Curvex CX our most curved profile to date.
Integrated into the case, a neon strap, matching with the bold indices, is made of nylon with a calf leather underside, allowing for a youthful sporty aesthetic as well as impeccable comfort and durability.
The Grand Central Tourbillon Flash is available in Asia in size CX 36 and in three different vivid colourways: blazing orange, neon green and electric blue.