The Grand Central Tourbillon By Franck Muller
Genthod’s watchmaking wizard offers a new line with the tourbillon as the star. And the stunning anti-gravity feature in the heart of the dial is visible on this new Franck Muller Grand Central. Without a doubt, this is one of the complexities on which the master has worked the most, and whose value rises on the second-hand market according to the tastes of fine watch collectors. Grand Central by Franck Muller is a tourbillon watch that also arouses passion.
It’s a completely unique item with a brand-new movement. Its enormous tourbillon in the center has prompted the caliber’s entire technical framework to be rethought. In addition, the new Franck Muller Grand Central movement is notable for its unusual indication of hours, minutes, and seconds from the same center. Franck Muller’s thousand new technical solutions and creative concepts are once again highlighted by a revolutionary mechanism surrounding the tourbillon cage. This is the FM CX 40T-CTR caliber, which has a robust four-day power reserve thanks to a bidirectionally rotating eccentric micro-rotor.
The reworking of Franck Muller’s classic “cintrée curvex” casing is another intriguing aspect of Grand Central. The innovative aesthetic solution has allowed the sapphire crystal of the case to be extended to the junction with the bracelet, allowing the dial to be seen more clearly. And, thanks to the combination of materials, such as the gold case with steel bezel, the bezel, which is correctly separated from the dial, acquires a two-tone treatment. A subtle architectural interaction that enhances the visibility of Franck Muller’s signature numerals. A modest, more modern overhaul keeps the haute horlogerie look with a stamped guilloché (20 layers of translucent lacquer) and hand-applied lacquer Arabic numerals.
On the back of this Franck Muller Grand Central, the new caliber is shown, highlighting the Côte de Genève finish. The sunray effect brushing on the rotor and barrel cap, as well as the beveling on bridges and the base of the rotor, are all wonderful touches. Grand Central is 58.70 x 40.16 mm in size and 7.73 mm thick. There are other models with various materials, such as titanium with PVD, steel, and gold, with dials in hues such as blue or anthracite, among others, giving it a very sporty appeal. It is a piece that is waterproof to a depth of 30 meters. The mechanics are once again amazed when Franck Muller Grand Central plays with the tourbillon.
In addition to this appealing and unusual decentering, the designers and watchmakers at Franck Muller had to devise a novel technique for displaying the time in the watch’s core. As a result, they devised a novel technique to position the hour and second hands around the Tourbillon cage, emphasizing the piece’s beauty. The watch features a self-winding movement with a four-day power reserve, which is extremely uncommon for a Franck Muller Tourbillon line.