He for she: The Franck Muller Vanguard Lady
Batting for team women is Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller as they unleash a wave of sophisticated femininity across the sphere of luxury watches. Indeed, even the most seasoned of horophiles won't be able to resist fawning over the sensual transformation of its pioneer collection.
Recognised for unique innovative creations and an aptitude for grand complications — reaffirmed by the maison's resounding slogan of 'Master of Complications' — Franck Muller and their Vanguard series has been a dominant presence in haute horlogerie since its very inception. Heading the industry with exceptional know-how merged with the savoir-faire of anticipating the desires of the fashion savvy watch enthusiasts, the maison captures the finest qualities of both style and horology by crafting a singular collection tailored for the most discerning consumers. And the name of this legendary timepiece? We know it as the Vanguard.
Termed as such to represent Franck Muller's resolute vision and their commitment to tread the paths of the daring and provocative, the Vanguard collection is the tangible essence of the brand's spirit. Boldly visual with its iconic Cintrée Curvex case and oversized Arabic numerals (digits 1, 7, 6 and 11 most notably) edged with clean lines that simultaneously complement and contrast against the rounded dimensions, the Vanguard is modern classism proudly crafted in-house.
Like a gift that keeps giving, this pillar of horology ingenuity has been reimagined several times in the years since its birth in 1992. Its strong masculine codes have been translated into various designs and forged with different materials. Fans will fondly recall limited-edition versions such as the Vanguard Racing timepiece, and the Vanguard Skeleton tourbillon that just earlier debuted in the year with a graphite 2016 interpretation. A specimen whose evolution has been ever prevalent, its progress was leading up to their most radical transformation to date: The Vanguard Lady collection.
Built upon the iconic Vanguard aesthetics, the gregarious identity of this timepiece takes on a new facet in an unmistakably feminine form, breaking down the customary masculine lines for a fresh, dynamic sensuality. Retaining the architecture of the Cintrée Curvex, this Franck Muller muse is distinctly glamorous; flashing her admirers with a sun-stamped dial adorned with coloured appliqué numerals that complement the coordinating leather or rubber bracelets in a myriad of hues. Topped by a coloured winding crown, the Vanguard Lady furthers its femininity with bezels in polished stainless steel, black PVD and 18K rose gold paved in a wealth of glittering cut diamonds.
And for those who've got their eye on specs, the Vanguard Lady is no slouch in this department either. Running on in-house manufactured FM quartz or automatic FM2671 movement with a 40-hour reserve, this feminine powerhouse is contemporary elegance touched with a sporty vibe that wears with the audacious panache of their male counterpart. To quote the most recognisable female icon of our generation: 'Who run the world?' — it's the go-getter girls equipped with their Franck Muller Vanguard Lady.
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