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Vanguard Rose Skeleton by Franck Muller combines natural beauty and technology

A rose in any other form would be valuable for the meaning that its many petals envelop. The queen of flowers is in the spotlight in Franck Muller’s Vanguard Rose Skeleton, which combines natural beauty and technological prowess.

The timepiece makes femininity run between the wrist and the heart in a creation that combines functionality and design. Roses aren’t just ornamental; carved into the bridges and the mainplate, they connect the mechanical movements, proof that aesthetics and purpose can go hand in hand.

Retaining the iconic tonneau case and signature Cintrée Curvex shape, the Swiss manufacture’s most significant silhouette, the new Vanguard Rose Skeleton breaks the mold of quartz movements encased in thin, diamond-plastered cases that make up women’s watches.

Franck Muller affirms its identity by combining the beautiful flowers – in different shades for its Color Dreams model – with a complex movement and at the same time makes a new statement on the empowerment of women.

On the openworked dial, roses and leaves seem to spring naturally from the skeletonized bridges on the front and back of this watch. Contemplate them from the front or from the back, and you will be fascinated by the operation of the multiple complications and parts of the caliber, produced in-house, manually wound and equipped with a four-day power reserve.

Each enamel rose is hand painted by a skilled artisan, giving it the illusion of floating above the technical movement, which is enhanced with a satin finish, circular graining and hand bevelling .

The curved back and hand-stitched supple alligator strap, available in colors matching the patterns, ensure fit and comfort. A folding clasp, hand-polished dial and diamonds surrounding the case, with colored inserts on both sides, complete the elegance factor.

The Vanguard Rose Skeleton is available in two precious metal options (18k rose gold or white gold), with flower arrangements in different colors. It is waterproof up to 30m.

Franck Muller was founded in 1992 by its namesake master watchmaker founder and watchmaking specialist and entrepreneur Vartan Sirmake. Over the past three decades, the brand has made a name for itself with exclusive innovations and complications produced in-house in Genthod, Geneva, which dazzle and indicate the progress of fine watchmaking.

This article was first published on January 10, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.