Franck Muller showed his gift for creativity from a very young age. As a matter of fact, this watchmaking genius has regularly come up with World Premieres since 1986. These watches were high complications that had never been made in the history of watchmaking. Franck was working on these marvels in the old way, making and adjusting each component by hand and by himself, therefore the production was limited to three or four pieces a year. Whether it was a Tourbillon with jumping hours in 1986, a Tourbillon with Minute Repeater in 1987, or an inverted Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar with Minute Repeater in 1989, everyone was amazed by these complications.
Until 1992, the year when the brand and the workshop were founded, these marvels were produced by Franck Muller himself and were registered under the Franck Genève brand. Since 1991, these products have been created under the Franck Muller Genève brand. From the triple axis Tourbillon to the most complicated watch in the world, the Aeternitas Mega, Franck Muller created exceptional timepieces that left his hallmark in the story of Swiss watchmaking forever.
Thus, Franck was keen to experiment and create new concepts in a conservative industry where tradition was valued over change. Consequently, in 2003, Franck Muller introduced a totally innovative approach to the very notion of time. In fact, the Crazy Hours established a new philosophy and proclaimed independence from the established order. This extraordinary model displays numerals in complete disorder while still keeping perfect time thanks to a jumping hour mechanism. This emotional complication quickly became one of the most emblematic timepieces of Franck Muller.
In 2004, after years of development, Franck Muller revolutionized the watchmaking industry by making the very first tri-axial tourbillon in the world.
The Revolution 3 offers an exceptional technical spectacle as well as emotions only to be found at Franck Muller. This 3 axis Tourbillon corrects the forces of gravity in all positions, contrary to a classic one which only compensates when the wristwatch is in a vertical position. This stunning complication is the result of one of the most complex creations in Haute Horlogerie. To this masterpiece, we added a Perpetual Calendar, pushing this complication even further, the result being the Evolution 3.1.
In 2007, after 5 years of research and development, Franck Muller presented a spectacular masterpiece: The Aeternitas Mega. This unique piece is part of the history of fine watchmaking as the most complicated watch in the world. With 36 complications and 1,483 components, the Aeternitas Mega is a wonder of micro-mechanics and watchmaking know-how.
In 2011 Franck Muller created the Giga Tourbillon, the world premiere featuring the biggest tourbillon ever incorporated in a wristwatch. This Tourbillon is absolutely massive. It is twice as big as a regular tourbillon, its cage measuring 20 mm in diameter and filling half of the watch. This unique achievement was bound by many technical difficulties and is once again the testament of the exceptional in-house capabilities of the workshop.
These unique complications required years of development, tests and adjustments. They testify the incredible know-how of the manufacturer, strengthening its name of Master of Complications. In October 2002, Franck Muller was granted the first prize of the Genève Watchmaking Grand Prix. This exclusive prize was the recognition of the watchmaker’s exceptional talent and the immense expertise of the manufacturer.