In traditional watchmaking, there are complications like minute repeaters and perpetual calendars, and then there are the innovative complications that give you a different perspective on how time should be told. The Franck Muller Crazy Hours decidedly belongs to the second category.
Introduced in 2002, the Crazy Hours delighted watch connoisseurs because it was a watch that rewrote the rules of timekeeping. With it, time did not follow a linear order, but rather, was told in a randomised fashion. The familiar Art Deco style numerals are all jumbled up and the hour hand does not travel smoothly in a circular direction. Instead, it flits about the dial sometimes pointing in one direction and then another. But naturally there is an order amid the chaos, and only the wearer of the watch (and of course Franck Muller himself) knows the secret of the Crazy Hours.
The idea is to look at what the watch is telling you, not what everybody else is. Your time is yours—who says there is only one way of reading it? The exhilarating concept of the Crazy Hours has been interpreted in countless renditions from the Cintree Curvex to the Long Island, from classic white or black on gold to vibrant Colour Dreams and red enamel.
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