Which Franck Muller Vanguard 7 Days Power Reserve Skeleton Is For You?
With so many variations available, choosing the right one takes thought and time.
Fact: There are 25 versions of the new Franck Muller Vanguard 7 Days Power Reserve Skeleton in the world. Even for the full carbon variant, it comes with red or blue accents. What the Master of Complications—as what it's affectionately known as—is trying to do is to make the ticker appeal to everyone and fit every kind of lifestyle.
Take the one with the rose gold version with a black flange. It's classic-looking, matches corporate wear perfectly and brings one from the boardroom to the bar effortlessly. For those looking for a weekend watch, then the full carbon version with red accents makes for a good option. A fitting polo T-shirt, slim-cut chinos paired with a pair of driving shoes complete the look.
From a technical standpoint, the Franck Muller Vanguard 7 Days Power Reserve Skeleton is an impressive creation. Skeletonisation is not easy. It's one thing to strip superfluous parts and make the remaining components form a beautiful aesthetics. But it's another to remove the excess without affecting the accuracy and precision of the movement. It's one of those horological skills that only the most experienced of marques possess. Clearly, Franck Muller is one of these.
Then, there is the manual-winding Calibre FM1740, which comes endowed with a week's power reserve. A handwound watch always give the wearer the emotional connection as he is required to wind it up for the timepiece to function properly. But a consumer will find it a chore if he has to wind the watch regularly. Which is why a week's lifespan is reasonable — a full wind on Sunday allows the ticker to run smoothly for seven days.
It's evident that the Vanguard 7 Days Power Reserve Skeleton is an impressive horological workhorse. What's tough is making the call — which version suits you better? And to be honest, that's not necessarily a bad problem to have.