Franck Muller’s watch is rarely unknown. No matter how you feel about the brand, the striking, curvy shape of the tonneau case needs attention. I’ve always thought of Franck Muller as a brand that fills a specific niche. It is, at least in my view, a more lustrous, classically influenced precious metal that corresponds to Richard Mille’s high-tech futurism. These watches are for people who want to talk about their cheap replica watches. If you want to make sure your conversation starts, what is the better way to paint your watch bright green or bright yellow? This is exactly the strategy explored by frank muller’s pioneering racing v45 SC DT watch, which we will examine for ourselves in this article.
What defines the Racing Collection as outstanding from previous Vanguard iterations may not be clear enough, given that the eye is unavoidably drawn to the dial before the case. It is, however, in the latter’s silhouette that the difference can be found. The colored and flared flanks not only give this case a far more aggressive edge than the normal Vanguard, but they also tie the whole color design together. In addition, these colored flashes continue the vibrant sportiness of the interior on the outside of the case.
As far as I am concerned, the addition of a brightly colored crown guard is an excellent step. I have always found the standard Franck Muller silhouette to be bit too feminine for my tastes, even given the rather enormous sizes stretched to by some of the more recent models. The new, updated jaggedness of the Vanguard Racing Collection’s exterior is a huge improvement, in my book.
The case is available in two materials: the stainless steel cases pictured in this article or an 18k rose gold housing, which also comes with two dial variations. The dimensions of both are the same. The bold, form-fitting Arabic numerals are applied to the dial to add depth. Beautifully machined, with sharp, clean edges to die for, these numerals are a big part of this design
The Franck Muller Vanguard Racing collection is powered by caliber FM 2800-DT. It is a self-winding mechanical movement with a diameter of 25. 60 mm, and a thickness of 3. 6 mm. In addition to that fine flourish, the movement boasts some different styles of finishing, including Geneva waves, circular graining, diamond polishing, sunray brushing, and 45-degree polishing, as well as heat-blued polished screws.
While the white-dial version with black accents is a very cool watch, neither of the valuable metal variants feel quite as comfortable in their skin as the two steel models. I think this is because of the steel’s suitability for sports replica watches and the stylistic incongruity created by pairing a luxurious metal like 18k rose gold with such a vibrant, edgy design.