Today, I’d like to talk about a watch that you all know, but probably don’t know much about: the Franck Muller yacht.
Franck Muller, in previous years, has been known as “replica Franck Muller watches“, in folk simply shortened to “Muller”. Later, Franck Muller officially changed its Chinese name to “Famulan”. The reason why I say we all know each other, but may not go deeper, is because the Famulan has a large circulation in domestic folklore, you players have all seen. But there are very few media to introduce the details of the watch and the specifics, even the information on the official website of Franck Muller, so I would like to say a few words.
How did Famulan become popular?
When I was first introduced to watches, about 10 years ago, Famulan was very famous at the time. It was because of the Grand Complication that Famulan became famous. The Mega Series Grand Complication, a watch movement with 1,483 parts and 36 functions, was one of the most complicated watches in the watch world at that time. In addition, Famulan was also famous for its crazy time and oversized tourbillon. In addition, Famulan revived the tonneau-shaped case that was popular in the 1920s, making the regular three-hand models highly recognizable and instantly popular in the watchmaking world. It was worn by many of the most famous and wealthy people of the time, giving it the nickname “the battering ram of high society” (a reference to the social environment of the time).
A few years ago, Famulan had a store in China World Trade Phase 3, I also went there to try on watches, but it was closed down and replaced by another jewelry store. Now there is no Famulan store in Beijing, but there is in Shanghai. The good news is that Famulan has a relatively large circulation in China and there is no difficulty in buying a watch. At the same time, I also want to say that Famulan in circulation in the country a lot of models, like the yacht, Long Island, alligator are common models. There is also a large number of post-diamond modified watches. Among them, the V45 Yacht is a very beautiful and popular watch of Famulan.
Not only Rolex, many watch brands have “yacht” series, Famulan also have “yacht”, the domestic general called V45 yacht.V45 yacht, in fact, is one of the Famulan Vanguard series, is Famulan’s “Sport watch”. Famulan has been using the iconic huge tonneau-shaped case since 1991 (Famulan also has round and square watches). In the 1920s, these tonneau-shaped cases used to be very popular, as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin had similar watches. Famulan was the first modern watchmaker to make the tonneau shape a hit (followed, of course, by Richard Mille, etc.).
A major feature of the Famulan tonneau type is the huge curved case, case and mirror. Because it’s a sports watch, a crown guard bridge extends over the side of the case. The case has no lugs, and the head and strap are integrated into one piece. The case is a sandwich construction, with the strap clamped in the center. The Famulan Yacht is a steel case, measuring 44 mm and 12.8 mm thick, but the actual size is very large, the watch has a length of 53.7 mm, it is a very large watch, people with small hands can easily hold it, for people with large hands. Plus, the case is fully polished, the hand is very conspicuous.
Another feature of the Famulan watch is the runaway dial design. The large numerals flare outwards, and the hour markers come with luminescence, which is not only sharp, but also huge in size. The V45 Yacht has a more intricate dial decoration than the other watches in the Vanguard collection. The watch face is decorated with a compass on the inner ring and in the center. The outer compass is blue and the central compass is white, with huge white numerals, it has a strong contrast and is very cool. The outer rim of the dial is also decorated with numbers for the Earth’s longitude and latitude in the southeast and northwest, and the calendar window is located at the 6 o’clock position on the dial. The whole dial is very luxurious. The whole dial is very luxurious, which confirms the phrase “luxury on the surface of the water is more luxurious than under the surface of the water” (referring to the yacht-themed watches, which are more luxurious than diving watches, such as the difference between a Rolex steel-cased yacht and a steel-cased water ghost).
The movement of a Famulan watch is always rarely mentioned. With the exception of complicated watches, tourbillons, etc., Famulan mainly uses universal movements. The big three hands in the Famulan Vanguard series use the FM2800 movement, the Famulan reworked ETA 2892 movement. It has an oscillation frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power of 42 hours. Famulan’s regular collection (other than complicated watches) has always been about design, plus the watches are opaque, but according to the information, Famulan has also done a good job of refinishing the movement, even though it is a general-purpose movement. There are Côtes de Genève, pearl-grained decoration, the bridges are beveled, while the screws that can be seen have been blued, including the automatic gyroscope. The level of movement decoration is still relatively high (although 2892 was used). Also Famulan uses the soprod A10 movement (also a universal movement) on some watches.
When it comes to Famulan, you can’t avoid the “back diamond”. To be honest, because a Faimulan watch is so well suited to diamonds, the huge case, dial, hour markers and diamonds are quite “trench”. The original diamond-set model, needless to say, the public price of more than 300,000 to 600,000 (depending on the number of diamonds), is too high. So many people just buy a steel case model and take it to set their own diamonds. To make a joke, Famulan circulated in the country “after diamond” watches, more than not set diamonds. As for the folk “back diamond”, the quality of the “back diamond” has its highs and lows. I can’t say it’s not good. A southern brother, I made a “diamond” Famulan, “diamond” also spent a lot of money, from the case to the dial, do the starry sky, the final effect is very good. I said it was a nightclub essential, wearing the most beautiful boy. It’s up to the individual to choose, I just remind you, for their own unfamiliar with the “diamond” watch, before starting, to do a good job testing.
Famulan is a watch that started out as a complicated watch, and today, there are still complicated watches like the Crazy Time and the Oversized Tourbillon that are unique to Famulan. But because cool models like the V45 Yacht, Long Island, and the Big Alligator are so eye-catching, many people overlook the fact that Famulan is actually a brand that makes complicated watches as well.
The public price of the steel-cased V45 Yacht of Famulan is 79,000, and like some of the carbon fiber ones in the Vanguard series, the public price will be a little higher. This metric price is relatively high among the steel case big three needles of mainstream watches. But taking into account the domestic circulation of Famulan quantity is more, under the discount, exchange rate, secondary market and other factors, the actual price is also possible (depending on the individual situation). The Famulan is one of the most personalized watches on the market. Veteran players, especially the mainstream brands have played once, Famulan can try.