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The New $520,000 Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton

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The new Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton features a triple-axis tourbillon movement for the first time in the brand’s popular Vanguard case.
Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch
The new Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch. Credit: Franck Muller

For fans of Franck Muller’s triple-axis tourbillon movement and the Vanguard watch shape – this is for you. For the first time, the Swiss watchmaker has revealed the Revolution 3 triple-axis tourbillon movement in its popular Vanguard case.

Founded in 1991 by master watchmaker Franck Muller and a watchmaking specialist and entrepreneur Vartan Simarkes, the House of Franck Muller is known for its highly technical complications and innovations, produced in-house at Genthod, Geneva.

One particular innovation is the “Triple Axis Tourbillon” first created in 2004 which was the world’s first tri-axial tourbillon, designed to correct the forces of gravity in all positions (contrary to a classic one which only compensates when the wristwatch is in a vertical position ie, Franck Muller Revolution 1, or the double-axis tourbillon in Revolution 2).

Previously Franck Muller has debuted the triple-axis tourbillon in the iconic Cintrée Curvex case, easily identifiable by its perfectly curved tonneau body and known as the Cintrée Curvex Revolution 3 model.

For the first time, the triple-axis tourbillon “Revolution 3” has now been released in Franck Muller’s more sporty looking Vanguard case, designed to cleverly integrate the strap inside the case to retain the smooth curves of the watch.

Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch Front View
Featuring a titanium case with Alcantara® strap. Credit: Franck Muller

Featuring an eye-catching skeleton movement, the Vanguard Revolution 3’s large sapphire dome case allows viewers to see the inner-workings and watch as the triple-axis tourbillon works effortlessly to correct the force of gravity in all positions.

Dominating the lower half of the movement, the triple-axis tourbillon slowly turns through the one-hour, eight-minute, and 60-second cycles of its respective three carriages.

Power flows from the gear train through all three carriages to activate the balance wheel five times each second. As the Revolution 3 has three carriages, the gear train has significant resistance to overcome. To provide an abundance of energy to drive this triple-axis tourbillon, the movement has a massive ten days of power reserve.

There are also two retrograde indications at 4 and 8 o’clock for the progression of the eight-minute carriage and the 60-second carriage.

The Vanguard case itself is made of grade-2 titanium and has been treated with black PVD coating. In contrast, the bright red strap features Alcantara® (a material popular with supercar interiors like those of Lamborghini), which effortlessly takes the shape of the wrist and complements the red detailing on the movement and the Vanguard case.

Price for the Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch is CHF 480,000 excluding taxes (approx US$520,000) with first deliveries scheduled from September 2020.

Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Watch Trio

Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton Technical Specifications

Watch Reference
  • V 50 REV 3 SQT NR BR (ER)
Case
  • Vanguard case
  • Grade-2 titanium with back PVD treatment
  • Hand Brushed
  • Red inserts on both sides of the case
  • Width: 46 mm x Length: 55.9 mm x Thickness: 13.7 mm
  • Sapphire crystal with two domes on the front and back
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters
Functions
  • Hours, Minutes, Triple Axis Tourbillon, Power reserve at 12 o’clock, Carriages progression indicators at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock
Instructions
  • Winding shaft with 2 positions: 1.Winding. 2.Time setting
Movement
  • Manual winding movement
  • Power reserve of 10 days
  • 359 components
  • 36 rubies
  • Width: 34.30 mm. Length: 40.30 mm. Thickness: 9.65 mm
  • Balance wheel frequency set at 18,000 alternations per hour
  • Rotation of the first cage in 1 minute
  • Rotation of the second cage in 8 minutes
  • Rotation of the third cage in 1 hour
  • Skeleton Movement
Movement Decoration
  • Microbillage and hand chamfering on the main plate and the tourbillon cage
  • Circular graining on the wheels
  • Red anodization of the tourbillon cage and indicators
Strap & Buckle
  • Hand sewn red Alcantara® strap
  • Grade-2 titanium folding buckle
  • Hand brushed
Price
  • CHF 480,000 excluding taxes

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Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021 Physical Event Canceled Due to COVID-19

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Watches & Wonders Geneva have announced the 2021 physical event will be canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but will still host an online digital event April 7-13, 2021.
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Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021 will be a digital-only event once again. Credit: W&W

For the second time this year, event organizers of the newly launched Watches & Wonders show have contended with the ramifications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have now announced the cancellation of the Watches & Wonders 2021 event in Geneva, Switzerland.

The inaugural Watches & Wonders Geneva was originally set to launch in April this year but was rescheduled to 2021 as travel, and governmental restrictions made it unfeasible to continue with plans for a live event. As an alternative, Watches & Wonders organizers Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie pivoted to a digital event and instead hosted the online launches for the participating watch houses.

Hopeful the pandemic would have eased, and participants could soon travel and gather again, Watches & Wonders was rescheduled to 2021. Unfortunately, organizers have now announced the 2021 event has also befallen the same fate and will now be a digital-only event.

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Watches & Wonders promises to return bigger than ever in 2022. Credit: W&W

“In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Exhibitor Committee has decided to cancel the physical Salon that would have been held at Palexpo from April 7 to 13, 2021. The decision, taken in close consultation with the principal stakeholders, is seen as the most responsible course of action, given the current health crisis and uncertainties as to how the situation may evolve.”

While the 2021 digital event will still offer plenty of new releases from watch brands and a range of interactive activities for media, retailers, and exhibiting brand’s clients, Watches & Wonders organizers have promised the 2022 edition will be the largest watch event ever held in Geneva and are looking forward to welcoming everyone in person.

The newly-formed “HourUniverse” by the same organizers of the collapsed BaselWorld was also scheduled to be held in Geneva simultaneously with Watches & Wonders, so it remains to be seen how this impacts their decision on holding a live event in 2021.

Participating Watch Brands for Watches & Wonders 2021 Digital Event

A. LANGE & SÖHNE
ARMIN STROM
ARNOLD & SON
BAUME & MERCIER
BOVET
CARTIER
CHANEL
CHOPARD
FABERGÉ
FERDINAND BERTHOUD
GIRARD-PERREGAUX
GRÖNEFELD
H. MOSER & CIE.
HERMES
HYT
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN
JAEGER-LECOULTRE
LAURENT FERRIER
MB&F
MONTBLANC
PANERAI
PARMIGIANI
PATEK PHILIPPE
PIAGET
PURNELL
REBELLION TIMEPIECES
RESSENCE
ROLEX
ROGER DUBUIS
RUDIS SYLVA
SPEAKE-MARIN
TUDOR
ULYSSE NARDIN
VACHERON CONSTANTIN

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MB&F FrogX Reimagines 10th Anniversary of HM3 Frog Watch

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Initially launched in 2010, the new MB&F FrogX watch celebrates the 10th anniversary of the brand’s most popular model.
MB&F HM3 FrogX 10th Anniversary Limited Edition. Credit: MB&F
MB&F HM3 FrogX 10th Anniversary Limited Edition. Credit: MB&F

Ten years ago, MB&F introduced the amphibious inspired HM3 Frog in all its bug-eyed glory. It was one of the brand’s best sellers throughout its five-year run. Featuring two large “eyes” that rotated to display the hours and minutes and a broad grinning “smile,” MB&F’s Frog pushed the boundaries of design and looked ready to jump at a moment.

The turquoise edition with white alligator strap. Credit: MB&F
The turquoise edition with white alligator strap. Credit: MB&F

Now to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its creation, MB&F has created a special limited edition FrogX in three different colors with a new sapphire crystal case and a “secret that appears only under the right light”.

The amphibious "horological machine" in Purple. Credit: MB&F
The amphibious “horological machine” in Purple. Credit: MB&F

Like the previous Frog edition, two paper-thin domes milled out of light-weight black anodized aluminum indicate the hours and minutes and are housed under two sapphire crystal domes. What is different with the new FrogX model is that the entire case has now been crafted out of sapphire crystal (instead of only the domes combined with a metal case).

MB&F Frog X Purple 10th Anniversary Front Back
The FrogX case is made entirely out of sapphire crystal. Credit: MB&F

On both editions of the Frog, the curvature of the domed “eyes” has to be exactly right and the thickness of the crystal strictly controlled throughout so as not to distort the time display. With the new FrogX, however, the two sapphire domes are fused to the sapphire crystal upper case body, creating an additional level of difficulty.

MB&F Frog X Turquoise 10th Anniversary Front Back

Machining and polishing each case of HM3 FrogX requires weeks of intensive and meticulous work, a time-frame that would be significantly multiplied if not for MB&F’s experience in sapphire crystal design dating back to 2005.

Incorporating the distinctive HM3 engine built by watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, the FrogX still offers the wearer an uninterrupted view of the 22K gold and titanium winding rotor and the oscillations of the balance wheel but has forgone the date display to ensure the MegaWind rotor and domes are given enough real-estate on the dial.

Black line markers indicate the correct hour and minutes. Credit: MB&F
Black line markers indicate the correct hour and minutes. Credit: MB&F

To make it easier to read the time at night, the dome numbers are coated with Super-Luminova and appear like two glowing eyes of a wild tree frog peering out of the darkness in the Amazon.

MB&F Frog X Purple 10th Anniversary Night
Super-LumiNova coated numbers to assist with telling the time at night. Credit: MB&F

Another unique attribute of the FrogX is the secret MB&F battle-axe “signal” that appears at just the right angle thanks to some clever light-sculpting techniques by Swiss company Rayform.

MB&F Frog X 10th Anniversary Blue Lifestyle
The secret battle-axe signal that appears at the right angle. Credit: MB&F

Using the FrogX’s crown (usually engraved with MB&F’s iconic battle-axe insignia), the smoothly polished crown has instead been sculpted at microscopic levels that allow light to be reflected in a highly specific way. By micro-forming a metal surface at levels nearly imperceptible to the human eye, Rayform’s technology allows direct incident light beams to be reflected in the battle-axe shape that can be viewed on any relatively uniform surface.

If you look closely you can see the battle-axe signal underneath. Credit: MB&F
If you look closely you can see the battle-axe signal underneath. Credit: MB&F

Limited to 10 pieces of each of the three versions (blue, purple or turquoise), the HM3 FrogX 10th anniversary limited editions are priced at CHF 138,000 each (approx USD$150,000) and available through retailers and MB&F directly.

MB&F Frog X 10th Anniversary Trio

MB&F HM3 FrogX Details

Variants

  • Sapphire Crystal case with blue dial plate
  • Sapphire Crystal case with purple dial plate
  • Sapphire Crystal case with turquoise dial plate

Engine

  • 3D Horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/ Agenhor on Girard-Perregaux GP03300 base
  • Power reserve: 48 hours
  • Balance frequency: 4Hz / 28,800 bph
  • Number of components: 277
  • Number of jewels: 36

Functions / Indications

  • Hours on one dome and minutes on second dome
  • “Secret message” crown that reflects light rays to project MB&F battle-axe icon

Case

  • Material: Sapphire Crystal
  • Dimensions: 48.3 mm x 52.7 mm x 17.5 mm
  • Number of components: 70
  • Water resistance: 90ft / 30m / 3 ATM

Strap & Buckle

  • Hand-stitched alligator strap with titanium folding buckle

Price

  • MB&F HM3 FrogX Price: CHF 149,000 + VAT / USD$152,000 + tax / EUR 138,000 + tax

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Aston Martin x Architect David Adjaye Create 5 Luxury NYC Homes With Own Bespoke DBX

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Aston Martin and architect Sir David Adjaye have joined forces to create a limited-edition collection of five luxury homes in 130 William, New York City. Each residence will come with a special edition Aston Martin DBX SUV designed by Sir David Adjaye.
Aston Martin Residences will be on level 59 & 60 of 130 William, Lower Manhattan. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Residences will be on level 59 & 60 of 130 William, Lower Manhattan. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

This week luxury British automaker Aston Martin revealed they are teaming up with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye to collaborate on a collection of 5 luxury residences at 130 William, New York City.

While undoubtedly luxurious, the Aston Martin Residences at 130 William also come with a few extras for the auto-enthusiast, including a limited edition Aston Martin DBX SUV designed by Sir David Adjaye and the option to add a racing simulator room fit for a budding race driver.

Owners can choose to include a racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Owners can choose to include a racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Following on from their success with the Aston Martin Residences in Miami, the 130 William project marks the brand’s second real estate project, although it will be their first foray into the New York City real estate market. It also marks Sir David Adjaye’s first New York high-rise project.

130 William is Sir David Adjaye's first New York City based project. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William is Sir David Adjaye’s first New York City based project. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

“This is a fascinating project for the Aston Martin design team to work on and a great opportunity to collaborate with Sir David. It is our first real estate project in New York City but our second collaboration in real estate design after the Aston Martin Residences in Miami.” Says Marek Rechiman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer. “We can apply what we have learnt in Miami and also bring our unique automotive design skills to these beautiful luxury homes.”

Owners can choose to have an office space instead of the racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Owners can choose to have a library instead of the racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin Residences at 130 William New York City

Designed by British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, 130 William comprises 242 residences across 66 stories. Inspiration for both the exterior and interior design comes from New York’s historic masonry architecture, which has been translated into custom hand-cast façades with refined bronze detailing, and a contemporary interpretation of the stonework that characterized classic Manhattan architecture.

Aston Martin Residence's bedroom with a view of the city. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Residence’s bedroom with a view of the city. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Located on the 59th and 60th levels of 130 William, the five Aston Martin Residences have been exclusively designed through the collaboration of Sir David Adjaye and the Aston Martin design team and will be furnished and decorated with materials, textiles, and furniture sourced from the Aston Martin Home collection by Italian based Formitalia.

Each home features a private, expansive outdoor balcony spanning the entire length of residence and uses hand-cast building façade to offer privacy, with bespoke screens also dividing the terraces into a series of distinct zones for dining and relaxing.

Outdoor living spaces with day bed at 130 William. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Outdoor living spaces with day bed at 130 William. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Stepping out of the elevator, residences are greeted by Aston Martin’s signature crosshatch pattern elegantly displayed in a bronze finish across the hallway. Beneath the bronze detailing is wallpaper designed by Adjaye Associates, while a bespoke smoked glass mirror created by Aston Martin Design reflects the skyline view.

Dark tones with bronze finishings when stepping out of the elevator. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Dark tones with bronze finishings when stepping out of the elevator. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Within each home, residents are presented with a grand living and dining room, featuring furnishings, textiles, and fittings curated by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Sir David Adjaye.

Opening out onto the outdoor living areas, the living room offers city-wide views, clean lines, and sleek furnishings from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia, with every piece made in Italy. The sofas and armchairs combine elements of leather, metal, and fabric, as well as beautiful detailing, to evoke the richly crafted and tactile qualities of Aston Martin’s automotive interiors.

Furnished with pieces from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Furnished with pieces from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Located adjacent to the Dining Room is an open plan kitchen which features custom textured blackened oak Italian cabinetry, state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances, marble countertops hand-selected from the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy, and a cantilevered Nero Marquina marble top, which provides additional bar seating.

The master bedroom offers crisp, clean lines and beautiful detailing, combined with warm, inviting materials to ensure it is a private sanctuary. The bedroom features an expansive bed with custom cashmere headboard cushions and slender metal detailing, alongside bedside tables and side tables by Formitalia. It also includes spacious walk-in closets, wall-mounted lighting by Boffi, a Flos light track system, and a lounge chair by Hans Wegner.

130 William Master Bedroom designed by Sir David Adjaye. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William Master Bedroom designed by Sir David Adjaye. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

In terms of customization, new owners will have the option of turning one of the rooms (in the two and three-bedroom homes) into a racing simulator room, home office, library space, or another bedroom.

The simulator room is the perfect choice for true auto enthusiasts with Aston Martin Design collaborating with Curv Racing Simulators, a new British technology company founded by Darren Turner (three-time class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Aston Martin and an industry-leading expert in racing simulation technology) to create the ultimate in luxury home racing simulators.

Alternatively, one of the rooms could be turned into a private office and library space designed for working and relaxing. A custom-designed desk is paired with a classic Eames chair, and the room also features a lounge chair by Swoon and stool by Space Copenhagen. The office provides generous storage and display spaces, including black wood shelves and cabinets with smoked glass placed alongside textured Salvatori marble walls.

Optional office/study area for the customizable room selection. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Optional office/study area for the customizable room selection. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Bathrooms include textured Italian Salvatori marble throughout. In the master bathroom, a Salvatori solid carved marble soaking tub and carved marble double vanity sinks are paired with a spacious walk-in shower and private water closet. Secondary bathrooms incorporate Grigio Versilia marble, and Bianco Carrera marble with powder rooms in a bamboo textured Grigia Versilia marble.

130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX

As part of the collaboration, Sir David Adjaye has also designed the “130 William Adjay Special Edition Aston Martin DBX” that will be included in the sale of each of the five limited-edition residences.

130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX SUV. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX SUV. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

The 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX marks the first time that Aston Martin has collaborated with an architect on one of their signature vehicles’ custom fit-out. Taking inspiration from the materials, textures, and atmosphere of 130 William, Adjaye worked with Aston Martin to create a unique DBX design with highly crafted interiors and custom paintwork that reflected the building’s architecture.

The DBX Special Edition also marks the debut of real stone accents, with Grey “Pietra D’Avola” marble inlays matched with Satin Walnut wood.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Front
130 William Adjaye Special Edition features “Parliament Green” leather interior. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin’s traditional hand-stitched leather includes Parliament Green trim and steering wheel from Aston Martin’s in-house customization service, “Q by Aston Martin,” matching the walls of the simulator room option, and deep, multi-layered paintwork in a Q by Aston Martin bespoke color inspired by 130 William’s exterior, complete with subtle hints of green.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Rear
Sir David Adjaye worked with “Q by Aston Martin” to create the limited editon. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

The interior includes carved solid walnut trim, with Q by Aston Martin Parliament Green leatherwork and details in bronze, black anodized aluminum, and real stone.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Boot
Real stone accents and solid walnut timber trims throughout. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Corcoran Group is exclusively handling sales of the Aston Martin Residences at 130 William priced at $11,500,000 for PH60A (penthouse), $10,500,000 for PH60B (penthouse), and $3,985,000 for L59A, $5,985,000 for L59B and $10,000,000 for L59C.

Each residence will include a 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX.

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