Franck Muller watches rarely go unnoticed. The eye-catching and curved shape of the case of the suitcase for which the brand is known requires attention, regardless of your feelings towards it. I've always seen fake watches Franck Muller Franck Muller as a brand that fills a particular niche. It is, at least in my mind, the most lucid and classically influential precious metal counterpart of Richard Mille's high-tech futurism. These are watches for those who want to talk about their watches. And if you want to be sure of starting the conversation, what better way to do it than to color the watch in bright green or bright yellow. This is exactly the tactic explored by the Franck Muller Vanguard Racing V 45 SC DT watches that we are analyzing in this article.
It's been a long time since we reviewed Vanguard by date / time only, with the latest model (the Frank Muller Vanguard Glacier watch) that appeared on aBlogtoWatch in 2016. What has changed with the collection since then? Well, the Glacier, although it looks very similar to these new models, is not part of the Collection. What defines the Racing Collection as distinct from previous Vanguard iterations may not be immediately clear, since the eye is inevitably drawn to the quadrant before the case. It is however in the outline of the latter that the difference can be found. The colored and flared sides not only give this case a much more aggressive advantage than the normal Vanguard, but also bind the entire color. Furthermore, these colorful glows continue the vibrant sportiness of the interior outside the case.
The addition of a brightly colored crown guard is, in my opinion, an excellent step. I always found the standard silhouette of Franck Muller (which evolved from the Cintree Curvex models for which the brand is best known) to be a bit too feminine for my taste, even considering the rather huge fake watches dimensions held by some of the models latest . The new, updated jagged exterior of the Vanguard Racing Collection is a huge improvement in my book.
The case is available in two materials: the stainless steel cases illustrated in this article or an 18-carat pink gold housing, also with two dial variants. The sizes of both are the same. The width of the case is 44 mm, its length from lug-to-lug is 53.7 mm and is 12.7 mm from the wrist. Not surprisingly for a watch of this unusual shape and profile, the water resistance is only 30 meters. As predictable as it may be, and while it is unlikely that anyone could wear a Vanguard racing watch during intense physical activity, it always upsets me a little when sports watches offer poor protection from humidity.
For such a contemporary design, Vanguard's DNA is decidedly Art Deco. I would say that the classic look of Franck Muller that distinguishes the brand from his colleagues is the Art Deco design, what Steampunk is for the Wild West. It seems to have frozen the aesthetic taste over time, while the science and technology of materials have accelerated rapidly around it.