Franck Muller Sport Chronograph, Stainless Steel

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This rare Sport Limited Edition* is an especially early example of Franck Muller's work. It may have been the first from a series of 50 pieces, indicated by the No. 1 displayed on both the dial and caseback. While Muller's work is more often characterised by his experimental dials and tonneau-shaped cases, this earlier example is undoubtedly inspired by his time restoring pieces from the Patek Philippe Private Collection.


For a long time, watch collecting was firmly divided into two camps. Vintage and modern. One offered elegant aesthetics, characterful patina, and a romantic attachment to a different vision of watchmaking. The other provided reliability, and the excitement of something which was innovative or cutting edge. Often, when people initially get interested in watches, this early fork in the road, is the one they come across first, but which way should they go?

More recently, a third category has gained prominence – neo-vintage. Neither modern, nor vintage, as the name would imply, it gathers elements from both. From the aesthetics, production techniques, materials, and context in which they were produced, watches that belong to this group are the result of mixed influences. They were long discarded by collectors, precisely because they fell between the cracks. To many, they either lacked the charm of older pieces or the excitement of new releases.

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