Franck Muller Chronograph, Special Edition, Stainless steel

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This rare Franck Muller Chronograph is one of the earlier pieces created by the watchmaker after he established his own brand in 1991, following his time working as one of the world’s leading watch restorers. Undoubtedly inspired by his time restoring pieces from the Patek Philippe Private Collection, the design of this Chronograph is refined and elegant, reminiscent of classics such as Patek Philippe's reference 130.


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?

In more recent times, 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.