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Franck Muller elevates the art of horology with new Long Island expressions

Franck Muller elevates the art of horology with new Long Island expressions

Since its introduction in 2000, the Long Island has become one of the mainstays of Franck Muller — one that fluently articulates its offbeat aesthetic and technical innovation. More than two decades later, the Swiss watchmaker shows no sign of stagnation and instead gives the Art Deco-inspired horological creation a new lease of life with the latest iterations.

A modern reinterpretation of the Novecento style, the latest creation is a breath of fresh air, which sees the avant-garde watchmaker overturning the ground rules of Long Island — while retaining the originality of its staple that built its international recognition. And, this trailblazing spirit is manifested through three brand new creations.

First up, the Franck Muller Long Island Evolution Master Jumper. A testament to its inventive vision, the masterpiece is endowed with three numerical indications for the time and date functions combined — an unprecedented feat that showcases Franck Muller’s formidable capabilities in turning ordinary creations into extraordinary gems. The bravura is also cleverly displayed with the use of an inner sapphire crystal, which allows the Swiss watchmaker to incorporate apertures’ frames and text elements.

Equally head-turning is the Franck Muller Long Island Evolution Giga Tourbillon. With green anodised aluminium bezel standing out in sharp relief against the black PVD treated-titanium case, the large tourbillon cage of the Long Island Evolution Giga Tourbillon occupies over half of the entire movement, with a three-pointed supporting bridge that is closely mirrored in the bridges of the barrels that hold four mainsprings in total — furnishing it a generous four-day power reserve.

Completing the impressive offerings is the Long Island Evolution 7 Days Power Reserve. An ode to classic pocket watch movement, the Long Island Evolution 7 Days Power Reserve is a coup powered by its hand-wound FM 1745 calibre, which offers it a compelling power reserve — a total of seven days — with a precise oscillator running at a steady 18,000vph. Decorated with luminous Arabic hour numerals, the powerful looker boasts a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, set off by a gigantic mainspring.