In the character watch revival currently sweeping the luxury watch industry, Snoopy and the rest of the cast of the beloved ‘Peanuts’ series have become major players in the genre. Whether due to cultural cache or ease of licensing, the world’s most famous cartoon beagle has made appearances with brands spanning almost every segment of the market, and for its latest release , Franck Muller became the last brand to present the character. Developed in partnership with renowned watch customizer Bamford Watch Department, this new model combines the brand’s signature Crazy Hours complication with the blackened Bamford aesthetic and a handful of unique visual surprises. The new limited edition Franck Muller x Bamford Watch Department Crazy Hours CintrÃ©e Curvex is one of the craziest entries in the current collection of character watch models, combining an aggressive color palette with a playful design concept for a truly look. unique.
The 39.6 mm case of the Franck Muller x Bamford Watch Department Crazy Hours CintrÃ©e Curvex takes on Franck Muller’s traditional tonneau shape, with a decidedly modern touch. The overall shape is elegantly simple, with a single unbroken flowing curve running from the tip of the terminal to the tip of the terminal and a smoothly rounded case side profile. The fully brushed finish is basic as well, but the addition of a classic Bamford matte black coating gives the design a noticeably more serious character in the pictures. It’s far from a sporty design, but even by dress watch standards, the 30-meter water resistance rating is disappointing.
Naturally, the most eye-catching element of the Franck Muller x Bamford Watch Department Crazy Hours CintrÃ©e Curvex dial is the hand-painted rendering of Snoopy in profile at its center. Where so many character watch designs aim for a dynamic pose with their central figures, Franck Muller here uses a cleaner and almost formalized representation, allowing the rest of the dial design to radiate outward from the painting in the images. initials. The series of hand-painted concentric black contours firmly reinforce this effect, and in low light these raised lines reveal the design’s biggest surprise as the Super-LumiNova paint illuminates almost the entire dial. In contrast, the characteristic distorted Arabic numerals of the Crazy Hours series are painted in a simple, non-luminous medium gray, preserving the monochrome look and lending this wildly cartoonish design a more aggressive character in the images. Eagle-eyed observers may also notice that these numbers are out of sequence, revealing the other major visual surprise of this model. Like other iterations of the Crazy Hours series, this new design is a unique interpretation of the Jumping Hours complication. Rather than smoothly shifting from hour to hour over the course of 60 minutes, Snoopy’s shorter arm stays still before moving to the next digit at the top of the hour. Where this really differs from the traditional concept of the time of jump is the distance of the jump. Due to the random arrangement of the hour digits around the edge of the dial, the hour hand oscillates a lot on the dial to make a 150-degree jump from 11 o’clock to 12 o’clock, for example. The minute hand operates normally, but this unique arrangement makes readability at a glance almost impossible. This is a design that not only invites but demands a second look, as the wearer will likely be doing more than a few double takes when trying to discern the current time. Franck Muller draws more attention to these unique hour numerals with a pair of depictions of Woodstock, Snoopy’s bird friend, perched at the 9 and 10 o’clock positions. This stunning black and white animated dial design is likely to turn out to be a proposition of love or hate for devotees, but brings an interesting graphic and nuanced bent to the archetypal character watch.
Inside the Franck Muller x Bamford Crazy Hours CintrÃ©e Curvex watch department beats the MVD FM 2800-CHR automatic jumping hour movement. Besides the unique Crazy Hours complication, the MVD FM 2800-CHR offers solid but unspectacular performance, with a 42-hour power reserve at a rate of 28,800 bph. Franck Muller finishes off the black on black look with a simple matching black woven fabric strap.
While its chaotic complication and darkened lively aesthetic may not suit every taste, the limited edition Franck Muller x Bamford Watch Department Crazy Hours CintrÃ©e Curvex offers one of the most unique and striking entries of the current wave of luxury watch designs. Only 25 copies of the Franck Muller x Bamford Watch Department Crazy Hours CintrÃ©e Curvex will be manufactured, and the watch is available now from authorized dealers at an MSRP of Â£ 28,000. For more details, please visit The Bamford site.