BaselWorld 2018 Preview: Franck Dubarry - The New Crazy Wheel Collection

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    BaselWorld 2018 Preview: Franck Dubarry - The New Crazy Wheel Collection


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    March 2017: To coincide with the international trade fair in Basel, Franck Dubarry presents his new Crazy Wheel collection that continues to shake up the codes of this traditional industry by offering a brand new hours and minutes display.

    Visionary design and technical refinement remain the hallmarks of Franck Dubarry watches and the different collections literally explode into life thanks to the creative genius of the brand’s founder.


    When you look at a watch, what you usually want to see first is the time, and it is this insight that lies behind the creative process. The Crazy Wheel collection boasts a style dedicated to telling the time and its name pays tribute to the built-in sub counter that revolves around the dial. The hours are displayed on a counter that remains attached to the minute hand. The display is carried out by a bridge that rotates through 360 degrees around the minute markers. This automatic movement is showcased by the iconic faceted case, an element that makes the brand immediately recognizable. For the special Maori version, the case is engraved with tattoos emblematic of Maori culture. The crown has been ergonomically designed for ease of handling.

    In order to guarantee the quality of these watches, Franck Dubarry has used the most innovative technological materials, such as carbon, Kevlar and grade 5 titanium. The controlled balance of this combination gives the watch an unmistakably technical look. This aspect is further enhanced by a multitude of details: the design of the hands is inspired by aeronautics, while their tips decorated with Luminova allow them to be read day or night.

    Where the strap meets the case beneath the lug has been specially worked for an ergonomic feel. The Elastogator® strap combined with a folding titanium buckle underlines the relaxed character of the Crazy Wheel collection. These watches are just as at home with a tuxedo in the evening as with jeans and a t-shirt during the day. With Crazy Wheel, the Franck Dubarry brand is showing another side to its rich personality.

    On the back of the case, the sculpture of an active man expresses his relationship with time. For the designer, the Homo Tempus represents the digital man, who manages his time through technology. He juggles his professional and personal activities. He devours time in order to leave his mark on it. The designer believes a man’s actions express his freedom, a key value in artistic creativity. This collection consists of six different styles.

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    FUNCTION: Central Hours / Minutes / Seconds / Date (31-day simple calendar)

    MOVEMENT: CW01 Swiss made automatic M100 SOPROD movement with
    33 jewels operating at 4 Hertz
    Swiss made Dubarry-manufactured additional module: Rotating bridge, 360° in 60 minutes: minutes display
    Hour dial built-in on module, 360° rotation in 60 minutes dependent on rotating bridge
    Mechanical differential on hour dial allows the dial to remain horizontal for telling the time
    Module contains 46 components
    Total diameter: 30.40 mm / Total height: 8.31 mm

    CASE: Titanium and forged carbon bezel

    Opening 32.5 mm Luminova markers and hands

    43x50mm STRAP: Elastogator® – Genuine Leather & Rubber

    10 ATM WARRANTY: 2 years

    Franck Dubarry SA
    Rue du Jeu-de-L'Arc 15 PO Box 6259
    1211.. Genève 6
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