New release from Grail Watch (Revolution Watch)...

https://youtu.be/4yyr_QYn_Tw

So Wei Koh just dropped the video for the new Grail Watch release of three amazing chronographs from Franck Muller done in collaboration with Grail Watch.

These are faithful reissues of early 1990s chronographs released by Franck Muller including NOS vintage Lemania movements.

The 30th Anniversary model is an ultra cool dual sided chronograph.

Cannot wait to see these in the metal...

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Not a fan of the brand, but it looks nice. 

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AllTheWatches

Not a fan of the brand, but it looks nice. 

Yes - but this was before the "rock star" "hype" period for FM. This is when Franck was still running the show and when he was producing Patek-like chronographs with classic styling.

I'm not a fan of where they went after this period and don't have any FM in the collection.

These will be the first FMs for me.

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Again, looks really cool. Freely admit I do not know much about the brand other than they were in the same discussion as Jacob and Co for hype at one point. Have to give them props, they were RM before RM was doing its thing and still look better than an RM.  

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I am totally in the dark.  Every now and then, someone will mention that Franck  Muller watches are overly-hyped, but I have zero context.  What happened?  Hoping someone knowledgeable can address my ignorance!

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HotWatchChick69

I am totally in the dark.  Every now and then, someone will mention that Franck  Muller watches are overly-hyped, but I have zero context.  What happened?  Hoping someone knowledgeable can address my ignorance!

I think you are correct that Franck Muller watches have been overly hyped. As @AllTheWatches stated, Franck Muller was RM before RM. In fact, if you look at late 1990s/early 2000s FM you will notice that RM basically grabbed FM design cues and put them in a bubble gum machine.

Prior to Franck Muller himself leaving FM, he coined himself the master of complications and he was/is a genius watchmaker. Unfortunately, when he left the brand became better know for hype fashion like RM then for the technical complications.

What Wei Koh was attempting with this collaboration was to reach back to the true Franck Muller influence and recreate the amazing chronographs that FM released in the early 1990s that were heavily influenced by very early Patek Philippe references. Since it's also the 30th Anniversary, it made sense to celebrate that in some way. Thus, the reissue of the dual sided chronograph.

Hope this makes some sense.

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ChronoGuy

I think you are correct that Franck Muller watches have been overly hyped. As @AllTheWatches stated, Franck Muller was RM before RM. In fact, if you look at late 1990s/early 2000s FM you will notice that RM basically grabbed FM design cues and put them in a bubble gum machine.

Prior to Franck Muller himself leaving FM, he coined himself the master of complications and he was/is a genius watchmaker. Unfortunately, when he left the brand became better know for hype fashion like RM then for the technical complications.

What Wei Koh was attempting with this collaboration was to reach back to the true Franck Muller influence and recreate the amazing chronographs that FM released in the early 1990s that were heavily influenced by very early Patek Philippe references. Since it's also the 30th Anniversary, it made sense to celebrate that in some way. Thus, the reissue of the dual sided chronograph.

Hope this makes some sense.

Awesome explanation.  Thank you!

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HotWatchChick69

I am totally in the dark.  Every now and then, someone will mention that Franck  Muller watches are overly-hyped, but I have zero context.  What happened?  Hoping someone knowledgeable can address my ignorance!

This. This happened. 

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thekris

This. This happened. 

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My old GS AD also sells FM. On two separate occasions for watches sharing this case style, I witnessed owners bringing them in for service because of moisture Looking at the site, looks like many in that case shape are only 30M.

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AllTheWatches

My old GS AD also sells FM. On two separate occasions for watches sharing this case style, I witnessed owners bringing them in for service because of moisture Looking at the site, looks like many in that case shape are only 30M.

To focus on the case shape or WR here would be a mistake.  The important thing is that is's got a crocodile texture to it.  Not just the band, the whole case.  So I think we can forgive a lack of moisture protection in exchange for the watch case looking like it's made of golden crocodile skin.

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thekris

To focus on the case shape or WR here would be a mistake.  The important thing is that is's got a crocodile texture to it.  Not just the band, the whole case.  So I think we can forgive a lack of moisture protection in exchange for the watch case looking like it's made of golden crocodile skin.

As uncouth as that reptilian watch is, the one Mel posted is admittedly classy.

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AllTheWatches

As uncouth as that reptilian watch is, the one Mel posted is admittedly classy.

Uncouth?  How dare you sir, HOW DARE YOU!?  

From the brand's very own website,

 Elegant, sporty and innovative, the Gold Croco, Iron Croco and Black Croco are harmonious timepieces.

Do you think just anyone can create a timepiece that's both sporty and elegant?  And if they could, would it also be harmonious?  I think not.

And, lest we forget,

The case as well as the dial are entirely milled to create the most realistic scales aspect similar to the beautiful alligator straps used by the brand.

Who else mills their cases to match the straps?  Does Rolex make cases with a leather grain to them?  Does AP make cases that look like they're made of NATO material?

Uncouth indeed.

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thekris

Uncouth?  How dare you sir, HOW DARE YOU!?  

From the brand's very own website,

 Elegant, sporty and innovative, the Gold Croco, Iron Croco and Black Croco are harmonious timepieces.

Do you think just anyone can create a timepiece that's both sporty and elegant?  And if they could, would it also be harmonious?  I think not.

And, lest we forget,

The case as well as the dial are entirely milled to create the most realistic scales aspect similar to the beautiful alligator straps used by the brand.

Who else mills their cases to match the straps?  Does Rolex make cases with a leather grain to them?  Does AP make cases that look like they're made of NATO material?

Uncouth indeed.

That was a full laugh out loud. Somewhere in the world, I am sure David Lee Roth is happy to own that watch. 

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Welp, I'm sure Sir Elton John would be happy to know Franck Mueller is making new stuff. 

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Just came across this article from HODINKEE which was relevant to this release...

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/collectible-1990s-watches-rolex-patek-daniel-roth

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ChronoGuy

Just came across this article from HODINKEE which was relevant to this release...

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/collectible-1990s-watches-rolex-patek-daniel-roth

Can you please not send me to these websites where I fall in love with EVERYTHING and can afford NOTHING. It's like OnlyFans all over again 😭