The Franck Muller Vanguard Lady Tourbillon Gravity is the first ladies’ tourbillon in the Vanguard collection that marry contemporary design with watchmaking expertise. The result is a duo that is fabulously complex, yet wearable and current.
The Vanguard Lady Tourbillon Gravity is the first tourbillon in Franck Muller’s Vanguard collection and features the manual-wound Caliber FM L03 which designed to be smaller and slimmer. The diameter of the tourbillon cage on the ladies’ is 16.25mm, compared to the men’s at 21.2mm. The Vanguard Lady Tourbillon Gravity case shaped as an elongated barrel in the typical Franck Muller style measures only 35mm by 11.5mm in thickness, and 46.3mm in length.
The bridges are a point of interest on the Vanguard tourbillons. They are built on three axes in concave and convex shapes that form an elliptical circle in an overall composition that is very three-dimensional. The color pink has been liberally applied here, noticeable especially on the tourbillon bride which is made from anodized aluminum that has been colored hot pink. The color is mirrored in the strap and the oversized numerals.
If you don’t care much about the tourbillon, you may prefer the Vanguard V38 Heart Skeleton. The hearts are a dead giveaway that this is a “lady” watch. There are seven in all, and they are not simply stamped on a dial, applied in enamel, or outlined in gemstones. The hearts form the bridge of a skeletonized, manual-wound movement, which demonstrates that the brand went through some trouble to make them more than just an ornamental feature. Measuring a remarkable 32mm wide, the case of this watch, in either gold or stainless steel, is honed down to feminine proportions.
The watch is water-resistant to 30m. Functions include hours, minutes, and a small seconds subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock. It has a four-day power reserve. Red details on the bridge and crown are echoed in the red alligator strap. It’s available in steel and pink gold. This is a Valentine’s Day watch if there ever was one!