The supreme genius of watchmaking: Who is Franck Muller?

Ever since watchmaker Francesco “Franck” Muller first made a wristwatch with a tourbillon mechanism, he has been considered one of the brightest names in the watch industry.

By David Foster Published on 4 Şubat 2024 : 21:08.
The supreme genius of watchmaking: Who is Franck Muller?

Born in Switzerland in 1958 as the son of an Italian mother and a Swiss father, Franck Muller grew up in a multinational, multicultural environment. From a young age, he was interested in all kinds of machines and mechanisms. His greatest fun was disassembling any mechanical object and discovering its "heart" and how it worked.

In 1981, he entered the "Geneva School of Watch Making" in Geneva, one of the most important watchmaking schools. He completed his 4-year education by graduating first in his class, as well as receiving many accolades and awards. He decided to take a very brave step and create his own brand, befitting his character and passion for watches. Although he could have found a job in the most famous watch companies if he wanted, Franck Muller chose the hard way and followed his dreams.

He started to work to change the fact that no innovations or progress had been made in watchmaking since the 20th century. He started his business life as a clock repairman, while also experimenting to create his own clock mechanism.

He produced the first watch bearing his name in 1983. This watch, which he created with a unique and complex structure using micro-mechanical systems, was his work from start to finish. With this first step, the rapid rise in his career began and successes followed one after another.

Today, Franck Muller is remembered as the "superior genius" of watchmaking with his inventions and innovations.

In the Crazy Hours model, one of the most interesting watches of Muller, which has created many unique models of its own, the numbers are in a mixed order and the hour hand jumps at the beginning of each hour to indicate the next hour.

Franck Muller is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer named after its founder. The company's estimated total sales (in 2010/2011) were €290 million in watches with an average unit price of €38,000. Franck Muller's watches are worn by various celebrities, among them Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elton John, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Kanye West, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Paris Hilton, and Chris Brown.

There is an organization called Franck Muller Watchland in Geneva, dedicated to Muller, who has a respected place in the world of watchmaking.

While Muller has noticeably retreated from daily trading in recent years, the name Vartan Sirmakes, which once provided this young talent's entry into large-scale watchmaking, has come to the fore.

Sirmakes concentrated on the production of high-quality watch cases, and together the two masters developed the Cintrée Curvex, a vault-type case curved in two planes; This case, which has a typical 20s atmosphere, soon became the trademark of the young watch brand.

The Watchland group of companies emerged in 1997 from the merger of Muller and Sirmakes. At one time, nearly 1,000 people were working in this organization; The two groups currently own 13 companies, or the majority of shares, including 10 watch brands. Over the last 23 years, the production house has invested in developing more complex watches, although it has downsized slightly to stay healthy. In the Watchland group, Franck Muller remains the leading brand, but other brands of the Watchland group also have a share in the success of the founding brand.