Hands-on: Franck Muller Vanguard Line Cut
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First announced two years ago as an exclusive to its French retailers, the Vanguard Line Cut is a departure from the usual Franck Muller offerings. With just two hands and sandblasted titanium, the Line Cut is monochromatic, sleek, slim, and as minimal as Franck Muller.
initial thought Franck Muller, known for his top-of-the-line styles of big timepieces, did something a little different with the Vanguard Line Cut. It's essentially a flatter, sleeker version of its Vanguard.
But Line Cut is more than just a crack and a fold. The Line Cut feels amazing in the hand and on the wrist. It feels different from the typical Franck Muller, lighter, slimmer and more restrained. Like all tonneau-shaped Franck Muller watches, the case is slightly curved so that it fits snugly on the wrist.
Unlike most other cheap replica watches in this segment that emphasize angles and straight lines, such as the Bulgari Octo Finissimo, the Line Cut is completely rounded and has soft edges, making it very comfortable to wear.
And Line Cut has developed a new movement for the watch, which makes it even more interesting technically. That said, the movement is a bit of a mystery, as Frank Muller didn't provide any information about it other than specs, at least officially. The specifications indicate that the movement is indeed an in-house movement, as they do not correspond to any well-known movement. (From my informal knowledge of the sport, the structure is proven, strong, and reliable.)
The only downside of this watch from a functional point of view is that it is water resistant to 30 m. While more than enough for everyday wear, it's not enough for a real sports watch that requires at least 50 m.
But Line Cut does have a plethora of designs on the dial. The brand appears in the name and its wreath logo, as well as the series and model names as 6 and 12, respectively. Most of these could be scaled down and this watch would be more attractive but recognisable as Franck Muller. replica Bomberg BOLT-68 NEO watch
Due to the simplicity of the watch style, I would also like to have more delicate details such as hands or applied numerals.
Overall, Line Cut is an under-the-radar proposition in its category. Has a smoother, more streamlined feel.
less is more Introduced a few years ago as a sporty version of Franck Muller's signature case shape, the Vanguard is often larger or larger. In fact, the recently introduced 43mm model is a “medium size” despite being a large model.
The Line Cut is essentially a flattened and simplified version of the smallest standard model, the Vanguard 41. Although it has the same diameter, the Line Cut is about a quarter thinner than the standard model. And it does away with the seconds and date, making it look clean and functional despite all the branding.
As such, the Line Cut measures 41mm x 50mm and is only 9.1mm tall, making it slimmer by comparison, but perfect for anyone who wants a mid-sized cheap watches for sale. It's worth noting that tonneau cases usually lose their elegant silhouette beyond a certain size, but the Line Cut is just right. It's a larger watch, but manages to maintain a stylish feel.
While the Line Cut's 9.1mm height isn't extreme -- a Royal Oak "Jumbo" reference. For example, the 16202 is 8.1mm - which feels a lot thinner than it looks. At the same time, it looks much thinner on the wrist than it actually is. This is mainly due to the case’s domed, tapering profile, which has historically been a key feature of Franck Muller’s tonneau cases.
The only thing I don't like about the case is the resin-filled channel on the side of the case. This is found on all Vanguard models and is designed to create the visual impression of a sandwich construction where the two halves of the case meet. It is no doubt inspired by many brands that use a similar structure, such as Hublot and Richard Mille.
On Line Cut, however, the channels are entirely cosmetic. As far as I can tell, the middle of the case is one piece, so the channel is basically a groove engraved with black resin. Removing the channel will allow for cleaner case lines reminiscent of the original Franck Muller Cintree Curvex watch from the 1990s. Fortunately, when the watch is on the wrist, the channel isn't obvious.
The Line Cut uses the dial design of the standard Vanguard. It retains almost all of its appearance, except for the minute track, which has been simplified to just five minute markers. replica Jacob and Co. watch
As I mentioned above, I prefer the further simplification of the dial design, but this may be too much for a brand that likes its flashy style.
In terms of execution, the dial is good enough, if not brilliant. For example, printing can be improved by increasing thickness and sharper definition.
Interestingly, the lines of the bracelet are slightly more complex than the case where the edges of the links are grooved on each side. Unlike many other watches in this category, the bracelet is not integrated into the case. Although the bracelet visually fits the case perfectly.
In terms of feel, the bracelet scores very high. It's lightweight and smooth to the touch, so it's comfortable to sit in.
The folding clasp is a little thicker than it should be, especially compared to the height of the links. Meanwhile, the friction fit closure of the clasp is essential for relatively expensive discount replica watches.
Something slightly more complex in terms of construction would take the bracelet to another level, such as a clasp embedded in the links or a clasp equipped with hidden buttons. Still, the bracelet gets the job done, so that's enough.
new workhorse movement The FM 708 caliber makes its debut in Line Cut. Frank Muller himself doesn't say much, and there are no images available. All the brand is saying is that the FM 708 was developed specifically for this model, although it will certainly appear in other watches in the near future. The diameter and thickness of the movement and the frequency of 3.5 Hz do not correspond to any common movement, confirming Franck Muller's claim that the FM 708 is an in-house movement.
Based on conversations with some brand insiders, I know the fundamentals of the movement have been tried and tested, so it will perform well.
The Line Cut looks and feels unlike any other Franck Muller, which means it will appeal to anyone who thinks the average Franck Muller is too much in terms of design. It's also reasonably priced relative to other Franck Muller replica watches for sale , as well as its counterparts in the wider industry. Line Cut is definitely more what Franck Muller should have done.
Franck Muller Vanguard Line Cut Ref. V 41 S AT REL LINE CUT
Diameter: 41mm x 50mm Height: 9.1 mm Material: Titanium Crystal: Sapphire Water resistance: 30 m
Movement: FM 708 Function: hours and minutes Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3.5 Hz) Winding: automatic winding Power reserve: 42 hours
Strap: Titanium Bracelet