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it tells the time backwards 'to remind you to take our time'

 

Or be late for everything as you get the time wrong every time!  I won't be spending CHF22,600, plus taxes, on one anytime soon.  Is this the worst design ever?  The Crazy hours is up there too, so Franck Muller have form in this area

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Whenever I see people complaining about a lack of innovation in modern watch design I think of things like this, innovation for the sake of it. Which just becomes a novelty, and a very expensive one at that. Mind you, I wouldn't like it if the numbers were the right way round, but that's just a matter of taste.

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The essential design that we associate with Franck Muller (similar to the backwards watch shown above but, thank goodness, the right way round) goes back a long way and is far earlier than the  Franck Muller company.  This means that one can buy and wear some nice versions of this watch style by other reputable companies for much less money without feeling that one is just copying Frank Muller on the cheap.:)

 

 

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1 minute ago, sabailand said:

Obviously for people who have more money than they know what to do with, although i get the novelty thing, novelty watches are common but i dont know why higher-end watch makers indulge tbh, but they do.

 

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Hublot did a limited edition backward watch for the middle east market, apparently it made sense given Arabic is read from right to left - I don't know if they repeated the exercise or if anybody else has done it other than Goofy and FM

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Given that it is possible to build a clock mechanism that works just as well in either direction, we might ask what prompted the choice of what we now call Clockwise. I read somewhere when researching this very question that it was because the shadow of the gnomon on a sundial moves around in this direction in the Northern Hemisphere. It was what people were used to seeing. Given that there would not have been many clock mechanisms south of the Equator in the late Middle Ages, the whole world got stuck with it even though in the Southern Hemisphere sundials go Widdershins!

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On 15/09/2020 at 01:43, Roger the Dodger said:

Can't be as bad as the 'Crazy Hours' series where the numbers are jumbled and the hands change positions every hour...

Most watches are like that after;

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not that hard is it - the 1 is in the normal place and just skip forward in steps of 5 ... 

so not all that crazy after all , better to have the 1 somewhere else and have more random jumps but that would have made the gubbins a bit more complicated - cant win 'em all...

still nicer (aesthetically speaking imho) than any of the hauty mchaut horology seen so far  :yes:

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1 hour ago, Rotundus said:

not that hard is it - the 1 is in the normal place and just skip forward in steps of 5 ... 

so not all that crazy after all , better to have the 1 somewhere else and have more random jumps but that would have made the gubbins a bit more complicated - cant win 'em all...

still nicer (aesthetically speaking imho) than any of the hauty mchaut horology seen so far  :yes:

Franck Muller Crazy Hours Long Island Tourbillon 1300 CH T Platinum

On this platinum tourbillon version, the 1 is in a different position...until you realise all they've done is turn the dial upside down...and want £35,000 for it! :swoon: (It's on ebay)

 

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