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History of the House of Franck Mueller

Franck Muller was born in La Chaux-de-Fronds, Switzerland in July 1958 to a Swiss father and Italian mother. He became enthralled with everything mechanical and at the age of 15 enrolled in the prestigious Ecole d’ Horlogerie de Geneve graduating first in his class three years later in the late 1970’s. He currently describes himself as “Master of Complications”. In 1992, the House of Franck Mueller was founded and his watches immediately became widely successful in the United States and Europe. Mueller developed highly specialized complicated watchmaking skills by repairing high quality timepieces for museums, private collectors and auction houses. He saw a market for sporty modern watches with mechanical movements. Mueller designs every single movement himself whether simple or complicated. Very few watchmakers like Mueller are capable of making complicated time pieces today. Other competitors with the watchmaking skills comparable to Mueller would be Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Franck Mueller continues to make a limited number of watches for private clientele each year from his headquarters and factory contained in an old farmhouse in Power River. Other sites for the House of Franck Mueller are Genthod, Lajoux, Les Bois, Plan-les Ouates and Meyrin. Mueller watches come in many price ranges. His watches are either simple chronographs or Tonneau shaped watches with multiple time zones or his limited Curvex Minute Repeater Tourbillon watch which he limits to 25 per year. Each year, he produces at least one new line of timepieces and it is always something that has never been seen before. Most of Franck Mueller watches are patented having either a manual or self-winding movement. Some of his more recognizable timepieces are the Aeternitas, the Revolution 2, the Revolution 3, the Crazy Hours, the Color Dreams, the Casablanca and the Conquistador. Celebrities known to wear his watches are Elton John, Demi Moore and Robin Williams.

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