KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 ― Luxury Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller has unveiled a unique new timepiece that celebrates the inimitable style of its Asia Pacific brand ambassador, Julian Cheung Chi-lam. The unique piece Vanguard is a distinctive pilot’s watch worthy of “Captain Cool” himself, as could only be created by the Master of Complications.
A beloved style icon for over two decades, Chilam is heralded throughout Asia as one of the most debonair personalities of the stage and screen. The award-winning Hong Kong actor and singer has been the Franck Muller brand ambassador since 2013, an ideal collaboration built upon a shared appreciation for innovation, refined taste and traditional craftsmanship.
The unique piece Vanguard, is a personal token of gratitude from Franck Muller, designed in collaboration with the star brand ambassador. The one-of-a-kind watch reflects the sporty and innovative spirit of Franck Muller coupled with the elegant charm of Chilam.
The dynamically eye-catching case is set with 307 black diamonds (8.70 cts) highlighting the black brushed dial and its impressive appliqué relief numerals. The numeral 27, is set with 36 diamonds at 9 o'clock in recognition of Chilam's date of birth ― also significantly, the day of Maison Franck Muller’s grand opening in Hong Kong.
The engine pattern in the centre ― along with the chevrons adorning the date at 6 o'clock ― pay tribute to one of Chilam’s most iconic roles as the gallant captain of the skies. The back of the watch has been engraved with the actor's likeness and signature.
Innovative spirit meets luxury and aviation in this incomparable timepiece, which is animated by an automatic movement, offering a 42-hour power reserve. Once again, Franck Muller combines Swiss tradition with technology and creativity.