As a true icon of the Franck Muller stable, the Casablanca brings together the very best of the brand’s technical know-how and design understanding. Refined yet exciting, the Casablanca is quite simply one of the most dynamic watch designs in recent memory. This stunning line is informed by what is a highly exciting yet elegant look, with unmistakable numerals that are a true symbol of the brand and allow excellent readability that makes the watch totally unique.
Franck Muller watches were born from the exceptional watchmaking talent of Franck Muller, who first started creating timepieces when he was still young. Even the first few watches he created contained movements that were complicated and unique. Muller noticed how well-received his early attempts at watchmaking were, and deduced that there was a market for complex and robust timepieces. He then decided to unveil his new high-complicated models at yearly ‘World Premiere’ events, where only three to four limited pieces would be released, all handcrafted by Muller himself. As he continued to innovate his watches, Muller released his first tourbillon watch. This made waves in the horology industry because, unlike other tourbillon watches that have it seen from the back, Franck Muller’s innovation placed the tourbillon visibly in the front of the watch. His new design gained him recognition as the “Master of Complications”.
This recognition was just the start for the brand as they went on to release various models that featured a marriage between dynamic, contemporary, and classic styles on top of exceptional and complicated features. Among these outstanding releases is the Casablanca series. The Franck Muller Casablanca collection carries refined designs with elegant finishes, from its distinctive numbers and multi-colored dials, to its bronze, black, or white watch faces.
|Casablanca Cintree Curvex Ref. 8880 C CC DT|
|Casablanca Cintree Curvex Ref. 8885C CC DT|
Casablanca Cintree Curvex
7880C CC DT
|Casablanca Cintree Curvex Ref. 5850|
|Casablanca Cintree Curvex Ref. 8880 C DT|
|Casablanca Cintree Curvex Ref. 5850 C CC|
|Casablanca Cintree Curvex Ref. 8885 C CC DT NR|
|Casablanca Cintree Curvex Ref. 2852|
Franck Muller Casablanca is famous for its three-hand function, with distinctive numbers and multi-colored dials that perfectly contrast the bronze, black or white of its cases. Among the models that boast this is the Franck Muller Casablanca Ref. 5850 and Franck Muller Casablanca Ref. 6850. The $4,799 USD Ref. 5850 is a self-winding automatic 32mm x 45mm stainless steel watch that features a black dial and black alligator strap. The Ref. 6850, on the other hand, features the same black dial and stainless steel case but is sized for slightly bigger wrists, with a 34mm x 47mm case. The Ref. 6850 retails at $5,569 USD. Both of these models have hand sets that are lined with bright blue for a pop of color in these otherwise monochromatic watches.
For those looking for an even bigger watch that has the same features as the Ref. 5850 and the 6850, take a look at the Franck Muller Casablanca Ref. 8880 C BD. This 10th Anniversary edition is the perfect choice with its 40 x 55 mm case size and starting price of $4,500 USD.
Apart from the classics, Casablanca also offers watches with date displays such as the Franck Muller Casablanca Ref. 8880 CDT AC featuring the signature three-hand set, but with an additional round date display. This model comes with either a black or white dial. The black dial variant retails at $7,900 USD, while the model with the white dial is slightly more affordable, at $6,100 USD.
Since Franck Muller Casablanca is well-known for its multi-colored dials, they also offer the Franck Muller Casablanca 8880 C DT NR that features a matte-black PVD-coated case and dial. The stylized numbers and distinctive three-hand set, however, come in a diverse variety of contrasting colors, ranging from blue, red, green, yellow, or white. The prices for this eye-catching, Willy Wonka-esque timepiece start at $6,400 USD.
Aside from the famous Cintrée Curvex shape and the distinctive stylized numerals that Franck Muller Casablanca carries, this collection also offers a variety of luxurious metals with their watches. Apart from the standard stainless steel, users can choose between an 18K rose gold, white gold and yellow gold case with either a black, gold, or white dial. The prices for these watches differ depending on the specific metal and dial used, but its price ranges from around $3,600 USD to $12,000 USD
Two famous chronograph watches under the Casablanca series are the Franck Muller Casablanca Ref. 5850 C CC and the Franck Muller Casablanca Ref. 8880 C CC DT. Both models are available in stainless steel or a variety of gold hues. The Casablanca Ref. 5850 C CC is slightly smaller, with a 32mm x 44mm case size. It also has a more budget-friendly price, starting at $7,250 USD. On the other hand, the Ref. 8880 C CC DT has a larger case size at 39mm x 55mm, and the price for gold variants of this watch can go as high as $16,302 USD.
Franck Muller is widely known for their stylish and highly-complicated timepieces such as the Casablanca series, which features some signatures of the brand that set them far apart from other watches available in the market. Known for their unique innovations, intricate designs, quality complications, and exceptional Haute Horlogerie skills, Franck Muller watches are definitely considered one of a kind.
While Franck Muller may not be as competitive in terms of being a luxury watch investment with a monetary value that will constantly appreciate, Franck Muller collections such as the Casablanca series are more of a collector’s choice. These pieces are greatly valued by watch enthusiasts and collectors for their expert craftsmanship and robust complications.
The founder of the company, Franck Muller, was a gifted watchmaker from the outset. He started at a young age and developed his interest in mechanical devices through the years by studying at the Geneva School of Watchmaking. Soon after, he started designing unique and complex timepieces and released his first wristwatch in 1983, featuring a complicated movement created by him. This first attempt was well-received by the watch community, so much so that he started the famous World Premiere, where he assembled unique complications that have never been made before. He moved on to developing his own tourbillon timepiece, which set itself apart from other tourbillon watches in the market by being the first to have the tourbillon visible from the front of the watch. This achievement garnered him a reputation as the Master of Complications.
Since then, Franck Muller has always been associated with unique, complicated movements that have ethereal designs and styles. Franck Muller watches feature complex dials and a unique Cintrée Curvex casing, all of which have quickly become part of the established identity of the brand. These cases are used by a variety of Franck Muller collections, including the Casablanca series. The elegant Casablanca collection features a good balance between contemporary and classic styles paired with complicated movements, offering you the best of all possible worlds.
Franck Muller’s name has always been associated with grand and unique complications that range from hundreds to thousands of components and usually take years to create. These mechanical complications and innovations have gained the brand a reputation in the horology industry as an exceptional watchmaker, with their immense expertise in manufacturing timeless timepieces.
For years, Franck Muller has innovated a variety of collections under their name. One of these is the Casablanca series, a classic-contemporary style watch collection. The Casablanca range boasts elegant finishes and playful dials that are carefully handcrafted by expert watchmakers, showcasing their exceptional craftsmanship and capabilities. From its signature Cintrée Curvex-shaped casing and colorful dials to its highly complex movements, Franck Muller has perfectly molded a noble art and an ageless timekeeper together into one.