It wasn’t too long ago when bankers all over the world faced a common problem: How do you sync your trades with all the major markets across Asia, Europe and the US? Inspired by the frustrations of a banker client, Franck Muller decided to address this conundrum by creating the Master Banker, a watch that allows you to set and view three time zones at a single glance.
Launched in 1996, the Master Banker broke new ground. While most other multi-time zone watches of that time indicated the additional time zones only with the help of extra hour hands, the Master Banker took things a step further with three separate time indicators on the dial, each with its own hour and minute hands.
This year, Franck Muller builds on the Master Banker’s legacy with the new Cintrée Curvex Master Banker Asia Exclusive—a regional exclusive showcasing the signature three-time zone complication housed within Franck Muller’s iconic Cintrée Curvex case. With the new profile, the Cintrée Curvex Master Banker Asia Exclusive brings Franck Muller’s technical ingenuity to the fore once more.
Two decades on, the MVD 2800-MBSC automatic movement’s famed functionality continues to shine. The local time is told by the central hour, minute and seconds hands, while the aperture at eight o’clock reveals the date synchronized to the local time. Elsewhere, two sub dials at twelve and six o’clock represent the actual times in the second and third time zones.
Just as easy to use, the three-time zone displays—which include their own hour and minute hands— can each be individually adjusted via a single crown, without the need for additional pushers. The crown can be actuated in three positions: the first position for winding, the middle position to set the two time zones, and the third to set the local time.
The Master Banker’s patented multi-time zone mechanism is based on a system that includes an additional pinion to drive the second and third time zones, while local time display is driven by the movement’s standard gear train.
The Cintrée Curvex Master Banker Asia Exclusive’s technical sophistication is matched by its elegance. A horological tool for on-the-go bankers and the discerning jet set, the watch flaunts a beautiful brushed sunray finish dial underneath its domed sapphire crystal, and its iconic case is available in a choice of 18k rose gold, stainless steel, or hand-polished blackened steel. Offered in seven vibrant colour combinations, with a choice of two sizes—36.00mm x 50.40mm (Ref. 7880) and 39.60mm x 55.40mm (Ref. 8880)—this boardroom-ready wrist statement is primed to make an impression both at home and abroad.
A 700-piece limited edition collection, the Cintrée Curvex Master Banker Asia Exclusive is available at Franck Muller boutiques and selected watch retailers across Asia.