he style of the latest Casablanca by Franck Muller blends with the creative ingenuity of Arsham, King Nerd and Bamford Watch Department. Dynamic, contemporary and classic, the model has been redesigned with an intricacy of detail.
With a striking Arsham Studio Green dial and seconds hand, the Arsham Studio Monogram repeats throughout the design; from the printed dial to the embossed leather strap and hand engraving by King Nerd on the case of the watch. The caseback has also been engraved with an eroded Arsham Studio ‘A’ along with a Casablanca logo inspired by the film of the same name.
On the launch of the timepiece, Daniel Arsham said: “I’ve always liked the Franck Muller Casablanca and this project actually started by asking George if he could make one custom for me. As we were talking about all of the different details on it, things got more and more intricate and complex. I started thinking about ideas for engraving onto the case and how we could work with Johnny and integrate the original design ethos of the dial with the Arsham Studio monogram. We wrapped the Arsham Studio Monogram all the way around the watch, from the dial to the embossed leather strap, into the case itself, with the engraving all done by hand. It’s a project that we’ve been talking about and working on for probably two years now and it is finally complete to share with the world.”
Johnny Dowell (King Nerd) added: “I’m honoured to work with Bamford Watch Department again and I’ve had an amazing friendship with George and his team for years now. It’s always a pleasure to work on something different and new and I’ve always admired the Franck Muller Casablanca model. It’s my favourite Franck Muller watch alongside the Vanguard and I’m a big fan of Daniel’s. I love everything Daniel Arsham Studio create as it is always exciting and thought provoking. To work on a project with both parties, one that is not just a watch, but a mix of watchmaking, traditional crafts and art combined, makes this a truly bespoke and unique limited edition.”
George Bamford (Bamford Watch Department) stated: “It has been amazing to work with two great friends on the canvas of an iconic watch from a brand which resonates with us all. As always, Daniel Arsham and King Nerd brought something special and unique to the project and I am so proud to work with them on this Franck Muller Casablanca.”
“I have always been inspired by the art world and I was naturally very happy to learn that Daniel Arsham was keen to interpret his art into one of our iconic models, the Casablanca. The result is astonishing and I am delighted with this exciting collaboration with Bamford Watch Department,” said Nicholas Rudaz, COO, Franck Muller.
The result is a 5-piece limited edition, housed in a unique outer box which continues the Arsham Studio ‘A’ monogram design. Pricing available on request and available from Bamford Watch Department.
Movement: Swiss Automatic • Case: Engraved Stainless Steel DIAL: DA styled teal dial with arabic numerals • Hands: White ’Skeleton’ with DA styled seconds hand CROWN: Stainless steel • Crystal: Sapphire Crystal • Case diameter: 39mm Tonneau THICKNESS: 17.5mm • Caseback: Engraved Stainless Steel WATER-RESISTANCE: 30 ATM • Strap: DA Embossed leather