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A watch for the golf aficionados

Franck Muller Backswing.

Franck Muller Krypton.

Franck Muller Grande Date is another addition to the Vanguard collection.

Franck Muller Backswing (Price not available) - Luxury timepieces are often returned to the repair shop because the owners wear them to play golf - the mechanisms in many of these watches are too fragile to take the knocks from the repeated swings in the game. With the Backswing, golfers not only don't have to worry about this problem, they will also find it useful for their game.

It's a golfing watch designed and made with the most ardent golf enthusiast in mind. The case - you have a pick of titanium or stainless steel - and dial are machined to match the ornamentation of a golf ball. To help the golfer keep track of his strokes, there's the central swing counter and openworked hands that glow in the dark because they are adorned with Super-LumiNova. Just push the "score" and "reset" buttons.

Most important, in the watch are four bright green silicones designed and positioned to absorb and cushion vibrations. They make the Backswing resistant to shocks from the most vigorous of swings. You can see the silicones through the blue sapphire crystal back case of the watch.

Franck Muller Krypton (Price not available) - Franck Muller's Vanguard Carbon collection has a new line: Krypton, whose watches are marked out by Super-LumiNova details on their dials. Krypton is the next leap forward in cutting edge carbon styling. It combines the resplendent elements of Super-LumiNova and carbon to evoke a sense of peering through another galaxy.

Franck Muller Grande Date (S$34,433 in steel, S$49,948 in rose gold) - The Grande Date is another addition to the Vanguard collection. The core striking design of this chronograph, which also boasts a big date, is an open-face dial, though which the architectural complexities of the watch is clearly visible.

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