I was very excited to meet Franc Vila for the first time. I am a huge fan of the watch brand and an owner of the Franc Vila Cobra myself.
He immediately impressed me with a ladies’ tourbillon watch in black and red. Unlike most ladies tourbillon pieces at Basel, the Fvt #1 Planetair is very sporty and edgy and retails for $195,000. Equipped with a flying tourbillon with a five-day power reserve, this movement made history adopting an aesthetic shape for the first time.
Next, Franc showed me the men’s tourbillon piece called the Tourbillon Intrepido. Limited to eight pieces, this piece is a Ferrari in a watch. Its composition is titanium and is one of the lightest pieces I have ever seen, featuring a tourbillon with day and night three-dimensional indication and 96 hours of power reserve. Another piece I was drawn to was the SuperSonic 5-Minute Repeater, Superligero Concept. A very cool watch, the timepiece features a five-minute repetition complication and is a new watch introduced at Basel World. Franc’s favorite quality is the complication, which is high-tech due to the mechanism needed to convert time to music.
Franc then showed me the new Cobra, an upgrade of the piece I have, as well as the Superligero Automatic Big Date. This dynamic model is limited to only 88 pieces.
Check out the video above for an inside look of my meeting with Franc Vila and a glimpse at all the amazing timepieces I saw at Basel World.