As an Indian, I have witnessed first-hand the tremendous growth in appreciation for sports and luxury watches in our country. For decades, facilities and support for athletes were lacking, but talent persevered. A watershed moment came in 1983 when India won the Cricket World Cup, igniting a passion for sports across the nation. Cricket especially has united Indians of all backgrounds under one banner of national pride. Today, we proudly cheer “Men in Blue” representing India on the global stage.
Parallel to this sports revolution, India has also emerged as a promising market for luxury timepieces. Franck Muller x Rose The Watch Bar have come together to create a limited edition watch honoring our sporting heroes. With only 47 pieces available, the Franck Muller Vanguard “Men in Blue” is truly special.
The watch draws inspiration from our rich culture. The sunray dial in shades of blue evokes the life-giving properties of the sun. Stylized Devanagari numerals showcase our uniquely Indian identity. An interchangeable strap provides versatility from boardroom to stadium. The limited run of 47 recognizes India’s independence in 1947. Delving into the watch itself, it is a Vanguard Slim model with a 41mm diameter stainless steel case. Powered by Franck Muller’s own automatic 2250 calibre movement, it delivers precise timekeeping expected from Swiss watchmaking.
Franck Muller is renowned worldwide for its avant-garde and complex watch complications. Yet, this model smartly incorporates Indian elements like the Devanagari script. For the local collector market, these thoughtful details make the piece more meaningful.
Additionally, it is wonderful to see an Indian brand like Rose collaborating with a Swiss giant like Franck Muller. Rose has built a reputation over 40 years for high-quality craftsmanship and designs merging Western aesthetics with Indian heritage. This partnership brings together the pinnacle of Swiss horology with the best of Indian luxury.
For watch lovers in India, it is an exciting time. With a growing appreciation for luxury timepieces, the market has expanded tremendously. Watch exhibitions and Summit events now draw collectors from across the country. A new generation of enthusiasts is emerging, seeking both modern international styles as well as watches symbolic of Indian culture. For brands catering to this audience, it is essential to recognize Indian tastes and traditions. This is exactly what makes the Franck Muller “Men in Blue” edition for Rose so remarkable.
Sports have become like a religion that unites all Indians. When our athletes triumph, we are all “proudly Indian.” This limited edition watch celebrates the icons who have made our country proud. It represents the pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking, highlighted with markers of Indianness. For Indian watch aficionados like myself, it is a meaningful tribute we can wear with honor. As our sports heroes continue to unite the nation, the passions for both world-class athletics and horology seem sure to grow.