Franck Muller Honoured with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Franck Muller was bestowed the rank of Officer and honoured with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Cavaliere Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana) at a spectacular event in Monte-Carlo. The honour was conferred by decree of President Giorgio Napolitano on the recommendation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic, the Order of Merit was awarded to Francesco “Franck” Muller for his long and distinguished career as a master watchmaker and in recognition for his numerous horological contributions to the art and science of watchmaking.
Franck Muller with Antonio Morabito, Italian Ambassador to MonacoFrom a very early age, Franck Muller developed an interest for all mechanical devices. He spent his childhood in La Chaux-de-Fonds and enrolled in the prestigious Geneva Watchmaking School at the age of 15. Almost immediately, he was recognised as a child prodigy and, upon graduation, he set up his own workshop and restored some of the most famous and important watches ever made, including restoring watches in the Patek Philippe Museum. In 1986, he debuted his own tourbillon with jump hour and regulator-type dial. Ever since, the “Master of Complications” has made every type of wristwatch complication known. Together with his partner Vartan Sirmakes, Franck Muller has grown from a boutique brand into a major success with over 500 employees who manufacture 40,000 timepieces annually at 6 production sites in Switzerland.
After the official ceremony and presentation by Antonio Morabito, Italian Ambassador to Monaco, the celebration continued with traditional Italian flag throwing and a glamorous gala event at the Monte-Carlo Méridien.
Il Cavaliere Ufficiale Franck Muller cutting a Crazy Hours cake in Monte-Carlo