Zoom in shut sufficient on this picture and you can begin to make out identifiable options. The tonneau, or barrel-shaped, case and the goofy, crazy numbers are complete giveaways. A watch like that’s virtually definitely the work of virtuouso Franck Muller. Paul Boutros, head of watches for the Americas at Phillips public sale home, confirmed that the dial, at the very least, is 100% Franck Muller. Patrick Maffeo, a supervisor for Barmakian Jewelers, which sells Franck Muller, added, “This definitely appears to be like to be a Franck Muller Centre Curvex.” However each Boutros and Maffeo agree that the bracelet on Affleck’s watch is unidentifiable—more than likely an aftermarket addition. “The bracelet doesn’t look like a Franck Muller bracelet,” Maffeo stated. “I’ve by no means seen this bracelet earlier than.”
The Curvex is a lifeless ringer for the watch on Affleck’s wrist right down to the three traces of textual content that seem on the watch’s dial—two curved on the high and backside, and one flat simply above middle. Whereas fashionable Curvex watches have a flatter crown, older editions have a crown with a slight protrusion, as pictured above. Extra good confirming proof: the field Lopez offers Affleck in “Jenny From the Block” carefully resembles the containers Franck Muller makes use of. Once I reached out to the model, a consultant confirmed practically all of my assumptions. “It does appear to be a Franck Muller Curvex mannequin that has had a third-party bracelet added to the case,” they wrote in an e-mail. “Now we have by no means supplied such a bracelet as a manufacturing unit choice.” So there you will have it.
The watch would have made a whole lot of sense as a present for a scorching younger actor within the early 2000s, too. “Getting into into the Nineties, Franck Muller was a rising star—an unbiased watchmaker who gained notoriety for creating extremely difficult watches,” Boutros says. “By the top of the last decade, Franck Muller watches had been completely scorching, with the Cintrée Curvex fashions, like this one noticed on Ben Affleck’s wrist, being essentially the most wanted.” Muller’s fortunes have pale considerably within the years since. But when Bennifer can get again collectively, who says they’ll’t deliver Franck Muller again, too?