Square-shaped timepieces have always held a special place in the history of watchmaking and remained the ideal classic dress watch until nowadays.
Chic and avant-garde, these two new Frederique Constant models are presented in two versions.
Firstly, a bi-colour stainless steel bearing a silver dial with a guilloché decoration and printed Roman numerals. The second piece comes in an elegant polished stainless-steel case decorated with a 34 diamonds setting on the sides and a white mother-of-pearl dial with printed roman numerals and a navy blue shiny croco calf leather strap.
Both timepieces are powered by an FC-200 quartz calibre displaying hours and minutes.
Frederique Constant reinforces its position as a classic brand by reviving such an iconic shape all the while adding delicate features that make it a true Frederique Constant feminine watch.
Frederique Constant introduces a new dark grey Classic Worldtimer Manufacture variation. The Worldtimer timepiece is a must-have for many watch aficionados allowing them to keep track of time everywhere in the world at once.
After the first Frederique Constant Worldtimer launch in 2012, the watch stood proudly as one of the brand’s best-selling Manufacture watches. Since then, the Worldtimer has come in a range of 11 models featuring a wide colour palette.
In 2019, yet another colour variation of this elegant and sophisticated traveling watch is unveiled: a dark grey design of the world map finely etched onto to the dial and the twenty-four cities on its outer rim make one wish for globe-trotting.
The date by hand at 6 o’clock makes the perfect addition to the Worldtimer function and further enhances the aesthetic of the watch. The indexes on each hour add to the dial’s readability, offering additional comfort when glancing at the time.
The new Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture comes in two models featuring a 42mm case in rose-gold-plated stainless steel or in stainless steel both limited to 718 pieces each.
The FC-718 caliber is an extraordinary piece of machinery; not only is it in-house designed, developed and produced, but its Worldtimer functions as well as the date are all adjustable via the crown, with no additional push-buttons. To easily set the watch, one must choose between three settings; the first lets the user wind the watch by turning the crown upwards; the second allows to set the date and city by turning the crown upwards and downwards respectively; and the third position enables the user to set the time by turning the crown downwards.
The timepiece displays two separate discs, one featuring a 24h day-night indicator and a second one with the twenty-four cities. As a Manufacture movement, the FC-718 caliber is decorated with Perlage and circular Côtes de Genève and holds a 42-hour power reserve. The dark grey timepiece is complete with a dark grey alligator leather strap with white stitches.
Ladies Classics Quartz watches
Frederique Constant presents three trendy timepieces within its entry price Classics collection.
Despite the time being easily available wherever you look either on your phone or computer most people feel naked and incomplete without a watch on their wrist. Watchmaking today is more than just telling time, it is about making a statement: each person wearing a watch is conveying a message, a style of choice. The new Ladies Classics Quartz watches combine traditional style, functionality and beauty.
From Classic to Contemporary
The new case has been adapted to a 36mm, feminine size, adding new aesthetics and edginess to the Ladies quartz timepieces. The watch is powered by the FC-220 quartz caliber, is water-resistant up to 50 metres and each model is distinguished by a silver colour dial with guilloché decoration, black printed roman numeral indexes, hand-polished black hands and a date window at 6 o’clock.
A simple uncluttered dial offers a timeless look, focusing on the essence of the watch and showing the time in hours and minutes.
Available in full stainless-steel or with a blue croco calf leather bracelet, the wearer could also choose the rose gold-plated case combined with an elegant black croco calf leather strap.
Frederique Constant will keep on promoting its mission to Make more people enjoy luxury adding a new touch of class.
Meteorite Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture timepiece
Frederique Constant launches one unique edition of its successful Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture watch in 18K rose gold featuring a blue tint Meteorite skeleton dial with a heartbeat opening at 6 o’clock, offering its wearer a precious glance at the watch’s complex mechanics.
eThe Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture timepiece embodies the founders’ visionary quest to render Swiss watchmaking savoir-faire and innovation more accessible.
In 2004, after a few years of research and development, Frederique Constant introduced its first in-house patented manufacture movement: the award-winning Heart Beat Manufacture Calibre. Four years later, the brand unveiled its first in-house manufacture Tourbillon, one of the industry’s most intricate complication based on the Heart Beat Manufacture calibre.
Later in 2016, to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Frederique Constant manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, another grande complication was created: the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar watch, paving the way for a new generation of Swiss Made complicated watches at an accessible price tag and becoming a beacon of the brand’s know-how and expertise.
Aiming to provide ultimate precision, the in-house automatic FC-975 movement is equipped with a silicium escapement wheel and anchor. This specific material counters problems caused by the effect of the earth’s gravity when the movement is in a vertical position and is resistant to temperature change.
This grand complication also bears a smart weight balance wheel and a delicate and even Tourbillon cage. Frederique Constant patented its Tourbillon cage composed of 80 components all produced with a precision of 1-2 micron (0.001-0.002 mm) thanks to its CNC machines. In order to achieve the highest degree of precision, small weights are added in the Tourbillon’s cage to obtain a perfect balance. When the Tourbillon is constructed, the cage’s stability is slightly off, as the escapement wheel and anchor are decentred. Frederique Constant added a “smart screw” system on the outer edge of the Tourbillon to equalize the weight and deliver a perfect balance within the cage, resulting in a more stable amplitude and rate.
Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic: the new signature timepieces
Iconic design by Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant unveils its new pieces within the Ladies Automatic collection introducing five new models adorned with diamonds, heart-pattern embossing and new metal bracelets according to each model. This emblematic design has been a renowned success for Frederique Constant over the years, becoming a true feminine expression of the brand’s interpretation of time.
The new Ladies Automatic
Two models are powered by the FC-303 automatic movement decorated with Colimaçon finishing in a 36mm slim and feminine case embellished with diamond-set bezel displaying hours, minutes, seconds and date at 3 o’clock. The watch is available in bi-color stainless-steel rose gold-plated bracelet or a blue alligator leather strap.
Additionally, there are three models powered by the FC-310 automatic movement which also has the Colimaçon decoration displaying the Double-Heart Beat aperture at 12 o’clock, protected by a convex sapphire crystal, where the beating automatic movement can be admired. Displaying hours, minutes and seconds and presented with a stainless steel or bi-color stainless steel rose gold-plated bracelet or navy blue alligator leather strap.
Both calibers are Swiss made with 26 jewels, beating at 28’000 alt per hour, offering a 38-hour power reserve and a water resistance up to 50 meters.
All the timepieces boast hand-applied Roman numerals on a sunray embossed dial, applied diamond indexes and hand-polished silver coloured or rose gold-plated hands.
Comfortable to wear, lightweight and easy to read, the collection pays tribute to the beauty and charm of femininity with utmost attention to detail.
On the beautiful sunny day of Wednesday, the 5th if June 2019, was the grand opening of Frederique Constant’s brand new Manufacture in Plans-les-Ouats Geneva, Switzerland.
In 2014, Niels Eggerding was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Commercial Director of the Frederique constant Group. Under his direction, the Frederique Constant increased its market share globally and successfully built a strong network of 3000 stores worldwide.
In 2018, Niels Eggerding was appointed Managing Director of Frederique Constant SA. He aims to ensure the continuation of the accessible luxury strategy, expand growth via the 2019 extension of the Manufacture in Plan-Les-Ouates Geneva. Moreover, to develop the Frederique Constant brand by using innovative in-house calibers, increasing high-tech smart watch modules and strengthing the Group’s presence around the globe for the years to come.
Mister Eggerding took the time out of his busy schedule and granted us an interview where he talks about the latest novelties released in Baselworld 2019 the brand new Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve.”
“Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve.”
The brand new “Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve”, is Frederique Constant’s 28th in-house caliber movement from their manufacture collection. This stunning timepiece features hours, minutes, date display at 6 o’clock and a power reserve of 50 hours all packed in a beautiful in-house movement.
The “Slimline 50-hours Power Reserve” is available in four models and boasts a 40mm case either in stainless steel or in rose gold-plated stainless steel with different dial colours (silver, dark grey or navy blue), Roman numerals and sunray decoration with hand polished white or black hands. The whole is made complete with an elegant alligator strap with a deployant clasp.
The result is a watch with a very classic looking feel and touch that provides the best quality-price power reserve function available on the Swiss made watch market.
Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher
Produced by Alberic Virchaux
The Manufacture Slimline 50-Hours Power Reserve contains the new in-house automatic calibre FC-723, with a 50-hour power reserve. This new complication represents FREDERIQUE CONSTANT’s 28th in-house caliber. The power reserve indicator is displayed prominently at the 10 o’clock position on the dial, including a highlighted red sector that indicates when it is time to either wind or wear the watch. The watch is being launched in four references, with 40 mm cases made of either stainless steel with a choice of silver, dark grey or navy blue dials, as well as rose gold plated steel with a silver dial. The dial is classic and minimalist in design, with elegant Roman numerals on the centre dial and Arabic numerals on the subdials, all without hash marks. The hand-polished leaf-shaped hands are either white or black.
Peter Stas founded in 1988, with his wife Aletta Stas-Bax, the watch company Frederique Constant. The manufacture’s initial strategy was to focus its energy on classic luxury watches at an affordable price.
We discussed, on location, at their booth in Baselworld 2018, the brand’s heritage, the brand’s values, this year’s novelties and more.
If you always wanted to know what it takes to combine Swiss Made fine Mechanical watchmaking with Smartwatch functionality.
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Interviewed by Alberic Virchaux
Innovation is one of our important Brand Values and since it’s beginning in 1988, the Frederique Constant brand continuously innovated. We invested massively in this domain to offer creativity and outstanding technical features in our timepieces. Every year, Frederique Constant continues to add movements to its in-house collection; and this year is no exception. Designed in keeping with classical watchmaking principles, updated with innovative 21st century techniques, the new Hybrid Manufacture by Frederique Constant combines Swiss Made fine Mechanical watchmaking with Smartwatch functionality.
Revolution in Swiss Watch Industry, Frederique Constant combines three unique technologies ever in Swiss watchmaking. Hence the 3.0, the Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture combines:
2) SMART WATCH FUNCTIONS, and
3) CALIBER ANALYTICS.
QUOTE PETER STAS: “We were the first Swiss Watch Manufacturer to introduce the Horological Smart Watch in 2015. Now, we are the first to combine a Manufacture Mechanical Caliber with Smartwatch functionality.”