Since decades Frédérique Constant is a natural choice for those who prefer ‘accessible luxury’. The brand presented anniversary limited editions, watches in their Classics Collection, as well as other novelties this spring. We selected two timepieces to show you.
Frédérique Constant kicked off the spring with a very nice lunch on a sunny Zürich day in the Pavilion of the Widder Hotel – with the lead of the CEO Niels Eggerding. The manufacture also presented their novelties during the busy days of the Geneva Watch Week in a no less attractive setting at the Beau Rivage in Geneva.
Classics Worldtimer Manufacture
Frédérique Constant celebrates the 10th anniversary of one of their most important timepieces, the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture. Already back in 2012 the aim of the brand’s Technical Director & Master Watchmaker Pim Koeslag was clear – to offer a reliable, easy-to-use, easy-to-wear watch with a world-timer complication in a reasonable price range. The timepiece displays the time for 24 cities, adjusted only by the crown. Two discs around the globe indicate which cities are currently experiencing night or day – a dark blue coloured disc for the night and a white for the day.
The crown operates the so-called three-notch system of the automatic FC-718 calibre. The first winds the watch; the second adjusts the date (upwards) and the reference city (downwards) and the third adjusts the time in the central display. You can see the FC-718 manufacture movement through the open back of the timepiece.
The two anniversary editions are limited: the first in an 18k pink gold 42 mm case, with a production of just 88 watches and the second in steel comprising 1888 pieces. Both models’ dial features deep blue oceans, grey continents, the date displayed on a blue sunray guilloché sub-dial, and other blue-grey-white details. Only the GMT ‘divider’ (GMT -1, +1) is marked with red. The navy blue alligator strap completes the bluish tones.
On the occasion of the anniversary the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture became an NFT – a Non-Fungible Token, a first for the company. It is a digital asset within a contract published on the blockchain, guaranteeing the ownership of the asset, in this case of the watch. The first 50 limited edition NFT watches will be offered for free to some lucky owners of the physical watch.
Frédérique Constant will also grant the owners access to a series of exclusive benefits (like a preview of novelties, access to the brand’s Manufacture Experience or the possibility to create a limited-edition physical watch, in collaboration with the other owners of the NFT. Discover more details here).
The creation and distribution of exclusive NFTs of the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture will be entrusted to Rarecubes, a Geneva-based studio specialised in blockchain technology.
Highlife Ladies Automatic
At the end of last year Frédérique Constant launched a great timepiece for women, the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture, which we covered here.
Now the brand has two new adaptations of the Highlife Ladies Automatic. The 34mm watch featuring the automatic FC-303 calibre is already a hit among women preferring a super wearable everyday watch with a mechanical movement and nice and lasting design.
The two models add more sparkle to the batch. One is entirely plated with yellow gold (bracelet, indexes and hands) with eight diamond hour-markers, the other is for those who like to mix and match their jewellery and accessories too – a gold-plated and steel model, with an alternation of tones, metals and finishes. The brand applied a wide range of finishes alternating between matt and polished surfaces. The curved case is satin-brushed for example, while the comfortable metal bracelet alternates two satin-finished links with a polished central link.
Both models are delivered with a second strap in white rubber featuring a gold-plated pin buckle – you can easily opt for a more casual look, by changing the strap without any tool (just press the two pins at the back of the strap, next to the case and release it).
The silver-colour dial has the globe decoration – a signature of the Highlife line.