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Owen & Robinson’s guide to Frederique Constant Watches


Geneva-based watchmaking company, Frederique Constant develops affordable luxury wristwatches with intricate in-house developed movements. Their tourbillon models and perpetual calendar complications are a true work of art and have been praised globally for their technical sophistication and their refined look. Popular models belong to the Manufacture and the Slimline collection, appealing to lovers of dress watches as well as fans of the classic chronograph and those who like to get their money’s worth out of a watch.


History

Established in 1888 Aletta Bax and Peter Stas had one shared vision in mind – to create beautiful affordable luxury wristwatches for the modern-day lady and gent. Their first collection in 1992 comprised 6 models that were fitted with Swiss movements hand-assembled by a watchmaker in Geneva. Today Frederique Constant is involved in every stage of watch production, from the initial pencil sketches of a watch to the prototype, to the final assembly. Computer aided design software is combined with traditional watchmaking techniques at the company’s facilities to assist with each watch’s design and developmental process.


Which Frederique Constant watch to choose;

If you’re undecided as to which Frederique Constant watch is the right fit for you, a browse through our collections should help. We’ve hand-selected a few timepieces from each of the manufacturer’s three main collections; the Slimline, the Horological Smartwatch and the Classics range. Our collection provides an overview of Frederique Constant’s top picks from designs like the limited edition Runabout -a timeless model that honours the legacy of Riva Runabout yachts, to the “no-frills” Slimline Automatic watch – a simplistic to-handed dial design with a date feature at 3 o’clock. Frederique constant men’s watches include the likes of Slimline Classics boasting the iconic Breguet-style hands priced at around £1,100 to the ultra-modern rose gold Horological Smartwatch priced at around £700.


The Collections:

Classics

Breguet or feuille hands, elegantly crafted to a fine point, Roman numeral hour tracks and beautifully textured guilloche dials are characteristics of the Frederique Constant Classics collection. The Classic Index models are proportionately laid out so that they are both easy to reference the time from and able to exude a minimalist and purist look upon the wrist, making them the perfect models to wear as a dress watch. Stainless steel and rose gold versions of the Classic Index watch are available, both versions of which feature a three handed dial design with a date display located at the 3 o’clock location. Brown and black leather straps make for a slightly more smart-casual look, whilst the 5 link bracelet designs are perfect for pairing with a professional suit during the week. There are also a number of options that tell the time via slim baton indexes on a white or black dial of your choosing. Craftsmen at Frederique Constant have chosen the self-winding caliber FC-303 (based on the SW200-1 movement by Sellita) to power these sophisticated timepieces.

If we consider the Index models to be the backbone to the Classics collection, similar signature hallmarks can therefore be appreciated throughout the rest of the family. Other Frederique Constant watches from the range include the Flyback Chronograph model, equipped with the FC-760 movement sealed inside a 30 meter water resistant steel case. Instead of stopping the timer and resetting it before starting a new timing, the Chronograph Flyback watch enables you to reset the stopwatch hand to zero while it’s running by pushing one of the push-pieces only once. Its classic black dial features chronograph sub-dials, luminous coated minute and hour hands and a stylish black leather strap. For the ladies, the Frederique Constant Classics Art Deco collection, confined to just 9 models, boasts an instantly recognisable design. Its oval-shaped case enhances a svelte feminine profile for wearing on the lady’s wrist. Available in gold, steel or bi-colour versions and with rounded case shapes as an option too, luxurious elements like diamond-set bezels and traditional-looking Roman numeral hour markers define these stunning quartz powered watches perfectly. Their three-part highly polished cases matched on metal bracelets or smooth leather straps, double-up as pieces of jewellery for those special occasions.


Horological Smartwatch

Catapulting itself into the 21st century. Frederique Constant bring their traditional watchmaking techniques into a new realm of technology. The Frederique Constant Smartwatch is packed with innovative features enabling you to track your activities, remind you to be more active during the day, or monitor your sleep patterns. If you’re the health-conscious type who likes to stay up-to-date with new ways to improve your lifestyle, you’re going to love the Horological Smartwatch. And if you’re not particularly a “morning person” you’ll be glad to hear there’s even an option to enable the Smartwatch to wake you gently in time for work each morning. If you get an email or a call, the watch will tell you. If you need to travel, you can set it up to display home time and local time, thanks to a precise world time option. It’s developed to sync flawlessly with your smartphone (iOS and Android) via Bluetooth and is available in both a men’s and women’s version.


Slimline

Lastly, the Slimline collection by Frederique Constant as its namesake suggests, comprises a selection of models built with incredibly slim profiles making them the perfect addition to wear with business attire for a discreet yet classic look. Not only is there a high level of skill required in the construction of the case itself, but also in the dimensions of the movement itself that sits within it. There are a number of models for men and women belonging to this popular collection. The 2016 Slimline Perpetual Calendars powered by the FC-775 movement feature elements like rose gold finished sub-dial trims with matching hour indexes and hands, a moonphase display, month feature, day feature, date feature and leap year function. The Ladies Slimline Heart Beat Automatic model features a rich blue dial with a circular open-heart window at 12 o’clock exposing a slice of its automatic movement from the dial side. The Slimline Gents Small seconds watch is another popular model from the Frederique Constant Slimline collection. It features a classic two-handed dial layout, discreet hour indexes, a small second dial at 6 o’clock and a practical date feature at 3 o’clock.