Some special occasions call for an elegant dress watch, and that’s where Frederique Constant’s collection of Classic watches tick every box imaginable. The designs are sophisticated enough to wear with an elegant evening ensemble, reliable enough thanks to their beautifully manufactured in-house movements, yet smart enough to be combined with casual attire at the weekend. The dial of a Classic Manufacture watch from Frederique Constant is simple and straightforward, whilst at the same time offering something a little more than the standard three handed design. The Swiss company’s expert team of watchmakers combine their years of experience with a keen eye for detail when creating these beautifully composed timekeeping instruments. The designs are a blend of hand-applied technique and cutting edge technology.
Every Frederique Constant Classic watch is developed in Plans-les-Ouates, Switzerland. The cases are cut and shaped from robust materials and integrated with water resistant technology that allows the gentleman to get on with everyday tasks without concerning himself with taking his watch off to protect it. Anti reflective and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass is used for the front lens of each watch and in some designs is repeated on the back of the case, where an exhibition caseback provides a clear view into Frederique Constant’s world of manufacture.
Frederique watches will appeal to those with a love for haute horology, complications and hand finishes. The designs stand for everything important in a quality timekeeping tool – reliability, longevity and performance. Those from the Classic Manufacture collection are a comfortable size and are enough to create wrist presence without dominating an outfit. The black-dialled versions are sleek and stylish, whereas those with a silver or white dial are perfect for pairing with any smart suit and wearing in the office. For a dress watch, the diameter of the Classic Manufacture’s case is reasonably large to respect proportions, so as to look and feel comfortable on the wrist. The lugs are short and rather slim however, respecting the elegant fonts and markers on the main dial. The date feature on a Frederique Constant Classic Manufacture watch is rather distinct. In the form of a ring, it is far more elegant than the familiar date window usually seen at 3 o’clock in many watch designs. Just like the main dial, it has a hand of its own and the dial blends into the main hour track, taking the place of the sixth hour.
The Frederique Constant Classic watch from our collection with a 42mm black Roman numeral dial, demonstrates how the Swiss manufacturer balances beauty with performance in equal measure. The timepiece is well proportioned with a date ring at the south of the dial and elongated Roman numerals positioned around the periphery of the dial. A 42mm diameter is highlighted by a polished stainless steel bezel finished in a mirror-like polish. A set of lugs lead to a black leather strap that will look stylish with any suit or casual jeans and shirt combo. Like all Classic Manufacture watches, this Frederique Classique timepiece is perfect for adding to any established collection of sophisticated automatic wristwatches.