Frederique Constant has always been a brand that has pleasantly surprised many with its ingenuity and innovation. For the second edition of Geneva Watch Days, they managed to do the same when they premiered the Slimline Monolithic Manufacture along with the limited edition of Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds and Runabout Chronograph Automatic and redesigned version of Highlife Collection and its newest innovation - Highlife Automatic Skeleton.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we could not travel for the physical event but virtual sessions for the Indian media was planned with much precision and information giving us an opportunity to not just view the watch but also ask the necessary questions to better understand the insights and experiences of the watchmakers.
Here is the rundown of the latest novelties from Frederique Constant:
Slimline Monolithic Manufacture:
One of the major releases this year form the Swiss watch brand is the Slimline Monolithic Manufacture. Redefining the principles of mechanical watch regulation, the new watch is equipped with a manufacture movement that has been successful in replacing a regular 26 components assortment with one piece of oscillator. This single piece is instrumental in offerring better reliability and performance. This movement is the 30th in-house manufacture movement from Frederique Constant – a first in the world to boats a 40Hz frequency at an accessible price range.
Other details of the watch includes 40mm round case set with elegant and classic dial with guilloché hobnail pattern, printed Roman numerals paired with Breguet-style hands. The collection is available in three variations and limited editions; stainless steel with a blue dial, stainless-steel with a silver colour dial and rose gold with silver colours dial. All of these versions are available in a limited edition of 81 pieces.
Stainless-steel (Blue Dial): INR 3.85 lakh (approx.)
Stainless-steel (White Dial): INR 3.85 lakh (approx.)
18K Rose Gold: INR 12.84 lakh (approx.)
Highlife Automatic Skeleton:
After the reinvigoration of the 1999 Highlife collection with a redesigned case and an interchangeable integrated strap, Frederique Constant brings us a bolder and elegant line that is modern with a distinctive design – the Highlife Automatic Skeleton. Made for every wrist, the watch offers a skeletonised dial that offers peek into the mechanical wonder beating at the heart of the watch.
The 2021 Higlife Automatic Skeleton is available in two versions; stainless steel and stainless-steel in titanium PVD coating. Powered by the FC-310 automatic movement clocking in a power reserve of 38 hours, the Highlife Skeleton Automatic comes in a limited edition of 888 pieces.
Stainless-steel: INR 1.92 lakh (approx.)
Stainless-steel in titanium PVD: INR 1.92 lakh (approx.)
Runabout Chronograph Automatic:
Like many brands who unveiled travel watches at Geneva Watch Days, Frederique Constant was also one of them. The Swiss watch brand extended an invitation to travel and to have your feet in the water and your head in the stars with the launch of the Runabout Chronograph Automatic.
Limited to just 888 pieces, the collection features two 42mm models in polished stainless steel and polished rose gold plated stainless steel adorned with a navy blue dial with guilloche decoration. The dial also features silver and rose gold plated indexes, respectively. Both the watches are powered by the automatic FC-392 caliber with a power reserve of 55 hours.
The limited edition Runabout Chronograph Automatic comes strapped to a navy blue calf leather strap.
Stainless steel: INR 2.40 lakh (approx.)
Rose-gold plated: INR 2.48 lakh (approx.)
All watches are available here.