Not only is 2023 Frederique Constant’s 35th anniversary, it is also the 15th anniversary of the brand’s first Manufacture tourbillon movement, released in 2008 – and celebrating two anniversaries calls for two creations.
After a first rose gold version presented this spring, Frederique Constant is therefore continuing its 35th anniversary celebrations with two new editions of its Classic Tourbillon Manufacture in steel, with 350 of each version being made. These new variations are a further embodiment of the brand’s original recipe for success: providing Swiss made luxury watches at affordable prices.
The two timepieces unveiled offer variations in blue and silver, giving them a highly contemporary touch. The first features a sun-brushed midnight blue dial in a fully-polished steel case fitted with a matt blue alligator strap. The second strikes a different tone with a sun-brushed silver-coloured dial on the same strap. The individual number of each piece is marked on the tourbillon cage and engraved on the caseback, through which discerning collectors can admire the finishings on the FC-980 Manufacture movement – bevelling, beading, circular graining, straight-grained flanks and mirror polishing, all applied in the finest Swiss tradition.
Both models share the same DNA, including a 39mm case. Minimalist, contemporary decoration has been adopted for the dial and its slim hour-markers that are diamond-cut and applied by hand. The same technique has been used for the hands, resulting in a hand-polished finish.
Below the brand’s understated signature at 12 o’clock, an opening at 6 o’clock reveals the exquisite highlight of the timepiece: the tourbillon. The Manufacture has for the past 15 years enriched it with a silicon escape-wheel and pallet-lever. For the finishing touch in terms of precision, a central seconds hand complete with a stop seconds function glides over the tourbillon. The complication itself is visible through a window at 6 o’clock that offers an unparalleled and exhaustive view of the sophisticated escapement – with an additional perspective on its inner workings available from the reverse of the watch through a sapphire crystal.
May 17, 2023