Many of you will recall the 2013 launch of the rather handsome (and rather popular) Slimline Moonphase from Frédérique Constant with the in-house Calibre FC-705 movement.
Now, on the heels of their announcement a few months ago that they will expand their current Manufacture at Plan-les-Ouates in order to increase their movement making capabilities, Frédérique Constant have just announced a new (and also rather attractive) ‘Slimline Moonphase Manufacture’ model, powered by a new in-house movement, the FC-702.
These new launch models come in a 38.8mm case in either stainless steel or with rose-gold plating, with a dial in either black or silver, with hand-applied rose gold-plated or silver indices, and matching hand-polished rose gold-plated or silver hands.
Along with a new Slimline Moonphase and new movement also comes a new dial layout. The moonphase and date indication are no longer consolidated at 6 o’clock but come in a dual counter format, with the former at 3 o’clock and date counter at 6 o’clock. Both the date and moonphase functions are adjustable from the crown.
They will have an open sapphire case back through which you can see the new Calibre FC-702, which has perlage and circular Côtes de Genève decoration. The new movement beats at 28,800VPH and has a power reserve of forty-two hours.
Each of the new watches comes on a black or dark brown alligator leather strap with a metal-matched buckle.
The 2013 Slimline Moonphase model was a justifiably well-received and liked watch. These new models, with their dial tweaks on back of a new movement, are also good looking dress watches in the same vein, and the split of the two functions will no doubt appeal to many both for pure aesthetic reasons but possibly because of ‘at a glance’ legibility as well. I look forward to seeing these ‘in the metal’.