Frederique Constant has announced a new model to their Highlife collection, combining a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it is because this combination has been done by them before. In 2018 they launched a Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture with a silver coloured dial (both standard dials and skeletonised ones), in stainless steel and rose gold. Then there was the special Classic Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Blue edition, launched to mark the opening of a new building.
This new limited edition is available in two variants – an 18k rose gold model, and a stainless steel version.
Both cases are 41mm with a thickness of 12.65m and 30m water resistance. They feature a mix of brushed and polished finishing.
The Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture’s dial is very classically organised, with four recessed counters.
At 12 o’clock is the sub dial showing the month (large hand) and leap year indication (small hand). At o’clock are the days of the month, at 9 o’clock are the days of the week, and the tourbillon, with a small seconds hand, is the tourbillon.
Powering it, and visible on both sides of the watch, is the automatic in-house Calibre FC-975. It has a silicon escapement wheel and anchor, beats at 28,800 VPH, and has a power reserve of 38 hours. It features perlage and Côtes de Genève.
The two variants’ open dials have a blue theme, contrasting with the rhodium-plated movement.
The dials have navy blue outer rings with white printed second markers. The rose gold model has rose gold-plated hands with lumed hour and minute hands and all other non-lumed hands are also hand-polished rose gold-plated.
For the stainless steel model, again the outer rings are navy blue, with white printed seconds markers, and the and-polished silvered hands for the hour and minutes, lumed. All other hands are also hand-polished and silver.
The new Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture comes in a limitation number of 30 pieces for the rose gold model and 88 for the stainless steel model. Each one comes with two straps.
The rose gold version comes on a navy blue alligator leather strap, with a second navy blue rubber strap. The stainless steel model comes on a stainless steel bracelet with brushed and polished finishing and includes a second navy blue rubber strap.
The rose gold Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Limited rose gold has an RRP of EUR 39,995 and the RRP for the stainless steel model is EUR 22,995.
[Photo credit: Frederique Constant]