One of the things for which Frederique Constant is known is its accessibly priced complications, whether this be something complex like a Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar, or something with a more simple complication, like their popular Worldtimer collection.
I called it ‘affordable luxury’ in the past and so it remains for many. The brand allows watch lovers who would like to experience various types of complications the ability to own one for much lower price point than the same complication(s) from other brands.
To mark a decade since the launch of its Classic Worldtimer Manufacture, Frederique Constant has launched two limited editions of this model – one in 18kt rose gold with a limitation of 88 pieces, and one in steel with a total of 1,888 pieces. They are both in a 42mm-sized case and come on a navy blue alligator strap with a folding buckle.
The dial is a combination of dark blue for the globe, in relief, and grey for the oceans. Local time is the central hands and the home time via the flange.
All indications are adjusted with the single crown, courtesy of three-notch system. The first winds the watch, the second adjusts the date (upwards) and the reference city (downwards), and the third adjusts the time in the central display.
For the stainless steel model the lumed indices are silver-coloured, the 24 hour disc is white for day and blue for night. The city disc is white, with twenty-four cities. The hands are hand-polished silver-colour, with the hour and minute hands lumed. The date sub dial at 6 o’clock has sunray guilloché decoration and a hand-polished silver color hand
For the rose gold model, apart from the 24 hour disc and city disc being the same, the rose-plated hour and minute hands are hand-polished and filled with lume, and the seconds hand is also gold-plated. There is the same date sub dial at 6 o’clock, only this time with a gold-plated hand.
As with the other current and previous members of this Worldtimer family, it is powered by the automatic Calibre FC-718, which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours. Visible through the open case back, it has perlage and Côtes de Genève.
The Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture 10th Anniversary rose gold model comes in limitation of 88 pieces with a price of EUR 16,995. The stainless steel model is limited to 1,888 pieces with price of EUR 3,895.
[Photo credit: Frederique Constant]