Frederique Constant was born 32 years ago by Aletta and Peter Stas. The company got its name from their combined ones.
Frederique Constant may not be as steeped in history as it’s Swiss rivals. Most of them have been in operation for a long time. However, Frederique Constant has shown they’re just as expert at making watches.
4 years ago, Citizen acquired Frederique Constant and things have only got better since.
The Frederique Constant Catalogue
They offer a huge range. Men’s and women’s sizes are available, too.
This collection offers clean lines. The fresh design means they’re easily paired with most outfits.
One particular model that captures the classic aesthetic is the Auto FC-316MC5B9 ($1,995 / £1,529). This is a 37.5mm watch made in solid gold. It has auto movements and an impressive 38 hours of power on reserve.
There are 26 stones on this watch as well as sapphire crystal. At the 3 o’clock point there is a date display. There are Roman numerals marketing the hours.
Other models in the Classics collection include the Heart Beat Moonphase timepiece ($775.00 / £595.70). This shows you data for the phase of the moon. It’s 40mm with a stainless steel case plated with gold. There’s a sapphire crystal face which shows off the Roman numeral markers. It has a gorgeous leather strap.
Frederique Constant offers in house movements. This collection emerged in 2001 as a high-end offering. The mechanism inside these watches is incredibly precise.
One of the most impressive of the collection is the Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture FC-975S4H6. This 42mm watch is packed with 33 stones in the stainless steel case. They only released 88 of these. Possibly why it costs $9,995 / £7,665.
Another, more cost-effective watch from the Manufacture collection is the FC-710MC4H6 ($895 / £687). This is a self-winding automatic movement, in-house mechanical piece has a 42 hour power reserve and a sleek design with characteristic Roman numerals. It has a stainless steel case, leather strap and can be submerged to 50m.
Ladies Automatic collection
This collection offers a few different styles and they all come shining with diamonds.
The majority have a ‘double heartbeat’ design. This means two hearts that overlap at the 12 position.
The Double Heart Beat ($1,299 / £996) is a polished stainless steel option, coming in at 36mm. It has a white face with 6 diamonds and 3 indices in silver.
There are three models in this collection with auto movement. You can choose from a number of straps like blue leather, two-tone stainless steel or rose gold.
Horological Smartwatch Collection
This collection offers something a little smarter with a classic look.
The Horological smartwatch collection is a lovechild of handmade craftmanship and smartwatch technology. This differs from most smartwatches because it doesn’t have a digital display. It offers analogue time, but also information about sleep cycles and daily activities.
One example is the FC-285V5B4 ($549 / £421). It comes in a (rose) gold-plated stainless steel. It has a convex sapphire. First impressions suggest that this is a normal watch. It’s not. It’ll seamlessly sync with your iOS or Android smartphone.
When it comes to smartwatches, Frederique Constant tries to promote an active lifestyle. It lets users know data about their activities and sleep. It’ll deliver notifications and alarms as well as offering training advice.
This is an offering that came from a partnership between Frederique Constant and the Riva Historical Society. It’s pretty niche. It promotes the active efforts to conserve the Riva sport boat.
These watches are tributed to the well-known sports boat. There are three versions. One being the Runabout Automatic ($995 / £764). This is a limited edition at 2,888 available. It comes in 42mm of stainless steel. It has luminous indices and numbers for easy reading and offers 24hr military time on the inner rim. At the 6 position you’ll find a date window. The tribute to Riva comes in the form of their flag on the back of the case.
Vintage Rally Collection
This collection is for the outdoor type. It’s both robust and sporty.
The inspiration comes from the Austin Healy vintage car. For 15 years, Frederique Constant has released a limited edition once a year. Using the car brand, these watches mirror their commitment to precision and quality.
They’re uniquely designed to be good-looking as well as fitness-focussed. You can read them quickly and easily during active times. The Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph ($995 / £764) has boldly marked indices, luminous markers and a second counter. There’s a durable navy leather wristband to boot.
This collection is smooth and minimalist.
This is the more affordable of the Frederique Constant catalogue. You’ll easily find something for $500.
The Midsize ($549 / £421) has an elegant simplicity. Polished stainless steel with a matching silver dial. There are Roman numerals on the face, as you might come to expect. This model is one of the ultra-slim types, being 1.9mm thick.
You can opt for the Slimline Automatic Heart Beat ($995 / £764). This is a 40mm timepiece in stainless steel. It comes plated in rose gold, with matching indices. Men and women can get their hands on their favourite version.
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