Frederique Constant grows its Classics Index Automatic assortment with three newcomers and returns to the Heart Beat in two emphasess. Consistent with its mantra of ‘available extravagance’, the watches highlight controlled extents, exemplary styling, a stepped design in the middle to propose guilloché, automatic types, and, here’s the trick, a sticker price that sets them in an alternate group from most regarded Swiss watchmakers. FC’s message that quality isn’t indicative with costs that compete with your home loan is getting stronger and more clear by the day.
Classics Index Automatic
Touted by the brand as a ‘men of their word’s watch’, the name of this specific family essentially summarizes its ascribes. Deeply exemplary and adorned with rich Roman numerals and lists, the Classics Index Automatic family is a conventional 40mm dress watch with focal hours, minutes, seconds and a date window at 3 o’clock. The cleaned two-section case comes in either tempered steel on a steel arm band, or rose gold-plated steel on a leather tie. The controlled breadth of the watch will fit most men’s wrists well and the profile of the watch is likewise moderate, coming in at just shy of 10mm.
The curiosity here has nothing to do with the plan of the case or the development – which have not been contacted – it is about the shading plan on the dial. Keeping up its rich moderation, the dial plays with differentiating surfaces for a more refined look and more prominent readability. The new steel variant shows a stylish naval force blue dial and, to add a bit of old-school artfulness, the focal point of the dial is enriched with a “Clous de Paris” hobnail guilloché design (which is stepped and not physically done).
The other two models in rose gold-plated steel come with a light dark or a naval force blue dial and every one of the three showcase the hand-applied Roman numerals at XII, II, IV, VI, VIII and X alongside the applied lists. The rich leaf-molded hands are hand-cleaned and coordinate the metal of the case. Orbiting the hours and isolating them genuinely and outwardly from the minutes track is an attractive raised ribbing, repeating the ribbing that encompasses the guillochage in the middle. With regards to its dress watch soul, the tie accompanying the gold-plated models is produced using calf leather with crocodile scales and matches the shading plan of the dial.
The Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic is controlled by a self-winding development, the calibre FC-303, the interior name of the Sellita SW-200, an ETA clone with a 38h force hold and 4Hz recurrence. Its exactness and dependability are demonstrated and it takes care of business totally consistently. Furthermore, the utilization of a remotely sourced development (and not the in-house development of the brand) holds the cost down. Going from EUR 850 for the steel to EUR 1,050 for the gold-plated models, the Classics Index Automatic are competing for a thick cut of the mid-range market.
Classics Index Automatic Heart Beat
In 1994 FC dispatched a watch with a gap at 12 o’clock to uncover the equilibrium wheel. Known as the Heart Beat, the plan was imagined to accentuate the presence of its automatic development. In a takeoff from the marginally more resplendent Heart Beat models with a ventured bezel and date in the current list, the two new Heart Beats receive the more calm forms and moderate styling of the Classics Index Automatic family.
Like its kin portrayed over, the Heart Beat comes in a similar 40mm treated steel or rose gold-plated steel case and highlights similar embellishing themes and numerals on the dial. The principle distinction is the consolidation of a huge opening offering a perspective on the beating heart. The gap is outlined in a similar shading metal as the case and the date window has been eliminated.
Fitted with a rethought automatic development – FC-310, in view of a Sellita – beating at 28,800vph, the watch has a force save of 38 hours. The treated steel model comes on a dark Croco calf leather tie while the rose gold-plated adaptation comes on a dim earthy colored Croco lash. The steel variant retails for EUR 1,250, the rose gold-plated for EUR 1,450.
More data on these two models and online orders at www.frederiqueconstant.com .