Celebrating its 30th commemoration, Frederique Constant wowed the groups in Paris with its twofold complication at an incredible cost. Indeed, Frederique Constant adheres to its motto of ‘available extravagance’ and demonstrates that gaining a quality, manufacture watch with complications doesn’t mean selling your home. Frederique’s Constant QP Tourbillon Manufacture scorns the practice of hyper-costly complications and offers its own, in-house take on this exemplary complication for an extravagantly contained price. As the zenith and feature of all the innovation FC has amassed throughout the long term, the Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon is outfitted with the new programmed FC-975 in-house development. Introduced in three distinct metals and with an openworked or shut dial, the one everyone will zone in on is the hardened steel competitor with a superb sticker price of EUR 19,495.
Peter and Aletta Stas established FC in 1988 and to date have 27 types added to their repertoire – a serious accomplishment! The distinct advantage for a few was the improvement of their first in-house development. Divulged in 2004, the Heart Beat Manufacture Movement uncovered the palpitating heart or equilibrium wheel through a cut-out on the dial – a mark show at FC.
In 2008 the brand dispatched its first in-house tourbillon with a silicon escapement wheel, and by 2016, the brand increased the complexity risk and came out with an in-house perpetual calendar watch retailing for under EUR 8,000 – which took the breath away every other QP available (you can find out about how it compares to other perpetual calendars available in this article ). In 2017 this specialized accomplishment was trailed by a Flyback Chronograph retailing for EUR 3,990. Great, right?
A Corpulent Case and a Classic Dial
Four minor departure from the theme – shut dial in a steel case, shut dial in a rose gold-plated case, openworked dial in 18k rose gold and openworked dial in steel – comprise the line-up and are totally restricted versions. The three-section case estimating 42mm highlights a wide, ventured bezel and an unmistakable onion crown, and is indistinguishable from the case we as of late saw on the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture . On the off chance that 42mm sounds huge, possibly it’s an ideal opportunity to reconsider. Huge is back; at any rate as per the FHH Journal and its pattern guaging article.
Polished to a high sparkle, the husky case is a lot of a piece of the character of this watch. The ‘shut dials’ are silver in shading and show Frederique Constant’s exemplary bowed and highlight huge printed Roman numerals, a clous de Paris guilloché adornment in the focal point of the dial and the perpetual calendar signs organized in three auxiliary counters with a snailed foundation. Months and jump year marker are at 12, date at 3 and day of the week at 9 o’clock. In pride of spot, the tourbillon confine is housed in an enormous gap at 6 o’clock uncovering its blued screws and silicium escapement and a dark cleaned hand for the little seconds.
The openworked dials are undeniably more contemporary in soul. In spite of the fact that you can see where the three sub-dials are appended to the minutes track and to each other, the impact is even more emotional than the shut dial, permitting a perspective on the base plate with its roundabout graining and blued screws.
With a lasting mission of cost-regulation, one may contemplate whether any easy routes have been taken underneath deck and whether the completions are on a standard with the significance of the complications. Truly, we are not looking at the refined hand-completions of world class brands, however the enhancement is right with roundabout graining and Geneva waves. With 188 components vitalizing the capacities, the brand realized that it couldn’t compromise with less expensive components and rather depended on best in class innovation to accomplish its end.
With its postgraduate education of vertical combination, FC had the option to industrialize/automate the whole creation of the tourbillon. The pen, produced using 80 microscopic components with an exactness of 1-2 micron, was made by CNC machine and quickly licensed by FC. Fitted with a silicium escapement haggle, which guarantee great erosion properties (no oil required), the material is light, solid, hostile to attractive and impervious to temperature changes adding to more prominent dependability and an increment of chronometric results over time. A pleasant touch is that each tourbillon confine is numbered on the top plate to coordinate the restricted release number on the case.
The perpetual calendar module, dispatched in 2016 is a basic perpetual calendar, however equipped for playing out all the stunts: taking into account the long stretch of February during typical years (with 28 days) and during jump years (with 29 days), just as giving the day, date, month and even jump years. Changes are done by means of pushers in the casebands and, as per the brand, the perpetual calendar complication will not need any manual revision for a very long time. The Automatic Caliber FC-975 beats at a recurrence of 28,800 alt/h and has a force hold of 38 hours – marginally on the short side for a watch you would prefer not to see run running on empty. Almost certainly that is the reason there is a watch winder confine the press pack pictures. Altogether the QP Tourbillon Manufacture is a great item at a value we are not used to finding in this classification. Going on like this, amassing many more than one complication, what’s next at FC? Brief repeater, perhaps?
The 18k rose gold QP Tourbillon Manufacture with an openworked dial and an earthy colored gator lash retails for EUR 29,995 and is a restricted release of 30 watches. The treated steel model with an openworked dial comes on a dark crocodile tie, retails for EUR 20,995 and is restricted to 88 pieces. The shut dial model in steel on a dark crocodile lash retails for EUR 19,495 while the rose gold-plated variant on an earthy colored gator tie retails for EUR 19,995, the two models are restricted versions of 88 pieces each. For more data, kindly visit www.frederiqueconstant.com .
If you’re on the lookout for a perpetual calendar tourbillon watch, other alternatives could be:
- IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar “Edition 150 Years” – EUR 110,000 – positively, the adornment and completing are considerably more progressed, yet we’re not talking about evident Haute Horlogerie with hand-made enhancement on the development either…
- Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel ( see here ) – EUR 143,000 – once more, a substantially more progressed watch as far as specialized arrangements and beautification of the development. Here, the extensions and tourbillon are hand-cleaned and parts are hand-wrapped up. Be that as it may, once more, the cost isn’t the same… at all
- And more at Breguet , Blancpain, A. Lange & Söhne or Patek Philippe, all north of EUR 150,000.
With its Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture, Frederique Constant has made its own (specialty) market: the open haute-complication. Unquestionably, it has nothing to do with the previously mentioned watches regarding specialized arrangements, enrichment and notoriety, yet, it offers the equivalent functions.