Though generally youthful (31 years of age), Frederique Constant has demonstrated to be perhaps the most innovative brands in the field of “accessible luxury”. In three many years, the brand has figured out how to make various assortments and to carry complications to the majority. Most amazing aspect all, the brand even has a few watches driven by its own developments, following the presentation in 2004 of its in-house base type. Today, the freshest piece in the assortment makes a big appearance the brand’s 29th type and a revived presentation. If it’s not too much trouble, welcome the new Frederique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture.
In 2004, Frederique Constant chose to venture up its game with the production of its own in-house development, to offer selectiveness to its watches and to have a motor that could incorporate various presentations and complications, without depending on ETA and the preferences. Quick forward to 2019… In 15 years, Frederique Constant’s assortment has developed to an amazing portfolio with a portrayal of the greater part of the most popular complications: moonphase , schedule , world-time , ceaseless schedule , tourbillon ( or both ), chronograph , power save, and more. Today, it is the 29th in-house type that the brand is presenting – which isn’t shy of an accomplishment. What’s more, obviously, still with the standard “accessible luxury” soul of the brand.
The combination of a moon stage and a date isn’t new for Frederique Constant. It even is one of its most exemplary presentations – right around a mark piece for the brand. The Classics Moonphase Manufacture is a watch that we inspected in its first form a couple of years prior. It included a reasonable and rich showcase, comprising H-M-S on the focal hub and a solitary sub-dial at 6 o’clock with a date by hand and a moonphase sign in its middle. That equivalent presentation was utilized in the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture , a more contemporary and sleeker interpretation of the concept.
For 2019, the Frederique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture advances and presents another presentation, which means a refreshed development to control it. The thought with this new form was to part the two extra signs – date and moon – in two isolated sub-dials, situated at 3 o’clock (moon) and 9 o’clock (date) rather than a solitary counter at 6 o’clock. Also, in the metal, that new presentation changes the watch rather radically, with a completely unique equilibrium. Note that this “split display” was at that point presented in 2017 on the advanced molded Slimline Moonphase Manufacture .
As for the actual plan, Frederique Constant plays here on the safe however proficient side. The new, 2019 Classics Moonphase Manufacture depends on plan codes that have been utilized – and enjoyed – in the past effectively, for example, the prolonged Roman numerals and the dainty leaf-formed hands – a theme utilized here, for example . Traditional without a doubt, yet the outcome is shockingly rich and gives the impression of a genuine extravagance watch – however for a negligible part of the price.
Three variants of the refreshed Frederique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture will be accessible at dispatch. The first is a conventional combination of a cleaned steel case with a silver-hued grained dial with dark Roman numerals, hands and lash. The subsequent adaptation includes similar dial and hands, however this time with a rose gold-plated case and an earthy colored lash. To wrap things up, the third form of the Classics Moonphase Manufacture plays on more current codes with a cleaned steel case, a sunray blue dial with white numerals and hands and a blue lash – the most persuading model regarding the three for us.
The instance of the Frederique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture is equivalent to utilized previously, with its 42mm distance across, its soft surfaces with arched lines, rather heavy carries and an onion-molded crown. While being on the bigger side for a dress(y) watch, the watch wears comfortably on the wrist and offers an outwardly adjusted presentation that is proportioned to the width of the watch – the sub-dials are adequately dispersed to fill the dial entirely.
Powering this development of the date and moon Classics is Frederique Constant’s 29th type in the FC-700 family. This programmed development offers 38 hours of force save (marginally short, however the programmed winding compensates) and advantages from its inward improvement to permit all the changes in accordance with be finished by the crown, maintaining a strategic distance from inelegant recessed pushers in the casebands. Noticeable through the caseback (we couldn’t shoot the development, sadly), the new type FC-712 highlights decent enrichments, for example, perlage, round Geneva stripes, blued screws and a plated rotor.
The new Frederique Constant Classics Moonphase Manufacture is a decent development of the brand’s signature show. Not surprisingly, it offers incredible incentive for cash, as costs range from EUR/CHF 2,595 for the steel models or EUR/CHF 2,895 for the gold-plated model. More subtleties at frederiqueconstant.com .