For such a young company, Frederique Constant has rapidly developed into one of the key players in the Swiss watch industry, making itself known as a tastemaker and innovator within the field. With an emphasis on accessible luxury that makes Swiss made watches available for a wider demographic, the brand nonetheless places significant emphasis on producing items of the utmost quality.
Founded in 1988 by Aletta Bax and Peter Stas, the brand released its first collection of six watches in 1992 to widespread acclaim. The brand plays a key role in the design of their watches, with each and every model carefully considered in relation to both historic and modern styles. Then, the watches themselves are produced by master Swiss watchmakers in Geneva, ensuring that Frederique Constant timepieces are of world-class quality both inside and out. As the centre of global horology, Geneva is a city synonymous with the watchmaking industry and it is for this reason that Frederique Constant chose the city for it’s HQ. Since the 17th century Geneva has been at the forefront of the industry and the city is home to many highly esteemed watchmaking schools. Indeed, it is no coincidence that most of Frederique Constant’s watchmakers were educated at schools in the city and in nearby La-Chaux-de-Fonds.
Today the Frederique Constant International Headquarters in located in a stunning complex within the city of Geneva. With over 3200 metres of workspace divided over four floors, the Frederique Constant workshop is a gorgeous working environment divded into sectors of movement component production, calibre assembly, watch assembly, and extensive quality control. Numerically-controlled and cutting edge watchmaking machines are situated in a large workshop in the lower ground floor, where all component creation is based. Calibre and watch assembly, as well as ultra modern quality control kit is primarily situated on the first floor of the new Frederique Constant HQ.
With exceptional attention to detail, Frederique Constant watches are timeless and classical all at once. Paying attention to tradition yet never without a dash of imaginative flair, Frederique Constant wristwatches are truly luxurious items created with the utmost care and consideration.
Currently, the brand’s most accessible wristwatch is the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture, a gorgeous 42mm automatic watch developed over a six year period by an in house team of experts and designers. The result is a throwback to 1930’s flyback chronographs, watches that allowed users to operate the stopwatch function without resetting it every time. With a highly complex movement featuring the brand’s trademark star shaped wheel, Frederique Constant’s Flyback Chronograph Manufacture is a marvel of ingenious yet sophisticated watchmaking. Essentially, this watch features the FC-760 – Mechanical self-winding movement which is 30 mm large and 7.9 mm thick. This movement is made of 233 parts and 32 jewels and runs at 28800 alt/h (4 Hz). This caliber displays Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph and features a Flyback Chronograph.
Another of Frederique Constant’s flagship timepieces is the Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, a fresh watch featuring the brand’s much talked about perpetual calendar mechanism. Designed by an in house team over two years, this movement is a triumph of ingenuity of the kind Frederique Constant has become renowned for. Featuring the brand’s standard FC-775 automatic mechanism for the time, the real brains of this timepiece come with the calendar function, which is adjusted using inset buttons on each side of the case. A masterpiece of simplicity and refinement, the Frederique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar comes in rose gold plated or stainless steel options that remain both luxurious and unfussy at the same time.
At the high end of the scale, Frederique Constant produce as good a luxury Swiss automatic watch as 99% of all brands. Indeed, the 18k Gold Classic Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture is a stunning example of Frederique Constant’s ability to produce a truly high end automatic watch using premium materials as well as ultra-sophisticated inner movements. This limited edition run of watches features a striking navy blue skeleton dial which allows wearers a glimpse at the complicated inner workings of this quite sumptuous timepiece. With a 42mm face, the watch case is made up of three parts and benefits from the super complex perpetual calendar mechanism as well as Frederique Constant’s signature in house FC-975 mechanism and automatic tourbillon.