50 Hours Of Awesome, The New Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve Manufacture
Introducing the Swiss manufacture’s 28th in-house caliber, with a remarkable 50-hour power reserve.
As anyone who’s ever gone to a formal event knows, there’s a lot of work that goes into looking effortlessly elegant. And Frederique Constant’s new Slimline Manufacture range has put plenty of thought into making you look good and keeping you on time!
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
On the face of things, the Slimline Manufacture range looks like a classic dress watch. There are four models that come in either in a 40mm stainless steel or rose gold-plated stainless steel case. And there are three different dial colors (silver-white for both case options, and dark grey and deep navy blue for the steel). The hours are indicated with Roman numerals and sunray decoration with hand polished white or black feuille hands. All versions come on a supple alligator strap with a deployant clasp.
The effect is refined but there is one sign that there is something special under this dignified façade. At the 10 o’clock position, sits a power reserve indicator with a red sector indicating that it’s time to put the watch on or to wind it.
The secret of the Slimline Manufacture Frederique Constant is its 50-hour power reserve — an extraordinary feat for a dress watch. It’s also the company’s first watch with a power reserve indicator.
But it’s not Frederique Constant’s first time at the ball. In fact, this is the brand’s 28th in-house caliber. Using its FC-703 as a base, the manufacture added a Power Reserve module to create this new FC-723 Manufacture automatic caliber. And for a fine finish, the movement has been decorated with perlage and Côtes de Genève finishes.
Of course, one of the most engaging things about all Frederique Constant watches is the value. The watchmaker is able to offer high complications because they design and produce their movements in-house. Coupled with the fact that the brand produces key components while buying others from a network of subcontractors. The assembly of the movement, the casing, and all the controls are done in-house. Plus, Frederique Constant takes smaller margins on every sale, giving the ultimate value to collectors.
This value proposition is ever-present in the new Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve Manufacture. These mighty 50-hour power reserve models are available in three polished stainless steel models priced at $3,195 and a final version in rose gold plated case priced at $3,495.
Photography by Liam O'Donnell