Perpetually Slim: The New Frederique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture
Frederique Constant is one of the few Swiss brands that keeps surprising us with innovative but affordable watches.
Always aiming to create better pieces for a great value, Frederique Constant continues to innovate and offer accessible luxury watches to collectors.
In house movements, but affordable
If the past few years weren’t proof enough, Frederique Constant should be your go-to brand if you want a complicated watch but still afford college for your kids. From the regular hour-minute watch, passing by the 50-hour power reserve, and going up to a tourbillon, Frederique Constant has something for everyone.
This past June Frederique Constant just celebrated the opening of their new manufacture in the heart of Plan-les-Ouates. So, what better way to showcase their commitment to watchmaking than by developing, producing, and assembling every aspect of their Manufacture Collection in-house? And with the Manufacture Collection being the center of attention this year, it is only natural that Frederique Constant’s most talked about creation is the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar.
Perpetual Calendar expertise
Being on the market for just over 30 years doesn’t mean that you cannot master the perpetual calendar complications. Indeed, Frederique Constant has made an impressive array of watches with the perpetual calendar complication. They even managed to step-up their game with the Quantieme Perpetual Tourbillon, which originally retailed for less than $20,000.
Launched in 2016, the brand’s first manufactured perpetual calendar quickly became a hit! It was the first Perpetual Calendar Manufacture to be on the market for less than $10,000, and collectors could not get enough of it. Part of the Citizen Group, Frederique Constant stays true to the Swiss watchmaking rules, with the movement decorated in the pure Swiss tradition, but only where the eye can see.
This year, we saw two new additions to the Slimline QP powered by the FC-775 calibre and clad with a grey dial. For these new pieces, the position of the counters was changed. Now closer to the center making it a well-balanced and readable dial, the pieces feature the month, date, day of the week, and year, as well as hours, minutes, leap year, and a moon phase indicator are. Housed in a thin rose gold plated or stainless-steel case, the watch will look perfect under a cuff. Owning a perpetual calendar is like owning eternal time with the promise of passing it on to your children. In fact, there will be no need to adjust your watch before March 1st, 2100. Practical right?
Does that mean you don’t need to send your watch to service? No. We strongly recommend sending your perpetual calendar for service every 5 to 6 years, like every other automatic watch. Servicing your timepiece ensures it keeps its perfect accuracy.
Frederique Constant stays true to its values of affordable luxury. And it is still the perfect starting watch, should you love horology and are on a budget.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)