Last month, Geneva-based Frederique Constant unveiled its new Worldtimer Manufacture collection, with two references. These are some great looking pieces and of course they are affordable — both elements as we have come to expect from Frederique Constant. More than this though, there’s also some mechanical genius to the new Worldtimer Manufacture, and it lies in the simplicity of use of the watch — all functions are handled by using the crown! Not even Girard-Perregaux and its renowned ww.tc world timers can boast of this :-) Let’s take a closer look, below.
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by Kyle Stults on September 19, 2012
Today we have a splendid new tourbillon watch with silicon escapement at a price point of right around $35,000 (give or take a couple grand depending on your choice of case metal). A tourbillon at $35,000? Must be from China, right? Nope, far from it. This compelling watch comes from none other than Geneve-based Frederique Constant.
Given that the price point for a tourbillon watch easily runs into the six-figures for most brands who produce such a watch, these pieces from Frederique Constant certainly stand out. And as you can see, this new Slimline Manufacture Tourbillon is a pretty good looking watch. Let’s take a closer look.
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Geneva-based Frederique Constant introduces the ‘Venice Editions’ of the Runabout, consisting of a Chronograph version and a Three-hand Automatic with date. Both timepieces feature a stainless steel case and a silvered dial with applied, rose gold plated Arabic indexes. I’m only showing here my favorite of the two, the basic 3-hander. The case is paired with a complimenting light brown strap with off-white stitching. On the plus side, I’ve always liked the graceful lines of Frederique Constant’s Runabout case. As well, this watch comes with a very neat display box which includes a miniature model of a “runabout” boat. The one quibble I have on this piece is “radial flip” of the Arabic numerals. That is, the numerals on the lower half of the dial have been “flipped” so the bottoms of the numerals face the periphery of the dial. This is purely a matter of opinion, but I’ve always found it less appealing than the alternative. Even so, this would make for a nice, classic dress watch in any collection.
Frederique Constant Runabout “Venice” Editions
Limited numbered edition 1888 pieces each model
43mm polished steel case, automatic mechanical Swiss movement
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