A Winning Combination…
What a nice surprise today from Geneva-based Frederique Constant — a partnership with renowned cigar maker Cohiba for a limited edition watch and humidor! Right now I can think of few things better than putting on the limited edition Frederique Constant watch you see below and smoking that Cohiba!
This watch is truly one of the first Frederique Constant watches I find myself being excited about. For some reason it is hard to put my finger on, I often find that the brand’s watches — though nicely designed and appropriately priced — lack the sort of character or vibrancy that make me want to go out and buy one. But not this time — the watch has a distinctive and very classy look to it that I really like. And of course it comes on a “tobacco-brown” strap:
My only quibble is that the numeral “XI” (11) that is cut-off by the Frederique Constant logo looks a bit awkward — I might have preferred if the logo placement were just a few millimeters higher thus avoiding the intersection with the numeral. Also, I think the I would prefer to have seen the partnership more discreetly memorialized with a “Cohiba” engraving on the caseback rather than the logo on the dial. But overall, I think the watch looks pretty good.
Available exclusively in the U.S., the watch will be presented in a beautiful box that doubles as a humidor. I don’t think the cigars are included, but that is a problem that can be quickly remedied by your local tobacconist. How cool it must be to have a fresh tobacco smell imparted upon your watch every time you take it out of the humidor/case!
Production will be limited edition to just 188 numbered pieces in steel and 188 pieces in rose gold plated. No word yet on price.
** Update** These limited edition sets (watch + humidor) are phenomenally priced at $1,750 for the Rose Gold Plated version (FC-325CW4C24) and $1,650 for the steel version.
Frederique Constant and Cohiba will be launching these exclusive timepieces during a dedicated event on September 22nd, 2010 at Club Macanudo in New York City.