Frederique Constant Review – A Timepiece for People to Enjoy Luxury

Frederique Constant Review

You find them on the wrist of entrepreneurs or the arm of luxury lovers. They exhibit a sense of class and achievement. It complements any outfits. Here in this article, I am talking about Frederique Constant timepieces review.

 

For decades, Frederique Constant has shown how traditional Swiss watchmaker combines classic finishes. Presently, they have even added modern touches such as the silicon escapement wheel and smart technology. This brand has shown all the marks consistent with the most expensive brands on the market.

But the selling point of Frederique Constant watch brand is its budget-friendly nature. It comes as a surprise, especially as it offers an in-house caliber and original designs.

Are you interested to get a timepiece in this Swiss brand? Are its watches worth the hype? Let’s take you through a brief history and tell you more about this watchmaker in our Frederique Constant review. 

Frederique Constant – From a Humble Start to World-Class Brand

This watch brand is the brainchild of a Swiss couple, Alexa and Peter Stas. The company got its name from the combination of their middle names. Furthermore, Frederique Constant represents a younger set of Swiss watchmakers as it was officially launched in 1988.

The company owners planned to focus on people looking for affordable mechanical watches that can compete with expensive options in the market. Fortunately, they recorded success and has even acquired other young watch companies such as Alpina. And since the famous watchmaker ‘’Citizen’’ has purchased the Frederique Constant, there are plans for further expansion.

This Frederique Constant targets budget consumers, although it has watches that cost thousands of dollars. But if you want a timeless Swiss watch, the company has automatic, and quartz watches that cost even less. Here are some of the collections offered by this impressive brand.

The Manufacture

The Manufacture offers three versions which include the FC-9xx, Tourbillion, and FC-7xx collections. It also provides 15 in-house movements at a price lesser than similar products from other brands. The Frederique Constant manufacture has a build that promises elegance and functionality in a small package.

Let’s reveal to you one of the popular Frederique constant manufacture watches on the market, the Classic Manufacture.

The Classic Manufacture – Automatic Powered Dress Watch

This luxury watch has an elegant dial that allows easy reading. It consists of hand-polished black hands with evenly spaced Roman numeral markers surrounding them.

I find the alligator band also attractive. Since it is black, it goes with every outfit. The watch is also comfortable to wear for long periods without feeling any pressure on the wrist.

The Classic Manufacture runs on an in-house system that promises 42-power reserve, thereby offering hours of readings. For this reason, you can use the watch for long periods without worrying about battery replacements.

The Silicone Escapement wheel

Watches with silicone components were not in existence until Patek Philippe introduced this innovation in 2005. One of the companies to follow this trend was Frederique Constant which launched the Heart Beat Calibre FC 935 Silicium in October 2007. Since then, the Swiss watchmaker has continued to use this technology with its timepieces.

Silicone escapement wheels are light and created via reactive ion etching. Due to its lightweight features, they are easy to wear and comfortable enough on the wrist than metal parts. Furthermore, they are frictionless and not easily affected by other harsh conditions.

The downside about the silicone escapement wheels is that it breaks easily. However, a carbon coat makes it stronger than it was in the original state.

The Runabout Inspired by the Timeless Riva Boats

Frederique constant never fails to keep up a defined history of the 1920s with their Runabout timepiece product line. This timepiece is one of the main collections of Frederique constant designed to give a mark of respect to the runabout gentlemen’s sports boats.

 

During the Helice Classique Geneve and Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance boating Events, the company took part in the sponsorship. And up to date, the company has continued to support and maintain the annals of these classic yachts.

Since the introduction of the Runabout automatic collection, there has been colossal sale recorded every year. As of today, there are even two new automatic models of the Runabout range – one with a stainless steel case while the other features a rose gold plated case.

The two models cases are well-polished, giving a gleaming appearance of the vintage Riva boats. They have convex sapphire crystal which protects a navy blue dial that bears luminous numerals, indexes, and hands.

The Worldtimer – Multiple Time Zone Watch with Attractive Dial

The Frederique Constant watch brand also has offered another great timepiece known as the Worldtimer. Released in 2012, this watch as a limited edition with two models with different dials. One has the popular world map design while the other featured a stamped motif on the sub-dial and main dial.

Since the first launch of the Frederique Constant Worldtimer, the watch has maintained the map design on its dial. However, there have been several changes in the color scheme in 2015 (navy blue) and 2017 (light brown).

 

You can read the time in any of the featured 24 cities on its dial by placing any of them at the 12 o’ marker. A pair of discs also show if it’s nighttime or daylight in these locations.

If you aren’t a Frederique constant watch snob, you will love its in-house FC-718 caliber movement. This option offers 26 jewels with a 42-hour power reserve. You can adjust the watch time via its 2-O-Rings crown at the upper part of its case, which makes the Worldtimer watch an easy timepiece to operate.

The Portable Moonphase Watch with Slim Profile

This timepiece was launched in 2013, and it comes as one of the most affordable moon-phase watches. It also features the brand’s traditional in-house movement and its slim look reminds us of the kind of Frederique constant watch women will love to own.

The Frederique Constant watch moon phase is attractive, and it features a well-designed dial that overshadows its pocket-friendly price. The dial also has a willow-shaped nickel hour and minute hands, and a beautiful moon-phase and a date window that gives the watch a classic look.

The Slimline Moonphase screams minimalism as it controlled via the onion-shaped crown. Since the watch is not bulky, it is comfortable enough on any wrist.

The Horological Smartwatch – Conventional Approach to Modern-day Technology

Here, Frederique Constant combines traditional timepiece design with modern-day technology. In other words, this regular dress watch has the impressive features of a smartwatch. In 2015, Frederique Constant and Alpina launched this timepiece in partnership with MMT.

Before its release, MMT was providing a solution for extended battery life as well as a dial that supported smartwatch wearable technology. Besides, the Swiss watchmaker was facing the challenges of maintaining the traditional look of the watch that consists of polished cases, hour indexes, and sleek hands.

This smart timepiece does not require daily charging as it uses a quartz movement. Overall, the battery can last for as much as two years.

It also has an analog display dial which uses its hour and minute dials to display your activity stats. If you want to have detailed information on your activity goals, pair the watch with its MotionX-365 app.

The Heartbeat of Frederique Constant

The “heartbeat” design includes a dial aperture that shows the balance wheel at the 6 o’clock index. In 2016, Frederique Constant released two models of the “heartbeat watch” or Heart Beat Manufacture watch. However, these models are the upgraded versions of the model launched in 2019.

 

The new models were released because of imitations from other brands plagued the sales of the first version. Also, Frederique Constant planned to prove that they were the first firm to feature the “heartbeat” design.

Other features on the new version include a blue or white dial with sub-dials at the 12 o’clock position. The watches also offer 42mm cases that house their engines.

The Hybrid Manufacture

Many Swiss watch lovers have been excited since the introduction of Frederique Constant Hybrid manufacture in 2018. The watch combines mechanical movement with smart technology all in one piece. It is a simple definition of what can be produced when traditional Swiss watchmaker employs enhance technology and superior quality in its existing old design.

It may not be as other smartwatches on the market with LCD screen, WIFI or Intel processor. But the Hybrid Manufacture by Frederique Constant is a blend of traditional design and modern technology using balance wheel, rechargeable battery, and step counting. What’s more, it is durable and can withstand knocks and falls.

Well, you may not be able to receive notification alerts or play your music with this watch. However, the Hybrid Smartwatch is an excellent watch for mechanical Swiss fan to have a taste of smartwatch while enjoying a simple analog display and chronograph dial.

The Ladies Choice for Automatic Movement Watches

To all the ladies out there, Frederique Constant has beautiful watch collections for you. Admittedly, the FC men’s watches aren’t familiar with beautiful Open-heart design. But, the Ladies Automatic gets all the Open-heart fun.

For Frederique constant ladies automatic, they have the “Double heart Beat” design. In this model, there is a beautiful aperture design that looks more like a pair of heart overlapping each other. The watch face has a beautiful burgundy dial with sunray decoration, which gives it a subtle feminine appeal.

However, for those that might not like the heartbeat design, there is also a full dial version of the ladies automatic. No double overlapping heartbeat motif at the 12:00 clock, you only get to see beautiful eight diamond markers and Roman numerals at the 12, 6, 9 o’clock position.

Why Should You Look Out For The Frederique Constant

The watch collections in this Frederique Constant review offer elegance and functionality with their innovative designs and precise movements. For instance, the Manufacture Classic comes with an in-house movement while the Worldtimer dazzles with its blue dial. Furthermore, the Heart Beat Manufacture sports a cutout that correctly exposes the balance wheel and the Slimline Moonphase and has a build that can rest entirely under any cuff.

Another exciting part of this brand is its cost. The average Frederique Constant watch price falls below the price of similar items from older brands. However, some Frederique Constant timepieces can compete with other expensive watches.

Simply put, the watches from this family-based brand offer great features at affordable prices.  Thus, we recommend that you consider the brand.

Frederique Constant Worldtimer Review: A Serious World Time Watch for the Money

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When it comes to luxury watches, people tend to stick with the usual suspects like Rolex and Omega. However, if you are such a collector, you are missing out on some of the best high-quality luxury watches out there. This is exactly why I have decided to write this Frederique Constant Worldtimer review.

Personally, I really like the Frederique Constant brand because they are quite great at offering high-quality timepieces with in-house movements at fairly reasonable prices. Many luxury brands still demand absurd prices for their watches while using classic ETA movements.

For me, the brand name alone just won’t cut it.

Frederique Constant is a brand close to my heart since they have brought unique watches to the table for reasonable. Is this the case with the Frederique Constant Worldtimer?

Let’s take a closer look!

Frederique Constant Worldtimer Review: At a Glance

As you can see, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer is a true worldtimer, it’s not just a GMT watch with cities ring. Before we get into the nitty-gritty details, let us first take a look at the key specs and features of the watch:

Model:

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture

Reference no.

FC-718NWM4H6

Movement:

FC-718 Automatic movement. 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h with Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, Worldtimer

Power reserve:

42 hours

Case material:

Stainless steel

Case diameter:

42 mm

Crown:

2-O-Rings crown

Crystal:

Convex Sapphire
Water-resistance: Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Height:

12.1 mm

Dial:

Navy, world map, applied white luminous indexes.

Strap:

Alligator Strap

First Impression

 

Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture, reference FC-718NWM4H6.

As I held the watch in my hands, my eyes are immediately drawn to the worldtimer dial. I am too fond of dials that are way too busy but it seems Frederique Constant knows how to pull it off well. If you like your information with an in your face approach, this watch might just be for you.

With that said, Frederique Constant did a great job with this stunning dial. It certainly sports a very unique look and it’s how you pull off a dressier traveler’s watch. Despite the sheer complexity of the dial, I can see traditional watchmaking design elements such as the elegant alpha hands and the beautiful sunburst finish.

But surely, this watch would be difficult to use, right? Despite its busy profile, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer features one of the easiest world time complication I’ve used.

The predominant navy blue works rather well with the multi-layered approach of the design. While it does feed you information that you probably don’t need each and every time, pulling out the info that you need becomes a non-issue once you get used to the watch.

Also, I’ve been getting compliments and “where did you buy that” questions while wearing the watch.

The Worldtimer Dial

Fredrique Constant Worldtimer Review Dial

The Worldtimer dial is easily the star of this timepiece.

The dial’s centerpiece is the gray anthracite world map with illuminated applied hour markers. The innermost ring is the bi-color 24-hour ring, the white refers to the traditional day hours and blue for the traditional dark hours.

The outermost ring is the city-ring which can be operated via the crown. The different cities correspond to each major time zones. The city ring is aligned with the 24-hour ring and is used to display the corresponding time.

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Now, this may seem to be confusing but the watch is actually quite simple to use. Basically, you simply have to set the city that represents your home timezone to the 12 o’clock position. This is done by rotating the crown counterclockwise at the first stop. Once the ring is set to your home time in the city ring, you can then look at any other time zone to know the time. The rest of the work is left to the movement.

It’s a really elegant solution without complicating things so much.

As for the actual design of the dial, it is fairly stylish with an upmarket look. While there’s a lot going on in the dial, it’s wonderfully legible including the names of the cities.

If there’s one thing I’m not sure of is the large date sub-dial at 6 o’clock. On one hand, I appreciate that they made the date dial large enough for legibility but it annoyingly obscures five of the twenty time zones and a considerable part of the world map. A simple date window or even an “oversized” date window is a much better solution.

Regardless of the date dial, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer’s dial is a resounding success.

Construction and Wearability

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The Worldtimer is 42 mm in diameter and 12.1 mm in thickness. The three-piece case is made with polished stainless steel and the case back is sapphire. The 42 mm might seem a bit too large for many people but it’s actually the perfect size for this watch.

The complexity of the dial alone warrants a larger diameter, any less would negatively impact the Worldtimer’s legibility. Even with the larger diameter, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer doesn’t feel like a 42 mm watch. This can be attributed to the designer’s decision to include a domed case. As a result, the watch looks and feels smaller than it is.

Comfort is also a non-issue which is a way of saying that it wears comfortably. It never felt too heavy and sits nicely on the wrist. The curve of the lugs is rather smooth unlike in other watches that are sharp. I don’t know about you but I don’t like the feel of lugs poking against my skin.

The Worldtimer comes with a navy alligator strap with off-white stitching. Along with the polished case, the inclusion of the alligator strap adds up to a rather sharp-looking timepiece. Imagine yourself wearing a dressier travel watch as you jaunt from one country to the next.

The watch oozes with traditional elegance but with a contemporary twist as well.

The other brown dial version (ref: FC-718WM4H6B) comes with a light brown leather strap with white stitches.

Timekeeping

You can’t have a Frederique Constant Worldtimer review without talking about its in-house movement. The entire Worldtimer collection is powered by the in-house FC-718 caliber movement. Other watchmakers could have thrown in a standard GMT movement and called it a day.

However, that’s not the case with Frederique Constant’s world time watch.

The FC-718 Manufacture automatic caliber features 26 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. World times generally need at least one additional pusher for advancing things but not so much here. With the FC-718 movement, everything is done via the crown and that’s a design decision that I can get behind.

Frederique Constant not only made an in-house movement but they also made it in a way that everything can be adjusted via the crown – no additional pushers or buttons here. This makes the watch a breeze to operate despite looking complicated in the surface.

Fredrique Constant Worldtimer Review Movement

The movement is a thing of beauty as well and thanks to the transparent crystal case back, viewing the movement is made possible. The movement is designed to be clean and simple from the ground up. Timekeeping works great and I have yet to encounter any issues.

For this price point, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a timepiece with a stunning in-house movement.

Pricing

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Watch folks are a tough crowd and they will turn up their noses just with the price alone. This is quite a shame since many collectors would probably shy away from Frederique Constant Worldtimer just because of the accessible price.

True enough, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer is offered at a rather unexpected price. With a high-quality, polished design and an in-house movement, many of you are probably asking: “what’s the catch?”

Honestly, there is none!

What we have here is a full-featured World Time watch that delivers in quality and features. There are also some smart design decisions here which make the watch a cinch to use. Even if you are not familiar with using world time models, the Worldtimer is a good model to get you started.

Seriously, one of the most attractive aspects of the watch is its price point. This package offers great value for the dollar.

Should You Get the Frederique Constant Worldtimer?

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This Frederique Constant Worldtimer review won’t be complete without our final verdict.

So should you bother looking in the direction of the Frederique Constant Worldtimer? Absolutely!

If you are looking for this style of world timer, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer offers a value unlike anything you’ve seen before. While the complex dial makes it seem like a tough piece to use, operating the watch is actually very intuitive. Everything is done via the crown so you don’t have fiddle around with pushers or buttons for setting the watch.

The Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is highly recommended for buyers who are looking to get into the realm of world time watches. It’s also a great option for jet setters who prefer a classier and dressier watch than the sportier GMTs on the market. Overall, it’s a unique timepiece that offers excellent versatility.

On the other hand, this watch is not for you if you like your dials plain and simple. There’s really a lot going on with the watch and there’s a bit of a learning curve to it. The date dial obscuring many of the dial elements can also be a deal-breaker for many collectors.

The Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer looks great, inside and out. Plus, it’s versatile and very easy to use with a low entry barrier in terms of price.