Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture in 18-carat rose gold
The Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture in 18-carat rose gold is the latest addition to the Genevan firm’s sporty Highlife collection. Featuring a navy blue dial, 41mm rose gold case and a matching navy blue alligator strap, the model’s various tones bestow a harmonious composition.
Frederique Constant is located on the outskirts of Geneva in Plan-les-Ouates. The firm was founded in 1988 by husband and wife team, Aletta and Peter Stas. From the outset, their mission was to produce affordable luxury watches.
Initially, the company used third party movements, however, in 1994 it produced its first Manufacture movement. Thereafter, the firm released many Manufacture movements, now totalling 29 in number. The Genevan firm was an early adopter of silicon, employing the glass-like material for components such as the escape wheel and anchor. Silicon is not subject to corrosion, liable to magnetism, or influenced by temperature, characteristics which make it ideal for watchmaking.
In 2016, Frederique Constant unveiled its first Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, housed in a classically-styled 42mm case. At the time, the steel version retailed at £7200 (Price as at 17.4.2016). By releasing this model, Frederique Constant democratised a high complication which hitherto had been beyond the financial grasp of many horophiles. The Swiss marque repeated this feat again in 2018 when it released the Frederique Constant Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture.
Earlier this year (in September 2020), Frederique Constant rekindled the Highlife collection, a former range of models, first released in 1999. The latest Highlife collection comes in three versions, the Automatic COSC, the Heart Beat and, lastly, the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar.
A perpetual calendar automatically takes into account the number of days in the month whether the month contains 28, 29, 30 or 31 days. Assuming the mainspring is kept wound, the watch will not require manual adjustment until 2100.
Now, the Genevan firm has released the Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture in 18-carat rose gold. The automatic movement, FC-775, is adorned with perlage and Côtes de Genève motif. Featuring a navy blue dial, 41mm rose gold case and a navy blue alligator strap, the model’s various tones prove a harmonious composition. The Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture in 18-carat rose gold is limited to just 30 pieces, conferring a high degree of exclusivity.
The brand’s press release
An eagerly awaited revival
With this rare timepiece, Frederique Constant hails the return of its Highlife collection. Created in 1999, it is making its comeback in 2020, having been entirely overhauled. Its distinctive redesigned case houses a dial decorated with a globe motif. Symbolising the Earth, the perfection of the circle, it is also the icon of a new generation that shares the same ideal for saving the planet, sustainable and sensible living.
Now available with a diameter of 41 mm, the watch also features an integrated strap. The lack of horns allows for greater flexibility and helps it sit naturally on the wrist. The design necessitates perfect continuity between the lines of the case and the strap, a smooth transition and natural – almost imperceptible – fluidity. A special system allows for its straps to be changed in a flash, without the need for tools.
An exceptional edition
In this utterly unique 18-carat rose gold rendition, the Highlife’s exquisitely decorated dial is shown off to its very best advantage. Optimum legibility is ensured by the sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Complementary rose gold and deep blue echo each other. Every finishing touch is enhanced by amazing reflections, like the case, with its alternating polished and satin finished surfaces. Every counter (month and leap year, day and date) is sunbrushed. Index hour markers are rose gold-plated and luminescent. In keeping with the sleekness of the case design, all of the perpetual calendar’s correctors have been integrated, lending emphasis to the lone rose gold crown at 3 o’clock.
As sought-after as it is technical
As a perpetual calendar, the new Highlife is testament to the savoir-faire that Frederique Constant has patiently amassed over the past 30 years. The Brand is one of very few to be able to design, produce, assemble and test its own timepieces internally, within its own Geneva-based manufacture.
From the design to the final quality control, each and every step involved in making the Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture is carried out in-house. Very few Geneva-based Manufactures can demonstrate such watchmaking mastery. This rare 18-carat rose gold colourway serves to reinforce the exclusivity of this timepiece.
Powered by the Manufacture FC-775 calibre, a self-winding mechanical movement, the 18- carat rose gold Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph and has a power reserve of 38 hours. It comes on a blue nubuck finish alligator strap, unique to this model. For collectors and connoisseurs of fine watchmaking, the movement, featuring intricate perlage and Côtes de Genève decoration, can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback.