Frederique Constant Rose Gold Classic Worldtimer Manufacture
The Frederique Constant Rose Gold Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is new for 2020. It features a navy blue dial, worldtimer complication, polished 18-carat rose gold 3-part case and the tried and tested FC-718 Manufacture calibre. The model is limited to just 88 pieces, guaranteeing a notable degree of exclusivity.
Since unveiling its inaugural worldtimer in 2012, Frederique Constant has released an array of differently-hued dials and offered in both stainless steel as well as gold-plated stainless steel.
For 2020, the Swiss marque has unveiled a further version of this popular watch, the Frederique Constant Rose Gold Classic Worldtimer Manufacture. Unlike its gold-plated forebears, this model is housed in a solid 42mm 18-carat rose gold case. The watch is limited to 88 pieces, providing a welcome degree of exclusivity.
A few months ago, ESCAPEMENT reviewed a steel version of the watch fitted with a comely grey dial. This article provides details of the FC-718 Manufacture calibre which also features in this über-luxurious gold version. Moreover, the article provides background information on worldtimer watches, a complication that has proved very popular among Geneva’s watchmaking elite.
Upholding the management philosophy of ‘continuous improvement’, this latest version of the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is, in my opinion, the most attractive to date. The dial is presented in navy blue and features a depiction of the world in grey tones. The polished 18-carat rose gold 3-part case is paired with a navy blue alligator leather strap with off-white stitches, resulting in an attractively harmonious composition.
The brand’s press release (June 2020)
Success is no accident. Achievements made in watchmaking come down to a combination of elements that Frederique Constant has been fine tuning for over 30 years. Element number one: a useful complication. In this regard, the ability to permanently display world time is an undeniable asset for those who travel internationally.
Element number two: ease of use. For an everyday watch, everything has been designed so that the latter and its complication can be adjusted quickly and intuitively, without risk of error.
Element number three: the movement. The part most prized by collectors gains considerable value when stamped “Manufacture”. Frederique Constant, a fully integrated manufacture, has already brought out 29 calibres, all of them developed, produced, assembled and inspected within its workshops.
Finally, element number four: design. The simple, classic and timeless design of a timepiece allows it to stand the test of trends and time. Frederique Constant has been synonymous with Swiss Made elegance from the very beginning.
A Classic that lives up to its name
The new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture illustrates this delicate balance. It was added to the Maison’s collections some 10 years ago. The balance struck between the technical, aesthetic and practical immediately impressed watch enthusiasts from all over the world. In a few short years, the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture has established itself as one of the most important timepieces by Frederique Constant.
A landmark limited edition
The version unveiled today is aimed at discerning collectors. Beyond the balance it embodies, the new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture stands out for its 18-carat rose gold case, with no more than 88 limited edition timepieces on offer. Such preciousness is rare at Frederique Constant. Incidentally, this is the first time in the history of the Manufacture that such a case has been offered for this timepiece.
A sophisticated look
For this latest version, Frederique Constant has opted for an intense blue dial reminiscent of the ocean and in keeping with the distinguished rose gold case. The continents emerge from the dial in relief, their anthracite grey outlines carved with the greatest precision.
The date counter at 6 o’clock is decorated with a sunray guilloché pattern, a traditional finish in Fine Watchmaking. Hovering over it are four hands coordinating with the rose gold; the hour and minute hands and index hour markers are tinged with luminescent material to make them easier to read in low light.
Around this miniature world map unfolds the Worldtimer flange, indicating the 24 world time zones and their 24 principal cities. To ensure the dial can be easily read, the 12 daytime hours appear in red, while the 12 night-time hours appear in grey.
Carefully preserved DNA
The ease of setting and using Frederique Constant timepieces is intrinsic to the Brand. All the features of the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture can be adjusted using the crown, (hours, minutes, date, Worldtimer) eliminating the need for push buttons that could detract from its sleek 42 mm case.
As for all Frederique Constant Manufacture collection timepieces, the FC-718 movement in the new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture has been decorated with fine perlage decoration visible through a sapphire crystal caseback that is guaranteed water-resistant to 3 ATM. The informed observer will admire the blued screws in the movement and the rose gold-plated hollowed-out oscillating weight adorned with vertical satin-finishing and “Frederique Constant Manufacture” engraving.