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Frederique Constant Introduce Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Limited Edition in Steel

Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar

The Citizen Group have opened their first flagship store in New York, a multi-brand location where you can purchase watches from Accutron, Alpina, Bulova, Citizen, and Frederique Constant. It’s a landmark moment that’s being celebrated by the launch of new watches from Alpina and Frederique Constant. Frederique Constant’s offering is the Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Limited Edition.

Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Steel

It’s been an exciting year for Frederique Constant because they’ve really focussed on their high-end horological timepieces in honour of their 35th anniversary. In November they released the rose gold edition of the Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture which they’ve followed up on with this new limited-edition version in steel. Steel, to me, has always been the natural material of the Highlife as it emphasises its cool integrated bracelet, sports watch aesthetics. The case itself measures 41mm in diameter and is water resistant to 100m.

Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Steel

While it’s nice to see the case in steel, unsurprisingly that the most significant feature of the tourbillon perpetual calendar model is the dial. It has a matte blue colouration with the signature Highlife globe pattern embossed into it. Although you would only recognise that the globe pattern is present if you’re familiar with the regular Highlife because it’s heavily obscured by the tourbillon at 6 o’clock and the perpetual calendar indicators.

Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Steel

Those indicators are months and leap year at 12 o’clock, date at 3, small seconds at 6 o’clock on top of the exposed tourbillon and days of the week at 9. They’re powered by the FC-975 manufacture calibre, which is visible through the sapphire exhibition caseback. It has automatic winding with a 38-hour power reserve, which seems low on the surface but you have to remember that it’s both a tourbillon and perpetual calendar, both of which are power intensive complications.

Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Limited Edition

Only 88 Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Limited Editions are being produced. And presumably they’ll be available from the new New York flagship boutique they’ve been launched in celebration of. In terms of price it’s £23,995, making it one of the most expensive pieces in the Highlife collection which normally sits in the £1,500-£3,000 bracket. But then, that’s to be expected for an haute horological edition.

Price and Specs:

Model: Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Limited Edition
Ref: FC-875BL4NH6B
Case: 41mm diameter x 12.65mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Matte blue
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Manufacture FC-975, automatic, 33 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 38h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, perpetual calendar, tourbillon
Strap: Three-link steel bracelet and additional navy blue rubber strap
Price: £23,995, limited to 88 pieces

More details at Frederique Constant.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.