It doesn’t take all that much for us here at Oracle Time to get excited about a new Frederique Constant release. The Geneva-based watchmaker’s individual brand of accessible horology’s led to some impressive piece, especially with the sports luxe-slanted Highlife collection earlier in the year, which included a seriously competitive COSC-certified number.
This though, is FC coming to play with the big boys: the Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Rose Gold.
This isn’t the first perpetual calendar from FC, nor even in the Highlife collection; the collection’s initial redesign heralded a steel-cased version, equipped with the impressive FC-755 calibre with an internally developed calendar module. However, it really comes into its own here.
The layout of the calendar is pretty much as we’ve seen them elsewhere, with months and leap years at 12 o’clock, day at 9 o’clock and date at 3, finished with a regal gold-on-blue moon phase at 6. It’s about as stripped-back as a standard perpetual calendar can get. The main calling card of the watch is the outlined globe engraved across the main dial, weaving between the subdials.
That’s all contained within a 41mm barrel-shaped case with an integrated strap, which puts the new Highlife right at the centre of the 70s-inspired luxury sportswatch phenomenon.
The movement itself, the aforementioned FC-755 was actually developed back in 2016 and has been an integral part of the brand’s high watchmaking ever since. It’s 38-hour power reserve might mean you find yourself setting the calendar more often than you’d like, but it’s nicely finished and, if you do manage to keep it wound, only needs adjusting ever century.
Priced at EUR 29,995, it’s typical of Frederique Constant in that it’s incredibly affordable for what it is: an internally developed perpetual calendar, serious finishing and substantial chunk of gold. It’s enough to make you plump for one over some of the biggest haute horology houses around.
In fact, from the corner of your eye, you could be forgiven for instantly thinking this was an Overseas. Sure, the finishing is nowhere near Vacheron’s level and it’s missing the signature Maltese cross bezel, but the elegance of the rose gold, deep blue and perpetual calendar complication definitely make Frederique Constant’s an (slightly more) affordable alternative.
Though with just 30 of these around, the price is the least of your worries.
Price & Specs:
Model: Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Rose Gold
Case/Dial: 41mm diameter, 18k rose gold, 3-parts case
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre FC-775 QP, automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 38h
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, day, month, leap year, moonphase
Strap: Navy blue nubuck alligator leather
Price/Availability: £27,469 GBP, limited to 30 pieces
More details at Frederique Constant.