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Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches - PETER STAS CEO AND FOUNDER OF FRÉDÉRIQUE CON­STANT

Back­ground Dutch­man Peter Stas, 53, stud­ied busi­ness eco­nom­ics at Eras­mus Univer­sity and Har­vard Univer­sity. Be­fore div­ing into the world of watch­mak­ing, he con­sulted for Loyens & Volk­maars, and was prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager at Royal Philips Elec­tron­ics. But in 1988, with his wife Aletta, he went out on a limb, start­ing the watch com­pany Frédérique Con­stant. They ac­quired Alpina Watches in 2002 to di­ver­sify the busi­ness, and seven years later co-founded Ate­liers de Monaco, a high-end watch man­u­fac­turer based in Monaco. It’s fair to say watches are his life; Stas co-wrote a book in 2013, Liv­ing Your Pas­sion: Build­ing a Watch Man­u­fac­turer. He is also a keen yachts­man.

Smart think­ing Stas was ahead of the curve when he in­tro­duced the first “horo­log­i­cal smart­watch” in 2015. It’s essen­tially an elec­tronic smart­watch but has a sec­ondary ana­logue dial in­stead of a screen, giv­ing it a more clas­sic look than others on the mar­ket. Other brands fol­lowed suit, but Frédérique Con­stant was cred­ited as one of the pioneers of this hy­brid.

at­tain­able lux­ury From the start, Stas wanted to make finely crafted time­pieces more ac­ces­si­ble—and now that in­cludes the per­pet­ual cal­en­dar. Frédérique Con­stant this year launched its Man­u­fac­ture Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar, priced at un­der US$10,000.

Face Value The Man­u­fac­ture Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar comes in a 42mm-di­am­e­ter rose gold-plated or stain­less steel case

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