A Reason To Celebrate
— Frederique Constant marked its 30 years of existence with a new limited edition that combines its three decades of watchmaking experience with its longtime pursuit of “Accessible Luxury.” The new Limited Edition Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture was unveiled in Paris at the end of September 2018 and is the most complex timepiece the brand has released yet. The 42-mm watch utilizes the expertise that Frederique Constant gained when producing its Manufacture Tourbillon in 2008 and its Perpetual Calendar from 2016.
The new FC-975 manufacture caliber features a silicon escapement wheel and anchor (Frederique Constant was an early proponent of the benefits of silicon technology) with a 38-hour power reserve and a rate of 28,800 vph. The movement’s classic decoration features both côtes de Geneve and perlage. On the front side of the dial, the watch is segmented into three indicators – day of week, month, leap year and date – with an opening for the tourbillon at 6 o’clock. At launch, the Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture is split into four different versions, with your selection of either a plated rose-gold or stainless-steel case, and either a skeletonized dial or one with subtle guilloché-inspired detailing. Prices start at $19,995 for the closed-dial model in stainless steel and go up to $32,995 for the 18k rosegold-plated model with a skeletonized dial. All models other than the skeleton, rose-gold model – which is limited to 30 pieces – are limited to 88 pieces.