The highlight for Frederique Constant at Baselworld this year is the introduction of an entirely new range of dress watches that are equipped with a brand-new, manufacture-made movement that offers 50 hours of running autonomy.
The Frederique Constant Best Manufacture Slimline Power Reserve features a power reserve indicator at 10 o’clock and a date wheel at 6 o’clock in traditional FC fashion and comes in four different versions. The 40-mm case comes is available in either polished stainless steel or rose gold-plated stainless steel with three different dial colors (silver-white that is available in both case options, dark grey that is available in the polished stainless steel, or navy blue that is available in the polished stainless steel). Each dial has a sunray decoration to complement the classic design of the elongated feuille hands and printed Roman numerals .
This is the first Frederique Constant watch to come with a power reserve indicator on its dial which is somewhat of a surprise given that the company has previously tackled more difficult endeavors such as the tourbillon, flyback chronograph, and perpetual calendar. With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to add a power reserve to the brand’s fleet of value-driven timepieces.
The automatic, in-house made FC-723 caliber uses the FC-703 movement as its base with the addition of a power reserve module. It features classic decoration like perlage and Côtes de Genève. All the new models come on an alligator strap with a deployant clasp.
The three models in polished stainless steel are priced at $3,195 and the final version in rose gold plated stainless steel is priced at $3,495.