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Frederique Constant - Highlife Emerald Limited Editions

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Limited Editions

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Over 20 years ago, back in 1999, Frederique Constant introduced the very first Highlife watches. In 2020, the Maison revived the iconic design and reintroduced the collection with resolutely modern curves rooted in the 21st century, thus adding a new dimension to the definition of accessible luxury according to Frederique Constant. The new design translates into both taut and flexible lines, the modernity of a creation that denies nothing of its craftsmanship, balance or style.

Featuring an integrated and interchangeable strap that has become the hallmark of Highlife stamped timepieces, its design merges case and strap in the same continuity. A closely guarded secret, the first link holds the key to the invisible integrated system that makes it possible to change the strap at will and without the need for tools. For those whose elegance embraces everything they do, Frederique Constant allows wearers to change the strap as often as an outfit, occasion or mood dictates, helping them overcome the challenges of daily life and be fulfilled.

This year, Frederique Constant unveils two exclusive Highlife Emerald limited editions - bearing the limited-edition number on the back of the case - the Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, released in 30 pieces only, and the Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture, available in 222 pieces, both enhanced by the eponymous colour.

A tone dear to Frederique Constant, the green colour is associated with nature, representing the source of life, such as the oasis providing a lush vegetation an arid the desert. A deeply symbolic colour whose multiple shades carry a message of hope, inner quietness and vital energy, it is also synonymous with fertility fortune and prosperity. Last but not least, green is the prophet’s favourite colour, the one that adorned his mantle that has been handed down seamlessly from caliph to caliph, and also the one enhancing the mosques’ doors.

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Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture © Frederique Constant

Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture

What do you get when you combine the latest men’s collection from Frederique Constant with its globe-trotting Manufacture calibre? The answer is the Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture, a future icon. The globe engraved dial featured on this timepiece, combined to a contemporary 41 mm steel case, is sure to awaken the wanderlust in you.

Combining the two is both natural and intuitive. Tech meets style. The highly contemporary design of the steel case and dial with globe engraving is an ode to travel. The FC-718 manufacture calibre is designed exactly for that. The self-winding mechanical movement has a power reserve of 38 hours. It is visible through the case back, water-resistant up to 50 metres. One can admire the typical Genevan finishes that Frederique Constant is so fond of, perlage and circular Côtes de Genève among them.

Highly user-friendly, its single crown can be used to set any function: hours, minutes, the date at 6 o’clock and the 24 cities disc that represents 24 time zones on Earth, itself engraved in the centre of the piece. There is no day / night indicator required; the inner disc has been engraved with 12 hours on the light area (cities where it is daytime) and 12 hours on the blue area (those where it is night-time).

Green is the dominant colour of the Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture Limited Edition. It takes up the whole centre of the dial, as well as the date counter, for which Frederique Constant has used its unique sunray guilloché for improved legibility. This is skimmed by three central rhodium-plated hands, including luminescent hour and minute hands that are easy to read, even when travelling to the other side of the world at night.

The Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture is delivered with an integrated and interchangeable steel bracelet, which can be switched to an extra black rubber strap on a split second, to complement the urban feel of the watch.

One watch, three looks, 24 time zones; the Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture is ready to explore the world of today – and tomorrow!

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Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture © Frederique Constant

Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Presented in a steel case, this piece is bold. It breaks rules that were thought to be set in stone. Frederique Constant proves you can design something truly modern, but enhanced with time-honoured complications.

As with any such high-performance complication, optimum readability is key. Within the 41 mm case with the integrated strap characteristic of the Highlife collection, Frederique Constant has organised its complications into four segments. The day and date are the most useful pieces of information and read every day; the Brand has therefore arranged them horizontally in this order, so as to be read in a natural and intuitive way in a fraction of a second. Brought together in a single counter at 12 o’clock are the month (large hand) and leap year indication (small hand). Adding the finishing touch to this perfectly mastered aesthetic composition, the tourbillon balances it out at 6 o'clock, counting down the seconds with its central hand.

The Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture is dominated by the green colour. On both sides of the complications on display, Frederique Constant has opted for a face without a dial. This allows you to see the inner workings of the FC-975 Manufacture calibre, alongside the delicate blued screws, perlage and subtle Côtes de Genève. It also improves the contrast between the rhodium-plated movement and the perpetual calendar display. To ensure it is easy to read, the Manufacture has also been careful to give them recessed counters on two levels, so as to better capture the light.

The FC-975 caliber is designed, produced and assembled in very limited numbers at the Geneva-based manufacture. For greater precision (an essential characteristic of the tourbillon), Frederique Constant has equipped it with a silicone escapement - both the escape wheel and the lever. This choice of technology is a real favourite of the Manufacture, providing collectors with a piece that is stable and accurate, unaffected by temperature fluctuations and magnetic fields, including those associated with the digital environment, such as computers, smartphones, tablets, connected speakers, etc.

Limited to 30 timepieces, this exclusive model is mounted on a three-link polished and satin-brushed steel bracelet, and delivered alongside a second rubber strap reinforcing its contemporary attitude.

 

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