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Frederique Constant

Frederique Constant has made a successful business out of offering affordable luxury, experiencing growth rates well above the industry average. The owners have a clear mission to make fine watchmaking available to the largest possible audience of watch enthusiasts at sensible prices.

About

Frederique Constant is a Swiss watchmaking manufacture located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Maison was founded in 1988 by a couple of independent entrepreneurs, Aletta and Peter Stas, to offer quality Swiss watches at an affordable price, with the aim of democratising luxury Swiss Made watches.

Frederique Constant creates, develops, assembles and controls a wide variety of mechanical, quartz and connected timepieces at the same time within its 6,200 m2 Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates (GE). To this day, Frederique Constant has designed 30 Manufacture calibres, including high complications, such as the Tourbillon, the Perpetual Calendar, the Flyback Chronograph, as well as a new and unprecedented type of escapement in watchmaking – the Monolithic. Made from a single piece of silicon, replacing the 26 components of a standard assortment, it oscillates at a frequency of 40 Hz, which is 10 times that of most mechanical movements.

In 2015, Frederique Constant launched the Horological Smartwatch, the first Swiss Made connected timepiece featuring a traditional appearance. In 2018, the Classic Hybrid Manufacture succeeded it, combining a mechanical Manufacture movement with connected features. It was followed by the Smartwatch Vitality line in 2020, equipped with a new generation built-in heart rate sensor. The same year, Frederique Constant reinvigorated the Highlife collection (1999) with a redesigned case and an interchangeable integrated strap. This was followed in 2021 by the Slimline Monolithic Manufacture with its very high-frequency monolithic escapement.

Frederique Constant is currently present in nearly 3,000 points of sale in 120 countries across the world. In 2016, the Frederique Constant group (Frederique Constant, Alpina Watches, Ateliers deMonaco) joined the Japanese group Citizen, so as to pursue its international development and nurture new synergies.

1983
Frederique Constant established.
2002
Acquisition of the Alpina watch brand.
2004
First manufacture calibre produced, the FC-910.
2009
Ateliers de Monaco, a high-end watch brand, is incorporated into the group.
2014
Tenth anniversary of the first manufacture calibre.
Philosophy

Let more people enjoy luxury

Frederique Constant’s aim is not to restrict the interest in Frederique Constant watches to a limited and elitist circle of connoisseurs, but rather to a broader selection of appreciative enthusiasts who want to enjoy Swiss high-quality classical watches at sensible prices.

Since the early 18th Century, Geneva has been known as a major center for the creation and production of fine timepieces. Over the past 300 years, the city’s watchmakers have risen to unparalleled heights in the Art of Horology. The concentration of so many rare skills on the same location, along with the presence of the best suppliers and the exchange of information allow brands such as Frederique Constant to remain at the forefront of precision watchmaking.

Frederique Constant’s mission is therefore to apply the following three values to the development process of each model: design, quality and innovation.

Collections

Manufacture

With most models produced in limited editions, the Manufacture collection is the most prestigious and technologically advanced range presented by the Brand. Fully developed, produced, assembled, adjusted and encased in our workshops, the Manufacture collection is a beacon for Frederique Constant’s technical know-how and mechanical expertise. It’s manufacturing process requires extensive work, and is done mostly by hand, for the pure pleasure of the connoisseurs of high-quality watchmaking.

Highlife

In 2020, Frederique Constant revived the Highlife collection and its exclusive design, advocating a case designed to integrate the bracelet. Its three new models, the Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, the Highlife Heart Beat and the Highlife Automatic COSC, will thus be able to change their look thanks to a quick release system, and choose between a steel bracelet, a leather, crococalf suede or rubber strap.

Ladies Automatic

The Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic collection has been designed by women, for women. Classic and elegant, feminine and sophisticated, these fine mechanical timepieces have been developed with passion to reflect the values and aspirations of the modern women.

Smartwatch

The year 2020 marked a new chapter in the great Frederique Constant’s connected watches saga: the Smartwatch Vitality. In addition to the features that were key to the success of its predecessors, it embraces a major innovation with the integration of a heart rate monitoring sensor powered by Philips Wearable Sensing. Presenting a traditional appearance, its dial also reveals a digital display on demand, allowing its user to consult each functionality’s related data.

Yacht Timer

Yachting watches have always been enjoyed by all types of wearers, from avid sailors to beach dwellers, or even those who simply appreciate nautical aesthetics. However, these timepieces are highly precise and have been designed to specifically meet sailing needs. Embracing the Yacht Timer GMT and the Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown models, the Yacht Timer collection of Frederique Constant pays tribute to the universe of sailing, which is also part of the Dutch history and roots.

Runabout

Since 2009, Frederique Constant has been celebrating the legendary Runabout yachts of the roaring 20’s, by offering an attractive series of limited-edition timepieces named “Runabout”. Runabout boats were designed by skilled engineers who endeavoured to create a timeless design – highly polished wood, gleaming chrome and glistening glass – that would never go out of fashion.

Vintage Rally

Frederique Constant has a long-standing commitment in supporting vintage car rallies. Honouring the universe of racing, the Vintage Rally collection shares a number of features with the cars they pay homage to. Each model being presented in a strictly limited edition, these watches are undoubtedly going to go as fast as the sleek and elegant cars which inspired their sophisticated, timeless designs. Pure style for pure passion!

Slimline

The Slimline collection is a series of ultra-thin models: the fine quartz movements upon which these elegant watches are based present a thickness of 1.90 mm only. Elegance of the shape, timelessness of the style, harmony of the curves, everything contributes to make each of these timepieces a classic in a modern interpretation. Dials are finished with a delicate guilloché pattern produced by a complex engraving procedure. Thin and chic at each and every level.

Classics

Frederique Constant is known for its classical and refined timepieces of exceptional value. Pure lines and a timeless design are the hallmarks of every watch within the Classics collection. Other attributes that never go out of fashion include reliability and durability. Every timepiece within the Classics collection has been engineered to the most exacting standards. The Brand’s philosophy of providing luxury watches at affordable prices holds true across the range.

Watches

Frederique Constant

Founded in 1988, Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Peter Stas and Aletta Bax. Headquartered in the watchmaking hub of Plan-les-Ouates, in Geneva, Switzerland, the company was acquired in 2016 by Japanese watchmaker Citizen (which runs several businesses, including watch brand Bulova).

Vintage Rally

Swiss house Frederique Constant is known for its ties to classic cars, partnering with the likes of the Peking to Paris car rally. The union has produced watches such as the Vintage Rally Healey collection, for which its chronograph - powered by an automatic FC-397 movement with a 46 hour power reserve - comes in either a stainless steel or rose gold plated stainless steel case, and further set on a cool, perforated leather racing strap. Also within the Vintage Rally collection is the Healey GMT collection, which includes a handsome model (price £2,090) with a rose gold plated stainless steel case contrasted on a dark dial and racing strap.

Smartwatches

In view of Frederique Constant being an affordable Swiss luxury watch brand, one may not take the view that the company sells smartwatches. But in fact it has a whole collection that pays service to the more digitally inclined. Most striking is its Classics line of connected watches that, on first glance, appears to tell the time like a traditional, mechanical Swiss watch (move over the computer-screen-on-the -wrist Apple Watch) but in fact is also fully wired up with a dial that analogically displays information, from sleep tracking to sport activity. With a price of just over £1,000, the collection includes a stainless steel case version with a silvered dial.

From quartz to tourbillon

Frederique Constant watches span the full range of movements, from quartz to high complications. Representing the quartz side are the likes of the elegant Classics Art Deco for ladies, a vintage style watch with Roman numerals set on a black mother of pearl dial, and available with either a stainless steel bracelet (price £802) or black satin strap (price £702). And those of the view that affordable mainly implies quartz or simple three-handers, this Swiss house also makes complicated tourbillon and moonphase watches with all their mechanics on view. There’s also a Manufacture Worldtimer collection that will tell the time in a host of global cities, from Hong Kong to New York, Karachi to Azores (with, naturally, the time in Geneva, London and GMT at the 12 o’clock position). Powered by the automatic FC-718 movement, the steel case model on a blue dial matched with a navy strap is particularly eye-catching.

Service Atelier

Those who may also take the view that affordable means lack of service, in fact Frederique Constant has a dedicated Service Atelier for watch repairs. Located in Geneva, the Service Atelier will repair typical problems from loose screws to replacing damaged hands (often from after the hands touch one another when setting the time). More mechanical service repairs will be addressed too, such as an automatic mechanism malfunction or regulation of accuracy, the latter which will be done by a specialist who will view, check and reposition the spiral of the balance as required.