Frederique Constant has launched a new Classic Moonphase Automatic and upgraded the look of its Manufacture Collection pieces, introducing two new dial versions for the latter in black and silver.
The new moonphase comes in three versions: yellow gold-plated steel, stainless steel on a leather strap and a full stainless steel version, all in a 40mm case with power from a self-winding FC-330 caliber.
The watch displays hours, minutes, seconds and a date by hand on a silver-coloured dial featuring clous de Paris decoration, printed black Roman numerals and Breguet-style hands. A sub-dial shows the date with a detailed moonphase opening at the 6 o’clock position.
The finely decorated movement can be viewed thanks to a see-through caseback, and bands are available in black, brown or blue leather. The recommended retail price is $2800, $300 more for the plated version.
The two Classic Manufacture pieces have a more vintage, art déco look with slimmer printed Roman indexes.
Whether you choose the silver or black dial, both feature a 42mm diameter steel case holding an in-house automatic FC-710 movement with high-end perlage and circular Côtes de Genève decoration, the finishing visible through a transparent caseback.
The hours, minutes, seconds and date hand at 6 o’clock are “all adjusted by the crown” – something Frederique Constant highlights as if this is unusual, whereas what’s unusual, surely, is mentioning something that’s commonplace.
That said, these are watches that punch above their weight and come in at $3495, so all is forgiven.
Verdict on the Frederique Constant moonphase and Classic Manufacture models: the value is there with looks that suggest a higher price point.
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