Taking a leaf out of the book of elegance? Frederique Constant shows how

Since 1988, Frederique Constant has been producing classical-looking watches reflecting the best of traditional watchmaking, but at a surprising price.


Positioned as an “accessible luxury” watch, the brand’s new Slimline Automatic range demonstrates an ability to offer beautiful timepieces at affordable prices.

This elegant piece retails for $2895 in steel and $3250 in a rose-gold case, impressive given Frederique Constant watches are exclusively manufactured by hand, while the processes involved are regulated with the latest precision equipment available in the industry, backed by years of research and development.

Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic Steel
Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic in steel.

Its claim? “Unlike other brands, Frederique Constant watches are not only made for the elite, but for all watch lovers who know how to recognize the value of work well done by a master watchmaker, who knows how to assemble the smallest, complicated elements and make them into something very special.”

Well, what brand wouldn’t make such a statement, but it has to be said that the watch here, with its thin case and refined lines, displays the kind of sophistication usually found in much more expensive pieces.

Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic in gold.
Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic in gold.

The white dial has elegant black Roman numeral indexes, the case is a restrained 40 mm, and the self-winding movement provides a 42-hour power-reserve. There’s a sapphire crystal case back and the watch is water-resistant to 30 meters. What’s more, each is engraved with an individual reference number that attests to its authenticity.

Impressive? In our view you’d have to give this watch an honours mark for value.

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