Frederique Constant has had quite an eventful 2023, as the Swiss watchmaker has spent a large part of the year celebrating its 35th anniversary with events that commemorate the watch brand’s technical advancements and innovations. Frederique Constant has come a long way since its inception in 1988, as 2023 also marked the brand’s first appearance at the Geneva edition of Watches and Wonders.
The Geneva-based firm has maintained its attachment to its roots, founded on the principles of making the “Swiss watch” accessible to the masses with fine workmanship at a fair price point.
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In a tribute to this ongoing saga, as well as the 15th anniversary of its Manufacture tourbillon, Frederique Constant has unveiled a limited-edition timepiece in its Highlife collection: the Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar.
Introduced in 1999, the Highlife collection has been a major part of the brand’s story and returned center stage in 2020 with its alternating satin and polished finishes, as well as its integrated, interchangeable strap, in which each Highlife watch comes with at least one additional strap option.
The new release, which was unveiled Wednesday at Dubai Watch Week, is limited to 35 pieces and features a blue dial with matte finishing and globe pattern embossed in the center and combines two complications: a tourbillon and a perpetual calendar housed in an 41mm 18-karat rose gold case, topped with an interchangeable navy blue alligator leather strap with nubuck finishing and an additional navy blue rubber strap, for a classic and sporty look change, sans tools required.
Other notable features of the new tourbillon include a sapphire caseback that reveals the brands FC-975 Manufacture caliber, decorated with circular grained and Côtes de Genève finishes, as well as a boastful 38-hour power reserve, and water resistance to 30 meters.
Priced at $48,995, the commemorative piece will be available for purchase in January.
Frederique Constant is owned by Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Company and presently has close to 3,000 points of sale in 120 countries.
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