If you’re in the market for a nice watch which comes with a moon phase but do not want to spend the world on it. Perhaps you should have a look at the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture. This is a mouth full which comes at a great price if you don’t mind wearing a gold-plated over full gold.
With a classic design and matching size this watch is timeless already. Measuring just under 39mm is a great size and fits this type of watch if you ask me. Overal the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture has a clean look and the symmetrical design works well. The moon phase is displayed on the 3 o’clock position which is balanced on the 9 o’clock position with a date function.
As mentioned the gold versions come as gold-plated which might be an issue for some. But looking at it in a different way you get a great look at an affordable price. Let’s be honest, there aren’t many alternatives out there with an in-house movement at these prices. Where the stainless steel version retails for € 2.695 for just under 3K the watch comes in plated gold. Having the stainless steel case underneath it is also more resistant to damage as the material is harder.
All together it’s a great looking watch with a budget friendly price tag for those in the market for a classical moon phase watch. More info in the technical specifications and press release below or just visit the official website of Frederique Constant following this link.
September 2017, Geneva – The Slimline Moonphase Manufacture harbors a brand new Manufacture movement in-house designed, produced and assembled by Frederique Constant.
Since 2004, Frederique Constant creates its own calibers, entirely in-house designed, produced and assembled. This was an important step to becoming more independent and having more control over the production line, improve quality and accelerate product delivery. In May 2017, the brand announced the expansion of their current Manufacture located in Plan-les-Ouates. This decision was based on the sole purpose of accommodating the growing interest in the Manufacture movements.
In-house calibers have become a trademark of Frederique Constant and its loyal followers appreciate every single one of them. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that CEO, Peter Stas, decided to expand their current building in order to double their production capabilities as well as manpower to be able to satisfy their ever-so hungry fan-base. The new Manufacture will propel Frederique constant into a future of opportunities, a new era of exploring new technical innovations while upholding the Swiss excellence of watchmaking tradition.
The New FC-702 Movement
The Slimline Moonphase Manufacture harbors the Manufacture movement FC-702. The newest addition to the list of 24 in-house calibers is based on the iconic moonphase movement from Frederique Constant. It has been redesigned in order to split the moonphase and date in to two new counters, both functions adjustable through the crown. The movement shows off the famous Perlage and Côtes de Genève decorations present in all Frederique Constant in-house calibers. It took the brand’s R&D department and watchmakers two years to perfect the movement and introduce it to the market.
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture
The timepiece offers two dial variations: silver-colored and black and comes in either rose gold-plated or polished stainless steel. The 38.8mm 3 parts-case case holds a convex sapphire crystal and see-though case back revealing the inner workings of the FC-702 caliber, and offers a 42-hour power reserve. The two counters for the moonphase and date are located at three and nine o’clock, respectively. The elegant curved dial merges seamlessly with the case showcasing hand-applied indexes and hand-polished hands. The dark brown or black alligator strap completes the look.
With the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture, Frederique Constant carries on the tradition of flawlessly marrying fine watchmaking with intricate technical process.
About Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant is a watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers, 24 different versions since 2004. In 2015 Frederique Constant introduced the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch, powered by MMT SwissConnect and entirely displayed with an analog dial, thereby creating an entirely new watch category in the Swiss watch industry.
Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra-modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers.
Case material: Stainless steel 3-parts case and rose gold plated variation
Movement: Frederique Constant FC-072 manufacture movement
Power: 42 Hours with automatic winding
Water resistance: 30meter / 3ATM
Dial: Curved dial with hand-applied indexes
Strap: Alligator strap
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture price € 2.695 € 2.995 depending on the model