Pre-Baselworld 2014. First Frederique Constant & Alpina novelties and the brands 2013 results

Alpina Startimer Pilot "Black Star" Automatic Chronograph

Frederique Constant and its sister company Alpina are an independent family owned watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva.

Aletta and Peter Stas remain 95% shareholders of the company they founded over 25 years ago. Operations are managed without debt. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design to final assembly and quality control.

 

Peter and Aletta Stas
Peter and Aletta Stas 

 

I just got an update concerning the 2013 results. This is what Aletta and Peter Stas wrote me:

…  “Alexander, in 2013, our production exceeded 128.000 timepieces, sold in over 2.800 points of sale in 100+ countries around the globe. Frederique Constant grew more than 8%, while sales of Alpina grew over 40%. We expect these developments to continue through an annual 20% growth in 2014.

With the ramp-up of our Manufacture production, we now have more than double the capacity for this collection. This year we will be celebrating 10 years Heart Beat Manufacture with our grand BFM Party on 14th of May. With the new Ladies Automatic, Runabout, Vintage Rally and Classics Collections, we reinforce our offer in the 800 – 3.000 Euro range. All new introductions are well considered additions to best selling collections, through which we maintain our successful positioning as a classical, independent Geneva-based brand in the accessible luxury segment.

Strength of Smart Consumerism… Since its beginning, Frederique Constant has had a strategy to manufacture classical watches at Accessible Luxury prices. We target primary younger business people who have an €800-3’000 budget. Younger people are still on their career ladder and do not earn huge salaries. Why should they not be able to buy a beautiful Geneva fine watch? This is why we offer our Frederique Constant timepieces, to let more people enjoy luxury. In today’s smart consumerism, we do not only target younger business people anymore, Frederique Constant watches are for all people who love classical fine watches with a genuine value. Beautiful classical watches people buy for themselves, to feel happy about. Not to show-off. If Frederique Constant Customers want to show something, they can brag to their friends that they have made a good choice, a smart choice. It is in line with today’s trend that conspicuous consumerism is out, no more Hummers, no more bling-bling.”  …

 

This is the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705 with in-house hand-assembled movement. Manufacturer recommended retail price is 2995 Euro. The FC-705S4S6B is presented with a three-part stainless steel case measuring  42mm diameter. The automatic movement features hours, minutes, date and moon phase, all adjustable through the single crown. The domed silver dial is adorned with hand-applied nickel indexes and hands, and is protected by a convex sapphire crystal.

 

Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705

 

These are two new 2014 versions now with a metal bracelet …

Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705N4S6B
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705N4S6B
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Profile
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Profile
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705S4S6B
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705S4S6B
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705S4S6B & FC-705N4S6B
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture FC-705S4S6B & FC-705N4S6B

 

These are two new executions of the Worldtimer

The Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer  FC-718MC4H6B features a silver dial with a simple yet rich “guilloche” decoration at the centre. Hand-polished, black oxydised hour and minute hands and hand-applied Roman numerals provide a contrast to the silver dial.

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718MC4H6B
Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718MC4H6B

 

The second of the two new models is the Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718WM4H6B. This model features an detailed silver world map at its center, giving the watch that real “wow” factor.  The hour and minute hands are a midnight blue colour; the hour indexes are luminous.

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718WM4H6B
Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718WM4H6B

 

And last but not least this is an Alpina 2014 novelty …

Alpina Startimer Pilot "Black Star" Automatic Chronograph
Alpina Startimer Pilot
“Black Star”
Automatic Chronograph
Alpina Startimer Pilot "Black Star" Automatic Chronograph
Alpina Startimer Pilot
“Black Star”
Automatic Chronograph

 

As an addition to the  Alpina « Startimer Pilot » professional pilot collection the all black Startimer Pilot “Black Star”, with its black PVD coated stainless steel case, « sunray » dial finishing, applied numerals and applied minutes ring, maintains all the professional pilot features the Alpina Startimer Collection is known for.  The combination of the “stealth” black case colour and the luxury dial finishes results in a perfect combination of strict pilot functionalities and an elegant, yet expert design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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