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Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Watch

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

Frederique Constant is a young brand, having been established in 1988, yet it is one of a select group in Switzerland that can count itself as being a “manufacture.” This is shown off best in watches like the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch, which the brand has been producing for several years now and is newly introduced with a deep brown dial.

Previously, Frederique Constant added a variant with a blue dial to its collection of worldtimer watches which at that point only came with white dials. The new Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch comes with a brown dial, which is a less obvious choice than something like black, but it matches well with the rose gold plating on the case. Ironically, the drawback lies here, as there might be more than a few people who would just prefer the plain steel to a gold-plated case.

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

The new Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch comes in a 42mm-wide polished stainless steel case that has been rose gold-plated. An interesting point about the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is that unlike most other worldtimer watches, there’s no pusher – everything is controlled by the crown. Water resistance is a pretty decent 50m and the watch also has a see-through sapphire crystal display case back.

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

Now, I would have expected the next version to have a black dial, but a brown dial is an interesting choice of color. In fact, brown dials are relatively rare and hard to find. The world map on the dial features a lighter shade of brown to provide contrast, and in keeping with the brown theme, the hour ring and city ring are both rendered in various differing shades of brown. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this watch will look like in the flesh.

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

Like the blue dial version before it, this Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch has hour and minute hands applied with lume to improve legibility in the dark. The hands are hand-polished and plated with rose gold. The hour markers also have lume plots. At 6 o’clock, you have the subdial showing the date.

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Inside beats Frederique Constant’s FC-718 in-house movement. It beats at a very modern 4Hz and features 42 hours of power reserve. It is also handsomely decorated, featuring perlage and circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the main bridge. But more importantly, having an in-house movement allowed Frederique Constant to make the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch easy to use. Unlike other worldtimer watches that may require pushers to advance the timezone, the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture’s various functions can be operated by the crown, including setting the time, calibrating the worldtimer, and even adjusting the date.

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

Overall, the new Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch is an unconventional take on one of the brand’s most popular pieces. The brown dial, while unorthodox, looks attractive enough in photos, and I can’t wait to see what the actual watch will look like. Like its predecessors, the new Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch is priced at $4,195. frederiqueconstant.com

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  • Love it, very classy! I don’t know if I can click both “love it” and “classy” but this way it’s safer.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    i was thinking wow, these guys are making really snazzy watches. and then i see it is plated and think, why? i get plating an orient bambino, but not something of this caliber and in this price range.

    • IanE

      And how long before it has a load of little steel scratches to show your friends how easy it is to buy a poseur wristwatch? Bizarre decision.

    • funkright

      Solid rose gold watch with a worldtime function would be allot more than this, in the multiples of this price 6 to 10 times this much.

      • Shawn Lavigne

        i get that, but i just can’t see spending four thousand us dollars on a plated watch. it’s a quality watch as is for a very reasonable price, just offer it in steel.

        • Ariel Adams

          What do you think PVD or DLC is? These are all just coating processes. At least with plating there is some actual real gold in there. I’d prefer a gold-plated watch versus a PVD-coated gold-toned watch.

          • Shawn Lavigne

            what i am saying is that at this price point i would prefer stainless steel. would you pay 4 grand for a gold plated watch?

          • IG

            I’d not buy a gold plated watch for a dollar.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Not a fan of PVD or DLC coating either. But PVD or DLC is a much harder coating than gold. Even your shirt will polish of gold plating after a while. Gold plated crowns, especially on hand wound watches will go away after a while. Gold is almost as soft as a chewing gum. I haven’t seen a gold plated watch still looking good after a year of constant wearing. It looks horrible. White gold watches are often plated with rhodium due to allergic reactions on zinc. It simply will scratch of after a while and then shows some yellowish colour. I’m not a fan of coated watches. But it’s up to the customer to decide. I wouldn’t buy any coated watch.

    • Bozzor

      I believe the thinking is that a watch like this will be worn underneath a long sleeved business or formal shirt in an office environment or otherwise “white collar” environment, and may indeed only be worn on special occasions. The plating won’t be threatened that much.

  • funkright

    Love the brown dial on this. As to quality, I’ve owned the Alpina Wordltimer (same movement). Loved it. Miss it. Quality price delta was amazing. One day I may own it again ?
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  • ??????

    I usually like what FC do, and Worldtimer in particular, but a “gold plated” watch for 4.2k $ is a no no for me. But I’m not surprised considering they have 10k perpetual calendars in same gold plated cases.

  • DanW94

    Great looking watch. They killed the color scheme. The rich brown hues of the dial coupled with the brown leather strap work in perfect concert with the gold plated case. It’s so much more elegant than the steel variant. Would definitely wear this one.

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      +1

      I’m not a gold (plated) wearer, it doesn’t’ suit me like steel or silver do. But this is one elegant watch.

    • egznyc

      +1
      I don’t buy this business about needing the world map for practical purposes. It’s just a design element and nothing more. I won’t forget where a country I’m traveling to can be found. The brown dial is truly exceptional and goes well with the gold-plated case. I am a bit suspicious of gold-plating, and am not sure I’d want one myself, but it does make a lot of sense to a lot of people. Maybe a bronze-cased variant would be possible instead …

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Their is way too much going on here.

  • BNABOD

    looks great but as previously mentioned gold plated is not a good move. Just get the steel model and move on and spend less.

  • Word Merchant

    Gold plated!? Seriously? I thought we’d left that sort of nonsense behind long ago.

  • John William Salevurakis

    Date function concealing three or four time zones. 🙁

  • IG

    I hate world timers with maps as illustrations, not functional hemispheres just to increase the visual clutter. For the designer:

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  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    I realy like the color of this watch. BUT, there is just too much crammed into too small an area. Conflicting complications obscuring each other shows poor design.
    Just too much to digest ruining the transfer of info process,

  • Mischa Vladivostok

    I agree with most comments. That date sub-dial eats away at the worldt-timer disc, makes everything seem too crammed, and highlights just how useless the world map is. The glued-over branding accentuates this even further. Do not buy this watch if you live in Europe or South Africa.

    I do appreciate the colour scheme, though. Not to my personal taste, but very elegant.

  • Celine

    Wow, so much hate for gold plate! I think it’s a great option to keep the price point reasonable–not everyone wants stainless steel all the time. Plus, this is a Swiss-made, in-house movement with the über practical world timer function. FC did a great job offering an elegant and practical watch complete with all the bells and whistles that doesn’t require a house refinance to afford.

  • Pankaj Adhikary

    Wonderful and informative; these two words are perfect for this amazing blog. The Prime Watches also have similar type of blogs.

  • Can’t say this is one of my favourites from FC, definitely agree that it is too cluttered. They have done some beaut models recently though. If anyone was interested I did see a 10% off discount code for FC – code Constant10 works at watchnation.com – pretty decent saving when you think about it

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