January 22, 2020
The Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch remains one of the best-value travel watches available, offering an in-house movement that offers a remarkably easy-to-use crown for all functions. For nearly a decade now, the Worldtimer Manufacture has been celebrated for unpretentiously delivering the world time complication to collectors, new and old.
Recently, Frederique Constant released a subdued gray dial model that is available in a polished stainless steel case or a rose gold-plated stainless steel case. Both versions have the etched central world map and date window at 6 o’clock done in shades of gray. The rest of the dial, which includes the 24-hour disk and disk showing the 24 world time zones, is also done in shades of gray with touches of red.
Inside the Worldtimer Manufacture is the FC-718 in-house automatic movement, which operates at 28,800 vph and has a 42-hour power reserve. The movement is finished with côtes de Genève and perlage on the plates and bridges. What makes the FC-718 truly special is that it allows all worldtime functions to be activated via the crown, whereas most other worldtimers have a dedicated pusher for this. By simply moving home timezone to 12 o’clock, you can see the current time from each timezone. The onion-style crown is simple to use and can easily adjust the time, date, and worldtimer.
The 42mm-wide case is water resistant to 50M and has sapphire crystal on the dial and caseback, with anti-reflective coating applied on both sides. The Worldtime Manufacture has javelin-shaped hands that are highly legible against the dials. There is lume on the hour and minute hands, as well as on the applied hour markers.
The Frederique Constant Worldtimer Manufacture with gray dial with stainless steel case (Ref. FC-718DGWM4H6) comes on a gray alligator leather strap and is priced at $4,195. The Worldtimer Manufacture with gray dial on the rose-gold plated stainless steel case (Ref. FC-718DGWM4H4) also comes on a gray alligator leather strap and is priced at $4,395. You can learn more at frederiqueconstant.com.
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