The Genevan watchmaker Frédérique Constant has unveiled its latest Slimline Moonphase Manufacture timekeeper at the Baselworld 2013 fair. Supplied with a manufacture self-winding caliber FC-705 which enables a perfectly executed moon phase indication, the newcomer will be offered at the very affordable price of around $3,500 (at least for the basic versions of the model). The watch will be available in five variations with different dial colors and case materials. Two of the versions are in a steel housing, one is in a gold plated steel case, while the most lavish version of this classical and timeless modest size watch come in a solid red gold casing.
Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture timekeeper sports a subdued appearance which, as the manufacturer notes, would be stylish a hundred years ago, as well as a century from now in the future. The perfectly round three-part case of the watch has the modest diameter of 42 mm and a slim profile, though the brand unfortunately still have not revealed the exact measures. The slim profile of the watch is complemented with a nice looking convex sapphire crystal at the front and a see-though section at the back. The novelty by Frédérique Constant supports water resistance to 30 meters.
A Single Crown Controls it All
Due to the careful planning and construction, Slimline Moonphase Manufacture includes just a single crown which is utilized to control all of its functions. The crown of the timekeeper can be set in one of three available positions. While the first one is used for the winding of the timepiece, the second sets its date and moonphase displays (depending whether it is turned clock-wise or in the opposite direction). The final crown position is for the setting of the time. These are the only supported features and the watch lacks a second hand.
In accordance with current trends, the timepiece likewise has an exceptionally detailed and realistic representation of the moon (used for the moonphase display) which is executed with the use of a new technique known by the name “laser ablation”. In the heart of the latest watch by the Genevan watchmaker is automatic-winding in-house caliber FC-705 which runs on the frequency of 28,800 vph and has a power reserve which lasts around 42 hours. The quality proprietary caliber is decorated with perlage and circular Cotes de Geneva pattern, as it can be seen through its transparent case-back. Speaking of wristlets, each of the models is paired with an alligator strap with tongue buckle and water resistant lining on the inner side. The wristlets are available in different colors, depending on the version.
Five Variations of the Watch
As it has been mentioned, Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture timekeeper is available in five different variations. The first one is the FC-705S4S6 with a polished steel case, a silver dial and black strap. The other steel model is the FC-705N4S6 which has a navy blue dial and an attachment in the same shade. Unlike the first two models, the FC-705V4S4 has its steel case plated with rose gold, while the dial is once again in silver color and the strap is dark brown. Moving on, we reach the two more luxurious versions with a solid 18 K red gold housing, both with a dark brown attachment. While the FC-705V4S9 has a silver dial, the FC-705C4S9 sports a chocolate face. Each of the versions features applied indexes (nickel or rose gold, depending on the variation) and comes in a special wooden box. It is still unknown when these models will be available for sale.