As Baselworld 2017 is slowly approaching, more and more watchmaking brands unveil their novelties that will be officially presented during this watch show that will be held from March 23 to March 30, 2017. Frederique Constant expands its Classic Manufacture Collection with a new model that is capable to track time in twenty-four cities across the globe.
Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Watch is housed in a pink gold plated stainless steel case measuring 42mm in diameter. Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a warm and distinctive brown dial with the design of the world map which is nicely etched onto the dial surface. The outer rim features the names of 24 cities representing the main time-zones of the world.
Besides the fact that this newcomer allows its future owner to know in a single look the time around the world, it also offers a night-and-day indication. The date is shown by hand set at the 6 o’clock position. The hours are marked by luminous dot indices. The gold-plated hour and minute hands have a sleek, polished finish, just like the three-part case.
The beating heart of the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is the in-house developed, produced and assembled caliber FC-718 automatic movement that fuels the functions and 42-hour power reserve. The manually wound mechanism consists of 139 individual parts and its balance operates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz). The movement’s finishes include perlage and côtes de Genève on the bridges and plates. The inner beauty of the movement is visible from the rear through a sapphire crystal case back.
The Worldtimer function is designed to be entirely controlled by the hand which means that no additional push pieces or correctors were added. Therefore, the Maison became the very first watchmaker to introduce such complicated achievement. The crown has three positions. The first is for manual winding, the second offers the wearer to adjust the date and the city, whilst the third position allows the future owner of the watch to set the time.
The Classic Worldtimer Manufacture from the house of Frederique Constant is constructed to resist water pressure up to 50 meters (approximately 165 feet). The watch is teamed up with an elegant brown leather strap with white stitches. The retail price will be 3,795 Swiss francs and it will be available at Frederique Constant’s site.