The Frederique Constant Manufacture Perpetual Calendar is FC’s entry into the perpetual calendar world, and, true to the company’s philosophy, comes in as a fantastic value in the world of complicated mechanical watches. The new calibre FC-775 movement was designed and manufactured entirely in house at their factory in Plan-les-Ouates Switzerland. It’s the nineteenth in-house movement from the relatively young brand, and arguably their most ambitious to date.
The FC-775 movement’s 191 parts were designed in software, 3D printed in large scale working models, then CNC manufactured and finally hand assembled, all by the engineers and watchmakers at Frederique Constant. This design and manufacturing process results in a perpetual calendar movement that is robust, reliable, and easily adjusted when it needs work. Once set, the calendar mechanism won’t need to be adjusted until March 1st 2100, then not again for a few centuries. But since, like all mechanical watches, this one will need servicing more frequently than that, the FC-775’s design and manufacturing process makes this one of the more easily assembled and adjusted perpetual calendar movements ever. Your watchmaker will thank you.
Frederique Constant is launching the model with three variations: a steel case with white dial, a rose gold plated steel case with white dial, and a rose gold plated steel case with blue dial. All three varieties are very attractive, and all come fitted with a color corresponding leather strap. The dial is a simple, classic perpetual calendar layout, with the month and leap year indications in the top sub-dial, date sub-dial at 3:00, moonphase at 6:00, and weekday at 9:00. The case too is simple, with a thin, smooth bezel that slopes nicely away from the dial. The case is based on their Slimline design, making the watch very wearable at its 42mm width. The onion crown is proportional to the case and looks appropriate for the style of the watch.