DailyWatch, as they proudly proclaim in their Instagram bio, is the world’s biggest watch account. I’ll admit that I haven’t done a scientific study on the matter, but they have 2.5 million followers, which is an awful lot of people by any measure. This week, they released their first collaborative watch, an extremely limited Frederique Constant flyback chronograph, and it has a classic, minimalist appeal that we thought was worth sharing.
The design brief here, which took shape over the course of months, was “purity and precision.” We can see in the finished product, which features a stark white dial and subtle black and blue contrasts for legibility, how this was realized. The Flyback Chronograph “DailyWatch,” as it’s known, has a two register chrono display and a third subdial at 6:00 that displays the date. It’s tough to design a chronograph with excellent and balanced legibility in all scenarios because of the inherent need to show the user a lot of information at a glance, but the black on white design and large applied hour markers across an expansive dial go a long way toward creating a dial that doesn’t become an eye chart.
The new chronograph is powered by the FC-760 caliber, which saw its debut in 2017 and has popped up in a variety of Frederique Constant chronos in the years since. The team at Frederique Constant have made a name for themselves by developing complicated movements at an accessible price point. A flyback chronograph, used to time events in rapid succession by “flying back” to zero at the push of a button, is something of a specialty complication within the world of chronographs, and there was a time not too long ago when you’d be expected to pay a handsome premium for it. Frederique Constant is able to deliver a watch this this type of movement for a little over $4,000 with clever engineering and a module style construction that the brand has patented.