There’s beauty in simplicity. It’s a concept often forgotten by watchmakers trying to come up with new complications and wild dial designs. But it’s not forgotten by Frederique Constant in their latest refresher of the Classic Manufacture line.
But first, a bit on the brand. Frederique Constant was founded in 1988 by Peter Stas and Aletta Bax. In 2004, Frederique Constant introduced their first in-house caliber, and in 2008 they expanded their manufacture with the FC-700 base caliber.
For their latest expansion of the Classic Manufacture line, Frederique Constant has stripped away many of the Classic’s distinct elements and simplified the design into a beautiful example of watchmaking. The dials—one in black and another in silver—offer a vintage, art-déco look that does away with the guilloché dial pattern and thick Roman indexes of their predecessors. Instead, the dials are polished and the Roman indexes have been slimmed, resulting in a cleaner look. Furthermore, replacing the ornate Breguet hands is a set of simplified leaf hands—a great match to the dial. Overall, the new look is streamlined and sharp. Really sharp. Like, “cut yourself if you touch them” sharp.