Frederique Constant Watches – Worldtimer and Horological Smartwatch
Frederique Constant is a watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers, 21 different versions since 2004. In 2015 Frederique Constant introduced the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch, powered by MMT SwissConnect and entirely displayed with an analog dial, thereby creating an entirely new watch category in the Swiss watch industry. Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra-modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers.
The New Elegant Classic Worldtimer
The man of today has become a true Citizen of the World and travelling has become as natural as running or reading. It is the “it” hobby of the moment! Frederique Constant has redesigned the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture and presents its latest version. A sophisticated new brown color pattern for the more classical man. Perfect for meeting get-a-ways or some downtime across the globe, allowing you to track time around the world with the greatest of ease.
Rose gold-plated stainless steel and brown patterns make the new Worldtimer, an elegant and sophisticated travelling watch. A dark brown design of the world map finely etched onto to the dial and the twenty-four cities on its outer rim make you wish for the next destination. The date by hand at 6 o’clock seamlessly combines with the Worldtimer function without disrupting the esthetic of the watch. And even though the dial is busy with information, indexes on each hour make reading the time an easy and simple task.
The watchmakers at Frederique Constant have accomplished an extraordinary feat with the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture, which not only embellishes the timepiece but also is key to the user. They were able to create an in-house developed, produced and assembled caliber holding 139 parts and measuring 30mm in diameter, where the Worldtimer function is completely controlled by the crown. Thus, no additional push buttons or correctors were added which is esthetically more pleasant and simpler to use. Frederique Constant is the first brand to ever introduce such complication achievement. The crown has three positions. The first lets the user manually wind the watch by turning the crown upwards; the second allows the user to set the date and city by turning the crown upwards and downwards, respectively; the third position allows the user to set the time by turning the crown downwards. This Worldtimer features two discs, one displaying 24h day-night indication and a second one listing the twenty-four cities. As a true Manufacture movement, this FC-718 caliber features Perlages and Côtes de Genève decoration, and this particular one holds a 42h power reserve.
Notify Collection for Ladies
After having introduced the first Horological Smartwatches for Ladies last November in New York, during an event hosted by the brand’s Global Charity Ambassador Gwyneth Paltrow, Frederique Constant is pleased to enrich this collection with new versions revealed at Baselworld 2017.
Originally launched in 2015, the Horological Smartwatch was born after three years of extensive research and development with Frederique Constant being the first in the Swiss watch industry to introduce a Horological Smartwatch, an analog watch offering connected functionalities.
The Ladies’ versions of the Horological Smartwatch combine the two worlds of high-tech innovation with the traditional Swiss watch craftsmanship, offering a refined, elegant and feminine design watch with connected functionalities.
Frederique Constant’s three new Ladies models showcase intricate detailed dials featuring heart’s guilloché decoration, mother of pearl on the outer dial and applied Roman numeral indexes. The 34mm case comes in two variations; one in an all-steel version, and a second one in steel with a rose gold-plated bezel.
A classic look to accompany the modern woman of today in all her daily activities from the workingwoman, to mothers and sport enthusiasts alike, motivating her to move more, sleep better, and ultimately improve her overall lifestyle. What better way than to include a new rubber strap in order to turn this classical watch into the ideal active companion. The new rubber straps, soft to touch and water-resistant, come in two different colors: white and black.
The much-appreciated “activity & sleep tracking” sub-dial is featured at the center of the watch and the 2, 4, 8, and 10 o’clock positions reveal its characteristics: call notifications, sleep monitoring, activity tracking, and text notifications, respectively. MMT SwissConnect designed the Ladies MMT-281 quartz module at a smaller scale to fit the more feminine and elegant 34mm case. The module is powered by 2+ years battery life.
The new Horological Smartwatch carries the latest “Notify” features, namely call and email notifications. This function allows the user to be notified whenever she receives a call or an email. After connecting and pairing the watch to the MMT-365 app, calls are automatically linked to the smartwatch, then whenever the user receives a call, the watch vibrates briefly, the hour and minute hands join at 2 o’clock for 2 seconds notifying the user that a call is coming through, the same happens for the email notifications, except the hour and minute hands will point to 10 o’clock.
The new MMT-365 app which connects to the smartwatch via Bluetooth is available on both iOS and Android systems, with simple and easy-to-understand graphics to highlight how much one has moved and slept during the day, week or month.