Frederique Constant Slimline Gents Small Seconds is a relatively new watchmaker, but over the last three decades, the brand has consistently grown stronger, always coming up with attractive luxury watch models.
This article will take a closer look at the company, and center on its watch collections. Whether this is your first time reading about the brand, or if you’re thinking of purchasing your first Frederique Constant watch, this piece will let you in on some of the most important things that you need to know.
Frederique Constant was founded in 1988 by couple Aletta Francoise Frédérique Stas-Bax and Peter Constant Stas. The company is named as such because the founders took the names of their great grandparents and combined them (Frédérique Schreiner and Constant Stas).
The company may not be as old compared to its other Swiss watch company counterparts—most of which have been operating for more than a century—but the company proved that they are also experts in watchmaking since their inception. According to reports, the company’s production by 2011 reached 120,000, with watches being sold in more than a hundred countries.
In 2016, Japanese watchmaker and electronics brand Citizen acquired the company. The Citizen Holding Group also owns Bulova, Arnold & Son, Alpina and CAMPANOLA
The company has its main headquarters at Plan-les-Ouates, a 3,200 square meter property where the watches are assembled—from movement and assembly to quality control. There is also a facility in Geneva.
According to the brand’s website, the process of making a Frederique Constant watch starts with a discussion between employees of different departments such as sales, marketing, and workshops. When the employees are finished with the initial brainstorming and discussions, the designers will draw the ideas and plan the specifications of the watch. Then, the team will be ready to start working on a prototype.
During the development process of a watch, the company makes use of technology to develop a vision—specifically, a computer design software: “The Designer will then build the model, component by component, layer by layer, which in turn will go on to define the manufacturing process for this watch itself.”
Yes, Frederique Constant is a respected watch brand appreciated by experts and watch lovers alike. A simple search online will lead you to a number of watch websites and forums of watch aficionados confirming that the company is highly regarded, and the watches they produce are of very high quality (which explains the hefty price tags). You can check out discussions such as this one to see what others think of the company.
If you’re looking for other brands to compare that are in a relatively similar category, as far as build quality, style and reputation we suggest you start with brands such as Tissot or Longines, Raymond Weil or Oris.
This question will be further answered below when we start talking about the brand’s different watch collections in detail.
Frederique Constant Slimline Gents Small Seconds has a wide range of watches to choose from, available in both men’s and women’s sizes. Below, we’ll talk about some of the brand’s best collections and take a closer look at some of its best models.