Presented in 2022, the Frédérique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture imposed itself in record-breaking time as one of Frederique Constant most sold timepieces, widely acclaimed by the watchmaking community. A success which shows no sign of abating, today celebrating its 10th anniversary with two very exclusive limited editions: the first in 18-carat pink gold, a production of just 88 watches and the second in steel comprising 1,888 pieces. Dedicated to the art of travel and exploration of the world, they illustrate to perfection the watchmaker’s international history, from the Netherlands to Switzerland, taking in Hong Kong on the way. It is a special creation, dear to Frederique Constant’s history, which itself crosses continents and transcends borders. A true travel icon presented for the first time in 2012, the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture, now a must, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2022. To mark the event, Frederique Constant is now presenting two exclusive limited editions, for the greatest satisfaction of fine watch collectors and fans.
To celebrate this anniversary in a befitting way, Frederique Constant has decided to take a new path and break with traditional watchmaking by offering its icon a journey into Web 3.0: the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture has become an NFT.
An NFT (Non Fungible Token) is a digital asset inside a contract drawn up in a blockchain. It guarantees ownership of a digital asset that can be of any kind: an artistic work, an avatar, a collectible, a musical production, etc. It can be bought and sold in specialised market places, but can also offer exclusive experiences to the holders of these assets (utilities).
The creation of exclusive NFTs of the Frédérique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture will be entrusted to Rarecubes, a Geneva-based studio specialised in blockchain technology. More details will soon be available on the official Frederique Constant website.
The two versions on offer are coloured a deep blue which represents the oceans of the central planisphere, executed in relief and in grey. All around luminescent indexes are applied to ensure perfect readability, even at night – like the hour and minute hands, marked in the same way. To finish the assembly, a white disc displaying 24 cities unfolds on the flange. Finally, at 6 o’clock the date is displayed by a hand on a blue, fine sunray guilloché dial.
The first version, rarer and more prestigious, will be limited to just 88 pieces and offers an 18-carat pink gold case. The second, produced in steel, will be limited to 1,888 pieces. The hands of the hours, minutes and seconds – as well as the contour of the indexes – also elegantly reflect the case, using the same hue. Sharing the same 42 mm diameter, these two timepieces are worn on a navy blue alligator strap with a folding buckle, decorated with the emblematic seal of the Frederique Constant Manufacture, an eternal passport for escape.
How does the Frédérique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture today manage to impose itself in collectors’ hearts? A single question, but several answers, all combined within its new variations.