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Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Classics

The Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Classics comes from the luxury Swiss watchmaker’s latest collection of hybrid smartwatches, which for the first time includes models for women.

Unlike the new Notify models, the Classics doesn’t offer notification support, instead focusing on discreetly adding fitness tracker features. So it’ll count steps, log sleep and even buzz you if you’ve been inactive for too long. It’s still a WorldTimer smartwatch so you’ll be able to check other time zones with a simple press of the crown.
3The iOS and Android-friendly hybrid unsurprisingly doesn’t come cheap. This mens model we tried out costs a not so wallet-friendly $1,295, but that’s pretty much in keeping with the Swiss watchmaker’s philosophy to merge luxurious design with added smarts.
So does Frederique Constant’s latest hybrid get the balance right? Here’s our full verdict on the Horological Classics.
Just like its predecessors, this is a beaut of a watch. From the 42mm, rose gold plated stainless steel watch case to the brown leather strap with fine yellow stitching, this is every bit the luxury timepiece.

This is just one of the Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Classics models available with different strap and case variations also on offer (starting from $995), so if this look isn’t for you, there are more options. But we’re definitely fans of this combo.
The navy watch face compliments that gold exterior and the indexes. Yes, we’re gushing about how good it looks, but it’s one of the nicest hybrid smartwatches we’ve had the pleasure of wearing.

It’s a hybrid but you wouldn’t know otherwise. There’s no secondary dial like previous WorldTimer models and it doesn’t carry any extra bulk, making it a really light and comfortable watch to wear during the day and at night. The only real hint of its smarts lie in the small icons hidden within the watch face that indicate when it’s in either activity or sleep tracking mode.
As far as physical features go, there’s a crown that’s not actually a crown in the traditional sense. You’re not going to be able to twist it to adjust the time. It’s been replaced by a button that’s used to switch between tracking modes and to bring the Worldtimer mode into action. If you need a reminder, that lets you briefly check another time zone. It’s a nice touch.

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The Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Classics is water resistant up to 50 metres so it’s fit for the pool. The problem is that we wouldn’t recommend jumping in with that fine leather strap unless you’re happy to have a soggy strap around your wrist for the rest of the day.
So we’ve established this is a gorgeous looking watch, now here’s what it can actually do. It’s more of a fitness tracker/watch hybrid than smartwatch because you can’t receive notifications. It uses familiar motion tracking sensors like an accelerometer to count steps, distance and estimate calorie burn. It will also track sleep, but it’s not done automatically, so you’ll need to switch it on from the crown or from inside of the app.

There are also a few other fitness tracker-style features that make the cut, like inactivity alerts, which sends a vibrating buzz to the watch. It’s pretty subtle though and there’s no way to control the strength of that vibration either. There’s also a smart alarm to wake you up, and here the buzzing is a little stronger.
Frederique Constant (left and centre) and Withings Steel HR (right)

As far as accuracy is concerned we put it up against the Withings Steel HR and there was a step count difference of around 500-600 steps. On a day when I ran though it was up to around 2,000 steps. No two fitness trackers are ever likely to dish out identical stats because of the different tracking algorithms used, but I was generally happy on those days where the majority of my active time was from walking.
Sleep tracking was pretty good as well, despite the annoyance that automatic sleep monitoring is not offered, so it’s a lot easier to forget to turn it on before you go to bed. The data compared to the Steel HR data was roughly in the same ballpark. It breaks things down into deep sleep, light sleep and awake time, the kind of metrics we see from most fitness trackers. You can also see total sleep, the time you fell asleep and the amount of times you woke up during the night. Ultimately, don’t expect anything groundbreaking here, but it does do the basics well.
To get things set up and to review your data you need to have the MMT-365 smartphone app downloaded to your iPhone or Android phone. Not the MotionX app, which we initially downloaded that uses an identical app icon. It’s the same app layout, but it will not pair with the Classics watch.

It’s near enough an identical layout to when we first encountered the companion app a couple of years ago. The focal point is the main home screen that displays data in three rings, a system also used by the Apple Watch, but on the Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Classics these represent your activity, sleep and coach. To sync data, you’ll need to press the crown on the watch, which activates the hands and should illuminate the two or three of the rings on the app (depending whether you’ve had a sleep).
There’s also a breakdown of that data in percentages below the rings. This is a bit like Jawbone’s Smart Coach where you can view daily, weekly, and monthly trends for steps, calories burned and sleep. You’ll also get activity and sleep insights with bits of trivia that’ll tell you things like how much yard work burns calories, or how that five minutes after the end of a dream, you forget 50% of the dream’s content. Not always useful, but interesting nonetheless.

A final screen offers a surprising amount of additional features to tinker with including adjusting step and sleep goals. It also reveals that there’s an additional sleep mode letting you place the watch under your pillow and to automatically turn off sleep tracking after you’ve walked 250 steps.
There are additional fitness-focused features including a stopwatch and BMR calories, which is essentially counting calories including your basal metabolic rate (BMR). These are the calories your body burns at rest, computed from height, weight, age and gender.
It still offers cloud storage to back up your data to restore sleep and activity data, access to the SwisConnect Messenger messaging system and free access to SwissConnect Gym. This is an additional app that offers personalised training and nutritional programs.

The app is really easy to use and also offers some interesting ideas here that would be welcome additions to more traditional fitness trackers that we’ve seen from Fitbit, Misfit, Garmin and company.

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Frederique Constant Smartwatch Ladies Vitality

Frederique Constant Smartwatch Ladies Vitality introduced its latest connected watch, the Smartwatch Vitality, bursting with technology and featuring a digital dial revealed on demand. In addition to the features that were key to the success of its predecessors, the Smartwatch Vitality embraces a major innovation in the form of a new generation, integrated sensor developed by Philips Wearable Sensing, which can measure the heart rate directly from the wrist.
Back in 2015, Frederique Constant Smartwatch Ladies Vitality unveiled its Horological Smartwatch. More than a new timepiece, it created a new segment within the watchmaking industry. For the very first time, a Swiss manufacture had designed, developed and assembled a watch with a classic Swiss Made aesthetic (analogue dial and hands) endowed with onboard intelligence, and powered by a quartz movement supported by a connected module with two years of autonomy.
The Horological Smartwatch was followed by two other developments: The Horological Smartwatch Notify (2016) – based on the same principle, with additional notifications for calls and messages – and the Classic Hybrid Manufacture (2018), the first model to combine a Manufacture movement with intelligent functionalities. Today marks a new chapter in this great saga: The Smartwatch Vitality.
As with previous iterations, the Smartwatch Vitality represents a major breakthrough, in line with the continuous innovation championed by Frederique Constant. And yet, at first glance, none of this is visible; once again, the Manufacture has committed itself to a classically elegant and timeless looking watch, but one that harbours the ultimate connected technology… without giving anything away.
The Smartwatch Vitality has a dial with two faces – a first at Frederique Constant. The first is characterised by Roman numerals and hand-polished hour and minute hands… chic and contemporary classicism for those who appreciate sophisticated timepieces with a refined look.
When pressing the crown, the dial reveals a digital display on its lower part that allows the user to access numerous information like the heart rate, the activity tracker, a second time zone and even the last five messages from your favourite apps, among other things. The dial lets the light of the digital screen placed behind it, shine through. The latter displays connected functionalities – itself connected to the watch’s microprocessor.
Since the Smartwatch Vitality model is connected to the Frederique Constant Smartwatch App (available for iOS and Android), all the functionalities of the watch may be configured directly via the application. The user can choose to display all the timepiece’s connected functions on the screen or configure a selection of information only. For an even more personalized usage, the order in which the information can be passed can also be determined.
To move from one function to another, all the user needs to do is push the crown: simple, intuitive, immediate. As soon as the latter has taken note of the desired information, the digital screen returns to standby mode and is once more invisible to the eye. The Smartwatch Vitality then regains its classic and elegant appearance in an instant.

‍The Frederique Constant Smartwatch Ladies Vitality benefits from technological advances made by the Manufacture over the past five years. It is powered by the FC-287 calibre (men’s models) and FC-286 calibre (ladies’ models). Once again, Frederique Constant is leveraging quartz technology for the user’s benefit.
The battery of the Smartwatch Vitality is rechargeable and lasts up to 7 days for the ladies’ models and 11 days for the men’s models, depending on the usage. What is more, advances in miniaturisation allowed the 36 mm diameter ladies’ model to offer the same functionality as the 42 mm model.
The four ladies’ models are shaped in a 36 mm polished stainless-steel, rose gold-plated or two-tone gold/steel case. The women’s designs combine elegance and grace with a floral pattern spread over the dial, around which eight-hour markers are set with diamonds.

In terms of straps, Frederique Constant wanted to give customers plenty to choose from. Each of the ladies’ models comes with a leather strap or steel bracelet but can equally be accessorised with a range of five other stylish and sporty rubber straps. Match your Smartwatch Vitality to your mood with straps in colours such as purple, white, pink, red and grey, sold separately.

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Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Vitality

Hot on the heels of the Hublot Big Bang e comes the Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Vitality.y. It’s a hybrid: a quartz analogue timepiece with a “magic” digital display at the six. Cute! But this dog won’t hunt. Which isn’t surprising, considering its bloodline . . .
Frederique Constant’s first hybrid smartwatch debuted in 2015. The Horological Smartwatch monitored steps, tracked sleep and provided basic notifications.

The information was transferred, analyzed and controlled by a bespoke phone app, synced with the watch (via Bluetooth) by pressing the crown. The hands’ position indicated steps, sleep and the existence of a notification.
In 2016, Frederique Constant updated their Horological Smartwatch, adding a subdial and two more hands.

The Gents Classic Horological Smartwatch is still on FC’s website for $1295, available elsewhere for $495.

Not to put too fine a point on it, the updated Horological Smartwatch joins its predecessor’s journey to the scrapheap of horological history.
Enter the 2020 Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality. Vitality because the hybrid smartwatch includes a Philips Wearable Sensing heart rate monitor.

According to healthy.io.com, 64 beats per minute resting is 5.9% slower than the typical adult average of 73 bpm for both sexes. If FC sending a subtle message that the Smartwatch Vitality isn’t all that exciting? Or is someone in the PR department a Beatles’ fan?
Either way, the Smartwatch Vitality HR monitor is hardly a compelling sales proposition. Click here for six smart watches featuring up-to-date heart rate monitors, priced from $88 to $400.

In fact, Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Vitality. have had HR monitoring since Medieval times. Today’s smartwatch makers are busy adding to a wide range of health-related functions that save wearers’ lives.
Old tech in a high tech world. How can Frederique Constant even begin to sell this thing? Here’s their PR peeps’ pitch:

When pressing the crown, the dial reveals a digital display on its lower part that allows the user to access numerous information like the heart rate, the activity tracker, a second time zone and even the last five messages from your favourite apps, among other things.
What favorite apps? Among other things? What things?

There’s a second time zone and a stopwatch function. But that leaves hundreds of “things” the FC Smartwatch Vitality can’t do that an Apple Watch and any other “proper” smartwatch can. Including an always-on display.

Don’t get me wrong. I get it. The Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality is a classic Swiss watch first, a crap smartwatch second. Only a classic Swiss watch doesn’t become obsolete. A smartwatch – especially a hybrid – does.
Judging from Frederique Constant’s video, the Smartwatch Vitality is aimed at women. Really? There’s only one market for the Vitality with any real potential: old people intimidated by smartwatches who want a smartwatch. The same folks who buy one of those dumbed down, big number flip phones.
Frederique Constant introduces its latest connected watch, the Smartwatch Vitality, bursting with technology and featuring a digital dial revealed on demand. In addition to the features that were key to the success of its predecessors, the Smartwatch Vitality embraces a major innovation in the form of a new generation, integrated sensor developed by Philips Wearable Sensing, which can measure the heart rate directly from the wrist.
Back in 2015, Frederique Constant unveiled its Horological Smartwatch. More than a new timepiece, it created a new segment within the watchmaking industry. For the very first time, a Swiss manufacture had designed, developed and assembled a watch with a classic Swiss Made aesthetic (analogue dial and hands) endowed with onboard intelligence, and powered by a quartz movement supported by a connected module with two years of autonomy.

The Horological Smartwatch was followed by two other developments: the Horological Smartwatch Notify (2016) – based on the same principle, with additional notifications for calls and messages – and the Classic Hybrid Manufacture (2018), the first model to combine a Manufacture movement with intelligent functionalities. Today marks a new chapter in this great saga: the Smartwatch Vitality.

As with previous iterations, the Smartwatch Vitality represents a major breakthrough, in line with the continuous innovation championed by Frederique Constant. And yet, at first glance, none of this is visible; once again, the Manufacture has committed itself to a classically elegant and timeless looking watch, but one that harbours the ultimate connected technology… without giving anything away.
The Smartwatch Vitality has a dial with two faces – a first at Frederique Constant. The first is characterised by Roman numerals and hand-polished hour and minute hands… chic and contemporary classicism for those who appreciate sophisticated timepieces with a refined look.

When pressing the crown, the dial reveals a digital display on its lower part that allows the user to access numerous information like the heart rate, the activity tracker, a second time zone and even the last five messages from your favourite apps, among other things. The dial lets the light of the digital screen placed behind it, shine through. The latter displays connected functionalities -itself connected to the watch’s microprocessor.
Since the Smartwatch Vitality model is connected to the Frederique Constant Smartwatch App (available for iOS and Android), all the functionalities of the watch may be configured directly via the application.
The user can choose to display all the timepiece’s connected functions on the screen or configure a selection of information only. For an even more personalized usage, the order in which the information can be passed can also be determined.

To move from one function to another, all the user needs to do is push the crown: simple, intuitive, immediate. As soon as the latter has taken note of the desired information, the digital screen returns to standby mode and is once more invisible to the eye. The Smartwatch Vitality then regains its classic and elegant appearance in an instant.
The Smartwatch Vitality benefits from technological advances made by the Manufacture over the past five years. It is powered by the FC-287 calibre (men’s models) and FC-286 calibre (ladies’ models). Once again, Frederique Constant is leveraging quartz technology for the user’s benefit.
The battery of the Smartwatch Vitality is rechargeable and lasts up to 7 days for the ladies’ models and 11 days for the men’s models, depending on the usage. What is more, advances in miniaturisation allowed the 36 mm diameter ladies’model to offer the same functionality as the 42 mm model.
The new Frederique Constant Smartwatch Gents Vitality. has a wide variety of intelligent features, which details, and objectives, can be defined via the App directly.

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Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic

Following the launch of the first Highlife models unveiled last September, Frederique Constant is adding a new collection especially for women, simply named “Frederique Constant Highlife Ladies Automatic“. The latter features three designs – the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling, Frederique Constant Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat and Highlife Ladies Automatic – combining over 30 years of watchmaking expertise and the desire to come up with an authentic creation for 21st century women. The timepieces in this collection also feature the Highlife’s hallmark strap, which is built into the case and can be changed at will – the secret to making watches truly timeless and ensuring they always strike the right note.
Over 20 years ago now, back in 1999, Frederique Constant Highlife Ladies Automatic introduced the very first Highlife watches. In 2020, the Maison revived the iconic design, reintroducing the collection with resolutely modern curves rooted in the 21st century. Owing to its popularity, the latter inspired the eponymous collection for women, unveiled this year for watchmaking enthusiasts, the sophisticated and fashion-forward modern women of today and tomorrow. The Highlife Ladies Automatic collection adds a new dimension to the definition of accessible luxury according to Frederique Constant. Graceful yet assertive, the delicate 34 mm diameter watch combines the subtlety of an exquisitely feminine timepiece with the presence of one that asserts its identity and unique character. The new design translates into both taut and flexible lines, the modernity of a creation that denies nothing of its craftsmanship, balance or style.

Of course, the new collection features the integrated and interchangeable strap that has become the hallmark of Highlife stamped timepieces. The design merges case and strap in the same continuity, just like the women fitting two or even three days into one, with fluidity and energy.

A closely guarded secret, the first link holds the key to the invisible integrated system that makes it possible to change the strap at will and without the need for tools. For those whose elegance embraces everything they do, Frederique Constant allows wearers to change the strap as often as an outfit, occasion or mood dictates, helping them overcome the challenges of daily life and be fulfilled.

Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling: part of eternity on your wrist
The first piece from this collection – the new Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling – is intended for modern women looking for uncompromising elegance and an accessory that can keep up with their everyday life without sacrificing charm, finesse or authenticity.
Reproducing the various nuances of the Milky Way on the wrist, this true ode to femininity invites the wearer on a journey. The cosmic blue dial of the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling features various specks, representing stars. The contemporary product of an original design by the Manufacture that met with worldwide success, it has been replicated and upgraded for the first time within the new Highlife Ladies.

At the centre of its dial, you can almost catch a glimpse of celestial gleam, with its delicate nuances reflected in the bezel, which is fully set with diamonds. Like stars scattering the vastness of space, eight diamond index hour markers complete this cosmic and dreamlike composition, which comes with a steel strap, as well as a second interchangeable white rubber strap. The combination of steel, diamond and wonderfully pure rubber range in colour from pale grey to the shiniest diamond, via infinite nuances depending on the reflections adorning the piece. In sunlight or moonlight, from midday to midnight, the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling moves around the sun and the moon dial with grace and modernity, beating to the rhythm of those who live for the moment.

Highlife Ladies Automatic: The Essence of Frederique Constant
The Highlife Ladies Automatic is the perfect balance of classic, sporty and modern. Depending on your individual preference, it can also be customised by swapping the original bracelet for the rubber strap supplied with the watch. The first all-steel variation with its black dial and additional khaki strap can be made to take on a modern and adventurous look, for those who want a timepiece suited to everyday life and able to keep up with them in all situations.
The second, more glamorous version, is entirely rose gold plated and comes with an additional pink rubber strap. Girly and trendy, complete with diamond-set bezel, the piece fully embraces the spirit of excellence and refinement intrinsic to the Geneva-based watchmaker.

Finally, the third version puts the emphasis on grey, as can be seen on its subdued yet luminous dial. The steel/grey dial model also comes with another interchangeable strap, this time in sky blue rubber.

Each of these variations features the engraved globe on the surface of the dial that plays with multiple shades of light, another feature of the Highlife models. Hands and applique hour markers are tinged with luminescent material, the last of them, positioned at 12 o’clock, is always doubled – another Highlife signature detail, the only choice for those for whom the right time is first and foremost… theirs!

Frederique Constant Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat: The next generation
The latest Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat models capture the legacy of the Manufacture and carry it toward new creative horizons. At 12 o’clock, the pieces proudly display the window on their mechanical heart, made famous by Frederique Constant. Known as the “Heart Beat”, it lets you see the beating heart of the watch, its mechanical movement. It also reveals some essential components of Swiss Made precision.
Alongside this emblematic feature of the Maison, you’ll find the famous engraved globe. Symbolising the Earth, unity and balance, it is also the icon of a new generation that shares the same ideal for sustainable and sensible living – an ethic in perfect harmony with that of Frederique Constant, which champions quality, reliable watches that are both transferable and accessible to as many people as possible.

Two Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat models have been specially created for modern women who want to embrace grace and elegance at all times. They come in an all-steel option, or in rose gold plated steel, complete with rose gold-plated bezel and crown. For the detail-oriented, each version comes with an additional interchangeable rubber strap – sky blue in the case of the steel version and pink for the two-tone version. The Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat can be made to look classic or stylish, cheeky or elegant to suit the time, mood or season!

Heading for a new horizon
In addition, the Highlife Ladies Automatic collection opens-up new prospects for the Geneva-based Maison, whose primary mission is to create sophisticated watches with high-quality finishes at an affordable price. Contemporary curves in keeping with the times, which nevertheless do not compromise on elegance, one of the fundamentals of Frederique Constant. Indeed, the latest Highlife creations are designed to accentuate and reveal the personality of the women who make them their best friend.

Their feminine qualities designed to accentuate the character of their lucky owners, these Highlife creations also aim to rally them around the symbol of intercontinental unity represented by the globe, which is proudly displayed in the centre of the dial. To help illustrate this idea, the Maison organised a photo shoot featuring women from all over the world, from Rio to Moscow, via Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan and Dubai. Discover a watch for every look and aligned with the respective cultures of these international women, united under the aegis of the Highlife collection.

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Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic Small Seconds

The most intense moments and most vivid memories can be counted in seconds. Oftentimes, a look, a gesture, or a few words are enough to etch a precious moment on one’s memory. This precious moment is what the new “Ladies Automatic Small Seconds” embodies. “Moment” because the piece now features an off-centre small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. “Precious” because the range now includes four new completely redesigned models that vie to outdo each other in subtlety, grace and femininity.
The Ladies Automatic collection truly embodies the spirit of Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic Small Seconds. with its original creations developed by and for women. Their designs hug the curves of the sophisticated 36 mm case, allowing us to bring you an authentic and affordable Swiss Made timepiece.
This emblematic collection now embraces four new models: two of them pink gold-plated and two of them steel. Underpinning the collection is a brand new dial. Pride of place has been given to a small seconds hand, a delicate complication, off-centre at 9 o’clock. Playing on the eye-catching asymmetry, the piece mixes three shades (blue, white or brown) with a mother-of-pearl hour circle. The first three are complemented by a navy blue alligator leather strap, while the final piece comes with a brown alligator leather strap coordinating with the dial.
The dial has also been specially reworked for these new Ladies Automatic Small Seconds. In the centre of the hours displayed in large Roman numerals, Frédérique Constant has incorporated a popular pattern amongst its women’s models. The vertical chevron pattern produces a unique relief effect by capturing, reflecting and diffusing the light.
This new guilloché decoration is finished with hour and minute hands, the first of which is topped off with a motif inspired by the shape of a heart, an intricate and romantic declaration for marking the best of times. Beside them, the small seconds hand hovers over a sunray disc.
Each timepiece is complemented by a date window at 6 o’clock. For that all-important finishing touch, this has been highlighted by a border the same colour as the case (rose gold or steel). On the back, each piece features a sapphire crystal that allows you to see the beating heart of the piece, the self-winding FC-318 movement guaranteeing a power reserve of 38 hours.
Designed for modern women looking for a classic timepiece for everyday wear, the four new Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic Small Seconds watches have revived fine Swiss Made watchmaking for women with creativity and distinction.
Frederique Constant is a Swiss watchmaking manufacture located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Maison was founded in 1988 by a couple of independent entrepreneurs, Aletta and Peter Stas, to offer quality Swiss watches at competitive prices, with the aim of democratising luxury Swiss Made watches.
Frederique Constant creates, develops, assembles and controls a wide variety of mechanical, quartz and connected timepieces at the same time within its 6,200 m2 Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates (GE). To this day, Frederique Constant has designed 29 Manufacture calibres, including high complications, such as the Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar and Flyback Chronograph.
In 2015, Frederique Constant launched the Horological Smartwatch, the first Swiss Made connected timepiece featuring a traditional appearance. Powered by a connected module, the Horological Smartwatch represents a new segment in Swiss watchmaking. In 2018, the Classic Hybrid Manufacture succeeded it, combining a mechanical movement with intelligent features and an integrated calibre analysis system. It was followed by the Smartwatch Vitality line in 2020. Equipped with a new generation built-in heart rate sensor, it features a classic dial, combined with a digital display that is revealed on demand.
Frederique Constant is currently present in nearly 3’000 points of sale in 120 countries across the world. In 2016, the Frederique Constant group (Frederique Constant, Alpina Watches, Ateliers deMonaco) joined the Japanese group Citizen, so as to pursue its international development and nurture new synergies.

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Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic Double Heart Beat

Following the launch of the first Highlife models unveiled last September, Frederique Constant is adding a new collection especially for women, simply named “Highlife Ladies Automatic”. The latter features three designs – the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling, Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat and Highlife Ladies Automatic – combining over 30 years of watchmaking expertise and the desire to come up with an authentic creation for 21st century women. The timepieces in this collection also feature the Highlife’s hallmark strap, which is built into the case and can be changed at will – the secret to making watches truly timeless and ensuring they always strike the right note.
Over 20 years ago now, back in 1999, Frederique Constant introduced the very first Highlife watches. In 2020, the Maison revived the iconic design, reintroducing the collection with resolutely modern curves rooted in the 21st century. Owing to its popularity, the latter inspired the eponymous collection for women, unveiled this year for watchmaking enthusiasts, the sophisticated and fashion-forward modern women of today and tomorrow.
The Highlife Ladies Automatic collection adds a new dimension to the definition of accessible luxury according to Frederique Constant. Graceful yet assertive, the delicate 34 mm diameter watch combines the subtlety of an exquisitely feminine timepiece with the presence of one that asserts its identity and unique character. The new design translates into both taut and flexible lines, the modernity of a creation that denies nothing of its craftsmanship, balance or style. Of course, the new collection features the integrated and interchangeable strap that has become the hallmark of Highlife stamped timepieces. The design merges case and strap in the same continuity, just like the women fitting two or even three days into one, with fluidity and energy. A closely guarded secret, the first link holds the key to the invisible integrated system that makes it possible to change the strap at will and without the need for tools. For those whose elegance embraces everything they do, Frederique Constant allows wearers to change the strap as often as an outfit, occasion or mood dictates, helping them overcome the challenges of daily life and be fulfilled.
Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling
Part of eternity on your wrist
The first piece from this collection – the new Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling – is intended for modern women looking for uncompromising elegance and an accessory that can keep up with their everyday life without sacrificing charm, finesse or authenticity. Reproducing the various nuances of the Milky Way on the wrist, this true ode to femininity invites the wearer on a journey. The cosmic blue dial of the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling features various specks, representing stars. The contemporary product of an original design by the Manufacture that met with worldwide success, it has been replicated and upgraded for the first time within the new Highlife Ladies. At the centre of its dial, you can almost catch a glimpse of celestial gleam, with its delicate nuances reflected in the bezel, which is fully set with diamonds. Like stars scattering the vastness of space, eight diamond index hour markers complete this cosmic and dreamlike composition, which comes with a steel strap, as well as a second interchangeable white rubber strap. The combination of steel, diamond and wonderfully pure rubber range in colour from pale grey to the shiniest diamond, via infinite nuances depending on the reflections adorning the piece. In sunlight or moonlight, from midday to midnight, the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling moves around the sun and the moon dial with grace and modernity, beating to the rhythm of those who live for the moment.
Highlife Ladies Automatic
The Essence of Frederique Constant
The Highlife Ladies Automatic is the perfect balance of classic, sporty and modern. Depending on your individual preference, it can also be customised by swapping the original bracelet for the rubber strap supplied with the watch. The first all-steel variation with its black dial and additional khaki strap can be made to take on a modern and adventurous look, for those who want a timepiece suited to everyday life and able to keep up with them in all situations. The second, more glamorous version, is entirely rose gold plated and comes with an additional pink rubber strap. Girly and trendy, complete with diamond-set bezel, the piece fully embraces the spirit of excellence and refinement intrinsic to the Geneva-based watchmaker. Finally, the third version puts the emphasis on grey, as can be seen on its subdued yet luminous dial. The steel/grey dial model also comes with another interchangeable strap, this time in sky blue rubber. Each of these variations features the engraved globe on the surface of the dial that plays with multiple shades of light, another feature of the Highlife models. Hands and applique hour markers are tinged with luminescent material, the last of them, positioned at 12 o’clock, is always doubled – another Highlife signature detail, the only choice for those for whom the right time is first and foremost… theirs!
Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat
The next generation
The latest Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat models capture the legacy of the Manufacture and carry it toward new creative horizons. At 12 o’clock, the pieces proudly display the window on their mechanical heart, made famous by Frederique Constant. Known as the “Heart Beat”, it lets you see the beating heart of the watch, its mechanical movement. It also reveals some essential components of Swiss Made precision. Alongside this emblematic feature of the Maison, you’ll find the famous engraved globe. Symbolising the Earth, unity and balance, it is also the icon of a new generation that shares the same ideal for sustainable and sensible living – an ethic in perfect harmony with that of Frederique Constant, which champions quality, reliable watches that are both transferable and accessible to as many people as possible. Two Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat models have been specially created for modern women who want to embrace grace and elegance at all times. They come in an all-steel option, or in rose gold plated steel, complete with rose gold-plated bezel and crown. For the detail-oriented, each version comes with an additional interchangeable rubber strap – sky blue in the case of the steel version and pink for the two-tone version. The Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat can be made to look classic or stylish, cheeky or elegant to suit the time, mood or season!
Heading for a new horizon
In addition, the Highlife Ladies Automatic collection opens-up new prospects for the Geneva-based Maison, whose primary mission is to create sophisticated watches with high-quality finishes at an affordable price. Contemporary curves in keeping with the times, which nevertheless do not compromise on elegance, one of the fundamentals of Frederique Constant. Indeed, the latest Highlife creations are designed to accentuate and reveal the personality of the women who make them their best friend. Their feminine qualities designed to accentuate the character of their lucky owners, these Highlife creations also aim to rally them around the symbol of intercontinental unity represented by the globe, which is proudly displayed in the centre of the dial. To help illustrate this idea, the Maison organised a photo shoot featuring women from all over the world, from Rio to Moscow, via Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan and Dubai. Discover a watch for every look and aligned with the respective cultures of these international women, united under the aegis of the Highlife collection.
About Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant is a Swiss watchmaking manufacture located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Maison was founded in 1988 by a couple of independent entrepreneurs, Aletta and Peter Stas, to offer quality Swiss watches at an affordable price, with the aim of democratising luxury Swiss Made watches. Frederique Constant creates, develops, assembles and controls a wide variety of mechanical, quartz and connected timepieces at the same time within its 6,200 m2 Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates (GE). To this day, Frederique Constant has designed 30 Manufacture calibres, including high complications, such as the Tourbillon, the Perpetual Calendar, the Flyback Chronograph, as well as a new and unprecedented type of escapement in watchmaking – the Monolithic. Made from a single piece of silicone, replacing the 26 components of a standard assortment, it oscillates at a frequency of 40 Hz, which is 10 times that of most mechanical movements. In 2015, Frederique Constant launched the Horological Smartwatch, the first Swiss Made connected timepiece featuring a traditional appearance. In 2018, the Classic Hybrid Manufacture succeeded it, combining a mechanical Manufacture movement with connected features. It was followed by the Smartwatch Vitality line in 2020, equipped with a new generation built-in heart rate sensor. The same year, Frederique Constant reinvigorated the Highlife collection (1999) with a redesigned case and an interchangeable integrated strap. This was followed in 2021 by the Slimline Monolithic Manufacture with its very high-frequency one-piece escapement, then by the Highlife collection for women.
Frederique Constant is currently present in nearly 3,000 points of sale in 120 countries across the world. In 2016, the Frederique Constant group (Frederique Constant, Alpina Watches, Ateliers deMonaco) joined the Japanese group Citizen, so as to pursue its international development and nurture new synergies.

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Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Over 25 years since the first Heart Beat timepiece, many collectors still associate Frederique Constant with this distinctive design today, which reveals the inner workings of its movement at midday. Through this aperture, those who truly appreciate mechanical timepieces can watch the rotation of the balance wheel in their watch, its beating heart.
There are now three different versions of the Highlife Heart Beat to choose from.
Elegant and refined, sporty chic or modern and bold, each variation offers up an interpretation of the Heart Beat design, which more than a quarter of a century since it was created, has proven to transcend fashions and trends.
Located at the pole of the globe decoration on the dial,
the famous aperture is finished with three luminescent hands.
The design is understated, minimalist and
as modern and unique as ever.
You can look straight into the inner workings of the
automatic FC-310 caliber with power reserve of
38 hours and admire it from both front and back
through the sapphire crystal.
All of the Highlife’s designs features the user-friendly system which makes it possible to switch between a steel bracelet, a leather, crococalf suede or rubber strap, alternating from classic to sporty on a whim!
Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Complete with a perpetual calendar, this piece is powered by the Manufacture FC-775 caliber, a self-winding mechanical movement. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph, it has a power reserve of 38 hours. Its perlage and Côtes de Genève can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback.
Not one but three new models have been announced, including the Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, the Frederique Constant Highlife Heart Beat, and the Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC. We’ll be taking a closer in-depth look at the Highlife Heart Beat and Highlife Automatic COSC models here today.
While the Frederique Constant Highlife watches you see here feel like a whole new collection, they’re actually part of a revamp of the company’s Highlife line, which originally came out in 1999, long before yours truly was into watches. I recall distinctly that once I did start paying attention to mechanical timepieces, in about 2004 or so, one of the first marques I came across that seemed to be speaking to the early 20s me was Frederique Constant. I still feel like I’m always looking for value when I look at watches, but back then, as a recent college graduate, my drive to find deals was a bit more urgent, and it’s in this context that I first learned of Frederique Constant.

I came to see FC as a go-to brand for younger watch enthusiasts such as myself who were interested in classic designs paired with value for money. That brings me to what we have to introduce today. At launch, there are three branches of the revamped Highlife collection: Heartbeat models, known for their partially open dials (starting at $1,995); COSC-rated chronometer examples (starting at $1,895); and in-house perpetual calendars (starting at $9,095). While I think each of these branches is well-priced, it’s the perpetual calendar – which doesn’t use a new movement, mind you, though it is the best-executed Frederique Constant perpetual to date – that most excited me when I first learned about it.

The new Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture draws on the familiar FC-775, which we first saw in 2016 with the Slimline Perpetual. The movement is an automatic perpetual calendar caliber designed and manufactured at the Frederique Constant Geneva manufacture. When Stephen went hands-on with the Slimline Perpetual Calendar back in 2016, he declared it the best budget perpetual calendar available at the time, and I’m inclined to agree with his assessment. Debuting at a price of $8,795, it helped to reshape expectations regarding how a perpetual calendar could be priced, and it received a ton of attention, not just here on HODINKEE, but all around the watch-loving web. As a thoroughly classic dress watch design, the Slimline Perpetual was in line with a design ethos I had come to identify with Frederique Constant. And even if I didn’t think the watch was perfect – its 42mm diameter felt a bit big to me, especially considering the relative compactness of the displays, leading to a large amount of negative space – its value prop was very, very tough to argue with.
With the Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, Frederique Constant’s perpetual calendar lineup is branching out with a design that appears squarely aimed at sating watch collectors’ appetites for Genta-esque sport-luxury watches on integrated bracelets while delivering that good ole FC value prop.

The new Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture is available in three examples at its debut, and each comes in a 41mm tonneau-shaped case that calls to mind a class of steel sport watches that originated in the 1970s and continues to hold the attention of watch collectors to this day. One version comes in a two-tone steel-and-rose-gold-plated case with a matching bracelet, another comes in all steel with a lovely blue dial, and the third version pairs a steel case with an alligator strap. In each case, the dial features a globe pattern, and the sub-dials are decorated with a bit of snailing. All versions come with an extra rubber strap that figures to add a pretty sporty dimension to the line, and changing the straps and bracelets can easily be done without tools.
Frederique Constant’s selling point seems to be built around value and delivering ownership experiences that might not otherwise be available. I think it used to be much more common for watch collectors to start small, with an entry-level time-only or time-and-date model from a venerable old brand. If the watch bug bit and one’s earnings allowed, one might progress up the ladder of prestige, and complications were reserved as the bonus prize for collectors who could afford them. But if there is one thing that I’ve noticed in my time covering watches, it’s been the democratization of mechanical watchmaking, including high complications. Even as many top-tier brands have seen prices grow over the last few decades at a pace faster than inflation, a number of upstart brands oriented toward value have also sprung up, creating comfortable new footholds for collectors.
In providing an option that scratches both the steel-sport-watch-with-integrated-bracelet and the perpetual-calendar itches, Frederique Constant is bound to draw comparisons to mega watches that cost many times more and that will, almost certainly, continue to be much more difficult to obtain at retail than the redesigned Highlife. I don’t think I need to name these brands or these models; they’re famous and few enough, and there’s a good chance you’ve likely already thought of them by this point anyway. Besides, I don’t think the new Highlife is direct competition for them. The stainless steel sport watch with perpetual calendar and integrated bracelet has found a new lane to drive in, and a whole bunch more watch lovers are going to be able to get behind the wheel. I think that’s cool.

Comparing these watches with the earlier FC Slimline Perpetual, I have to say that I like the new Highlife version quite a bit more. The proportions of the dials feel more harmonious to me, and I think that has to do both with the reduction in case size to 41mm and with the use of the large applied markers with lume. In some of the supplied pictures, I’ve noticed that the globe pattern appears subtler than in others, and I have to say, I appreciate the design more in the ones where it’s not so easy to pick up that pattern. That has me wondering if it might not have been an extra embellishment that would have been better left out. The new Highlife is one of a growing number of watches that I’d like to get a close in-person look at.

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Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC

The Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC is an independent Swiss organisation that only issues its chronometer certificates to these pieces after the watches have undergone numerous tests over several days. COSC certified pieces form an elite, a class of their own, intended for collectors for whom «Swiss precision» is an everyday necessity. The Highlife Automatic COSC was developed especially for them.
This timepiece has been designed for everyday use and
comes in two-tone, steel/blue dial and black leather/white dial versions. A fourth original creation complements this trio: a variation with a rose gold-plated case and a black dial mounted on a brown leather strap, complete with a
rubber strap in the same shade.
With its completely redesigned case, the Highlife collection
is modern and dynamic. Protected by a sapphire crystal with
anti-reflective treatment on both sides,
the globe decoration on each model reflects the desire
of new collectors for responsible and sustainable
watchmaking. Interchangeable straps
make it exceptionally versatile, allowing each new
Highlife to be urban, stylish or sporty.
Valuable assets that open the doors of the 21st century.
All of the Highlife’s designs features the user-friendly system which makes it possible to switch between a steel bracelet, a leather, crococalf suede or rubber strap, alternating from classic to sporty on a whim!

Frederique Constant launched the first models of its Highlife collection over 20 years ago.Their unique design was characterised by the special strap built into the case. In 2020, the Brand has updated the ingenious concept and reinvigorated the historical collection by adding three new models: the Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, Highlife Heart Beat and Highlife Automatic COSC.

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Frederique Constant Highlife Ladies

Following the launch of the first Frederique Constant Highlife models unveiled last September, Frederique Constant is adding a new collection especially for women, simply named “Highlife Ladies”. The latter features three designs – the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling, Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat and Highlife Ladies Automatic – combining over 30 years of watchmaking expertise and the desire to come up with an authentic creation for 21st century women. The timepieces in this collection also feature the Highlife’s hallmark strap, which is built into the case and can be changed at will – the secret to making watches truly timeless and ensuring they always strike the right note.
Frederique Constant introduced the very first Highlife watches. In 2020, the Maison revived the iconic design, reintroducing the collection with resolutely modern curves rooted in the 21st century. Owing to its popularity, the latter inspired the eponymous collection for women, unveiled this year for watchmaking enthusiasts, the sophisticated and fashion-forward modern women of today and tomorrow.
HIGHLIFE LADIES
AUTOMATIC SPARKLING

The first piece from this collection – the new Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling – is intended for modern women looking for uncompromising elegance and an accessory that can keep up with their everyday life without sacrificing charm, finesse or authenticity.
HIGHLIFE LADIES
AUTOMATIC

The Highlife Ladies Automatic is the perfect balance of classic,
sporty and modern. Depending on your individual preference,
it can also be customised by swapping the original bracelet
for the rubber strap supplied with the watch.
HIGHLIFE LADIES
AUTOMATIC HEART BEAT

The latest Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat models capture the legacy of the Manufacture and carry it toward new creative horizons. At 12 o’clock, the pieces proudly display the window on their mechanical heart, made famous by Frederique Constant. Known as the “Heart Beat”, it lets you see the beating heart of the watch, its mechanical movement. It also reveals some essential components of Swiss Made precision.
HEADING FOR A NEW HORIZON
In addition, the Frederique Constant Highlife Ladies collection opens-up new prospects for the Geneva-based Maison, whose primary mission is to create sophisticated watches with high-quality finishes at an affordable price. Contemporary curves in keeping with the times, which nevertheless do not compromise on elegance, one of the fundamentals of Frederique Constant. Indeed, the latest Highlife creations are designed to accentuate and reveal the personality of the women who make them their best friend.

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Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture

Frederique Constant has been known for creating elegant feminine watches, designed by women for women, and with the introduction of the new Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture, the Geneva-based brand does not disappoint. Inspired by women for women Designed by Mrs Aletta Stas, co-founder of Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture, the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Stars is an elegant fusion of femininity and artisanship resulting in a graceful Lady’s timepiece wrapped around your wrist! The combination of curves, mysteriousness, brilliant white diamonds illuminate a woman’s wrist defining true grace and style.

Feminine Savoir-Faire As per true Frederique Constant custom, the brand introduces a novelty that combines elegance and watchmaking technique to perfection, offering a timepiece with a moonphase complication, showcasing intricate finishing and a diamond-set bezel. Available in either a rose gold-plated steel or plain steel 38.8mm case with 60 diamonds (0.5 cts) set around the bezel, with a see-through back case revealing the new FC-701 automatic in-house movement decorated with Perlage and Côtes de Genève details.
The new in-house FC-701 movement, like all previous FC-7XX caliber series, has all its functions regulated via the crown only, an easy adjust setting which will delight their owners. The sunray night blue or the shiny dark black dial contrast with the sparkling silver or rose gold-colored printed stars. Did you ever wish to hold millions of stars on the palm of your hand? Well then holding the new Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture and gazing into its dial, you will get lost in the luminous glitter of a thousand stars.
Even here in Australia – relatively under-populated and enormous as it is – you need to venture out to the country to get a proper look at the stars. There’s really no ignoring the stubborn corporate buildings and incessant traffic that means our cities and towns are constantly bathed in urban glow.

So how do we get our fix of the pure unadulterated night sky? Easy: regular camping trips out in the bush. And for those times of year when that’s not possible? Well, how about a spot of star gazing via the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture, which has just been unveiled at Baselworld.
We got a sneak peek ahead of the fair, and it really is lovely. The key feature is clearly the moon phase, which rotates elegantly just beneath the 12 o’clock position, appearing to scatter stars across the midnight dial as it does so.

At 38.8mm, it’s fairly large for a women’s timepiece, and with sixty diamonds sparkling around the bezel, it runs the risk – on paper at least – of being overwhelming. In actual fact, it’s nothing of the sort, and on the wrist, it looks daintier than its size would suggest. There’s even – and even just typing this feels absurd – something minimalist about it. Perhaps it’s thanks to the absence of any numerals, the hours marked instead by a mix of indices and (yes, more) diamonds.
Keeping the watch in place is the super-glossy navy alligator strap, which works beautifully with the theme, as does the intricate gold buckle representing the Frederique Constant logo.

Meanwhile, inside purrs the new automatic manufacture flyback calibre FC-701, which you can get a good look at through the transparent caseback. Given that an in-house movement with a moon phase complication very rarely comes at price point like this, we’re calling this a genuine star-spangled banger.
Eight diamonds encircle the dial, together with four indices, with finely honed hands moving through a shower of stars with silver or rose gold tones, and which make it easy to read the hours and minutes. The finest complication that needs to be highlighted for this timepiece is at 12 o’clock: the moonphase. The Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture contains the new in-house automatic movement FC-701, which is adorned with a pearl finish and a Côtes de Genève (“Geneva stripes”) pattern. Running at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations an hour, it has a power reserve of 42 hours. Thanks to the transparent case back, the movement can be seen at work.

The Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture comes in steel or gold-plated steel versions and has a 38.8-mm case – neither too big, not too small for a feminine wrist. Decorated with 60 diamonds on the bezel, with a total of 0.5 carats, the watch is available with a deep black dial and stars printed in rose gold or – for lovers of the night – a midnight blue dial with stars printed in silver. Frédérique Constant has brought a galactic journey within easy reach.