At the beginning of the year, Frederique Constant enriched its 13 years old Art Déco Collection with new pieces. The Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco Round is available in five versions. Today, we review the blue dial, full metal bracelet Reference FC-200MPN2AR6B.
Frederique Constant has an entire range of ladies collection covering a large selection of tastes and wishes. From al their ladies’ pieces, the Classics Art Déco distinguished itself with an undeniable elegance. I have published earlier this year the press release of the Classics Art Déco Round. Since then, I was eager to see with my eyes the FC-200MPN2AR6B, my favourite of the new collection. I will always have a weakness for a blue dial with bracelet.
Frederique Constant Germany sent me this delight last week for a review. And I was not disappointed. As always, Diana was supportive and modelled with her hand. Because the best way to get to know a watch is in the wild, we had a short travelling to Constance Lake that borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco Reference FC-200MPN2AR6B comes in a 30mm stainless steel case. The case was decorated with coin edge fluting on the band and a highly polished round bezel. The watch is accompanied by an onion-shaped crown with blue cabochon. In the right angles, the crown will nicely assort the blue dial. The magic of the Reference FC-200MPN2AR6B stays in its beautiful bracelet. Instead of a double set of lugs, the brand opted, like in the case of Art Déco Oval, to single point fixation. The bracelet presents five rows of mirror-polished beads. As you can notice, each element will use the light in a game of catch-and-play. The bracelet is matched with a butterfly clasp. The result is a comfortable wear and adazzling appearance.
The Classics Art Déco Round comes with a guilloché flowered sunray pattern centre with a mother-of-pearl outer dial. The dial offers nice reflections in the sunlight and not only.
In the hands-on video above, you can observe how the artificial light is reflected. The wrist-roll video below will reveal the dial reflections in full sunlight.
The dial centre bears the name of the brand on the upper side. The edge of the guilloché pattern has transfer printed minute indexes. On the mother-of-pearl side, the dial bears printed large Roman numerals. Note the 4 o’clock noted with the IIII instead of IV. A horological traditional choice of marking. In the case of Reference FC-200MPN2AR6B, the hands are varnished in white. The watch offers surprisingly good legibility even in darker “moments”.
Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco Round is powered by FC-200 calibre. The movement uses 4 jewels and can display hours and minutes with an autonomy of 72 months. This impressive battery life is useful regardless of the situation. If you have a large collection and the wrist time of the piece is divided between several pieces, being always ready to wear is a big plus. If not a must. As a single piece, being able to rely on it for such a long time is an advantage. Especially if the lady wearer is not so much into changing batteries and so on…
Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco Reference FC-200MPN2AR6B is a lovely ladies piece. Discrete but with enough spark and charm to make a good impression. The six years of battery life is a big plus for those ladies wanting to have a delicate piece always on time and ready to wear. The bracelet has its own charisma – five rows of polished beads that bring a nice appeal to the elegant piece. The butterfly clasp brings joy for a person changing often outfits and accessories.
It’s an elegant watch without being too pretentious. The Classics Art Déco is easy to wear, a go-to when you don’t know how to accessorize an outfit. The timepiece would be much more interesting as a hand-wound mechanical piece.
Frederique Constant presents five new round models in its Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco collection. A return to the basics, both contemporary and classic, for a collection created 13 years ago and whose success is attested on the wrist of the modern woman.
This new, 100% feminine model builds on over 10 years of watchmaking and stylistic achievements. Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco created the “Classics Art Déco” range in 2007. Going against the fashion grain, it already showed the family house’s spirit of total independence: although the trend was towards “oversize” and mixed watches, Frederique Constant sought a timeless classicism, with a delicate and elegant collection. It was followed in 2013 by a daring oval variation, an assertive and distinguished silhouette still in the collection.
Today, the round form is offered for the first time in the “Frederique Constant Classics Art Déco” collection. Long awaited by collectors and fans of fine watchmaking, it is the result of a thinking process of over ten years about the design, femininity and subtleness. Very often seen as the starting point of watch collections, the perfect circle is, for Frederique Constant, a carefully considered style culmination.
The new Classics Art Déco Round line has appropriated the classic look of its elders while asserting itself as a timepiece of the age. Resolutely modern, the watch is above all feminine, with a very delicate casing, of harmonious proportions and considerable finesse, showing off to perfection the elegance of the wrists that it will adorn. For this purpose, the casing has also been slightly curved to perfectly fit the contour of the wrist.
Careful consideration has been given to the finishes of this new range with minute attention to detail. The casing, for example, of a delicate diameter of only 30 mm, has been grooved on its middle, in accordance with the strict standards of luxury watchmaking.
On the dial, the hours and minutes are shown by needles, hand refined and polished in the so-called “cored apple” style imposed by Breguet over 200 years ago. They glide over a dial guilloché from its centre outwards which diffuses the light towards the hours expressed in Roman numerals. Three of the five available models combine this guilloché sun with a mother-of-pearl outer dial whose soft reflections will animate a watch case in a steel or rose gold finish.
Each dial comes with its own strap available in either steel, steel / plated rose gold or blue satin, with a soft and silky feel. These two models complete their hint of glamour with a discreet mounting of 9 diamonds set into each horn, in addition to the cabochon in the crown of each model. Designed for the everyday dress of modern, distinguished women, these models available from only 850 Euros have a Frederique Constant quartz movement, offering 6 years of operation.