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For the first time in its history, the Swiss manufacture Frederique Constant launches a limited edition of 100 pieces specially dedicated to Spain. And it does so in collaboration with one of the most recognized pop artists: Felipao.
This limited edition will be available at the brand’s official dealerships in Spain from May 2023.
LIMITED AND NUMBERED EDITION
The renewed Highlife collection has been chosen to be intervened by the Spanish sculptor Felipao. It is a limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces, presented in a polished and satin-finished steel case of 41 mm in diameter with a striking blue polyhedral ceramic dial, designed by Felipao. The dial combines three symbols representative of three relevant moments in history: the present, represented by the peace emoticon, the 6 inherited from the Arabic numeration and the X from the Roman.
The artist and the Manufacture forged closer ties following a meeting with Niels Eggerding, CEO of Frederique Constant, during the launch in Madrid of the Gentleman Highlife Club, a unique space that brings together professionals from different trades who share with the Manufacture the same values of excellence and perpetuation of an exclusive traditional savoir-faire.
This unique and charismatic collaboration has focused on the Highlife Automatic COSC model, the brand’s best-seller that features a modern design in line with a young audience interested in the metaverse and NFTs. Felipao has left his artistic mark on the polyhedral design of the dial and all watches will be accompanied by a numbered NFT created by the Barcelona agency Vottun (which allows the owner a number of advantages when acquiring special pieces or participating in events organized by and at the Manufacture) and a small sculpture of his characteristic polyhedral “Menina”.
“It is an honor for Frederique Constant to have collaborated with the Spanish artist Felipao, for whose work we have great admiration. We feel fortunate to have shared with him the creation of the first special edition for Spain and the first watch inspired by the world of art. We both share common values based on making accessible, and providing happiness, to as many people as possible through art and watchmaking” Niels Eggerding, CEO of Frederique Constant
Launched more than 20 years ago, the Highlife collection has been updated and improved with a new case design, interchangeable straps and bracelets and a delicate globe decoration on the dial that can be admired down to the smallest detail thanks to the sapphire crystal, which has an anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
The Highlife Automatic COSC model carries the chronometer certification granted by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), which guarantees the precision of the watch movement.
Felipao is the artist’s name of Felipe Garcia-Bañon Sanz-Briz. Born in Madrid and son of a diplomat, he has lived halfway around the world. This cosmopolitan life and the exposure to different cultures have allowed him to have a multifaceted vision of the world.
Throughout these years he has exhibited collectively and individually in Germany, the United States, Hong Kong, Mexico and the United Kingdom. In 2022 in Guadamur (Toledo) he has installed his first sculpture on the public road. His works are in important private collections.
His Menina has been chosen as an institutional gift from the Community of Madrid to be given to illustrious visitors and as an award at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute awards in New York. Similarly, one of his sculptures has been selected by the Spanish Football League as a gift to the 1,100 first and second division players in the 2022-2023 season.
MENINA in GENEVA
Before creating his design, Felipao visited the facilities of the Geneva manufacture of Frederique Constant in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva’s watchmaking nerve center, which occupies an area of 6,200 square meters. The artist visited all the production and design workshops, as well as the so-called ‘Manufacture Experience’, a space open to visitors that allows them to explore interactively the history and the universe of each of its signatures of the group to which Frederique Constant belongs.
Frederique Constant has acquired a large Menina, in English green – the color of the brand – which will be permanently displayed at the entrance of the manufacture, as well as during the celebration of the Watches & Wonders show.
Highlife Automatic COSC x Felipao
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