Frederique Constant X The Avener: A double limited edition
Since the announcement of their partnership in June 2022, Frederique Constant and French musician and producer The Avener have been working on future hits together, and two have been released today: a pair of limited-edition pieces housed in a 39-millimetre steel case designed by the artist, with 432 of each available. That number is no accident: 432Hz is widely held to be the perfect frequency, delivering all the calm of absolute harmony. The first piece features a black dial with a pattern depicting the frequencies monitored on a recording studio console in a dark blue reminiscent of the late-night sets played by The Avener. The second is all in black, with the same sound waves depicted by a subtle interplay of reliefs and finishings in a circular layout. Each watch bears an inscription dear to the artist: ‘a tempo’, meaning ‘return to the original speed’.
Frederique Constant X The Avener
Each dial is decorated with a motif echoing the sound waves of those hits as depicted on studio monitors. On the first piece, they run across the Highlife dial in blue on a black background. The shade of blue in question has particular significance for The Avener: it was used on the cover of his first album, a global success boosted by the single Fade Out Lines. It’s as if the timepiece has captured a fragment of his music, depicting a few bars of the score. The dial combines all the rhythm of the producer/musician – and all the precision of Swiss engineering.
The GIFT BOX
The gift box is an original piece especially designed for these limited editions. It takes the form of a replica flight case resembling those used by musicians when touring. With an abundance of reinforcements, the flight case is an embodiment of concerts and the backstage atmosphere, and hints at valuable gear stored within. It’s the perfect setting for the artist’s Highlife, in the centre of a black interior between the additional strap and the limited edition plate.
Two exclusive limited editions
Now, 432 watches of both models have been released to celebrate this friendship between watchmaking and music. Their beating heart is the automatic FC-303 calibre. Visible through the caseback thanks to a glare proof sapphire crystal, the movement boasts a 38-hour power reserve. On the dial side, the rhythm of passing time is marked out by three hands and a date window, above which sits the a tempo inscription. In musical notation, this expression dear to The Avener indicates a return (after a faster or slower section) to the normal tempo, usually referred to by DJs playing their hits in terms of BPM (Beats Per Minute).
The Avener’s nighttime sets
The second timepiece is evocative of The Avener’s nighttime sets, with a black strap, black DLC* case, black dial, luminous black coating, and a date window with a black background. Only the hands and hour markers stand out to mark the time. The sound wave pattern here is concentric, radiating out from the centre in a nod to the sunburst finish much beloved of the Geneva-based brand, here symbolically repurposed by The Avener in the form of an electro finish from which only the frequency display emerges in glossy relief.
Each timepiece comes with two tool-free interchangeable straps, the first with a choice of steel or black rubber, the second with the option of rubber or nubuck, both in black.
* DLC stands for Diamond-like Carbon: a chemical process is used to deposit material based on a carbon composite similar to diamond on the surface of the watch, resulting in a full matt black aspect that also protects the watch from scratches and impacts during everyday wear. As a coating, DLC is thus technical, functional – and stylish, too.
Tristan Casara, The Avener
Born on January 23rd, 1987, in Nice (France), Tristan Casara, to use his real name, nurtured a passion for musical composition. After several pieces created for clubs as a ghost producer, he gave up night clubs and dedicated himself to working in studios. Released in 2011, the track by Phoebe Killdeer & the Short Straws The Fade Out Line attracted the artist’s attention, who then injected his influences into it.
The Avener then worked with renowned artists such as Mylène Farmer on the album Interstellaires for which he produced the song Stolen Car, and also with Adam Cohen on We Go Home, as well as Laura Gibson on We Belong. In 2017, he remixed Lana del Rey & The Weekend’s track Lust For Life. In 2018, he released a rework of Masters of War by the illustrious Bob Dylan. In 2020, The Avener unveiled his second album called Heaven, which includes very few reprises but nearly all only his own original compositions. An electronic work with lofty sounds which include electropop pieces which accord perfectly with Tristan Casara’s personality.
After two years of silence, on May 6th, 2022, The Avener made its comeback and released a new track called Quando Quando, (The Avener & Waldeck – Quando Quando feat. Patrizia Ferrara). A song provided with summer vibes, making you want to dance to the rhythm of its Italian references and its colourful clip.
THE PATH TO SUCCESS
Renamed Fade Out Lines, Tristan Casara presented this new song in 2013 as well as his new artist’s name: The Avener. Proving to be a real hit, Fade Out Lines rose to the top of the charts in France as well as in Europe, in Switzerland, and then internationally. Two years later, The Avener released his first album, The Wanderings of the Avener, confirming the artist’s exceptional talent. The latter won several gold and platinum records in France and abroad as well as a “Victoire de la musique électro” award in 2016.