Two new steel versions of Frederique Constant’s anniversary tourbillon
Following the success of an initial limited anniversary edition in rose gold unveiled at Geneva’s Watches and Wonders show, Frederique Constant is now offering collectors two all-new variations of its Manufacture Tourbillon in a 39-millimetre steel case with a blue or silver-coloured dial. The contemporary look is a perfect complement to the classic design – and sits perfectly alongside the original rose gold version. Each of the two timepieces will be available in a limited edition of 350, with the visible tourbillon at 6 o’clock revealing all the Geneva-based firm’s watchmaking knowhow.
limited edition of just 350 watches
After a first rose gold version (of which just 150 were made) presented at the Geneva Watches and Wonders show which ran from 27 March to 2 April, Frederique Constant is therefore continuing its 35th anniversary celebrations with two new editions of its Classic Tourbillon Manufacture in steel, with 350 of each version being made.
These two new variations are a further embodiment of Frederique Constant’s original recipe for success: providing Swiss Made luxury watches at affordable prices. The steel version of the Classic Tourbillon Manufacture is one of the most attractive offerings on the market right now when it comes to presenting a watchmaking complication in a classic design.
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“The art of watchmaking is our passion, innovation is our mission, the tourbillon is one of the most beautiful interpretations” – Romain Valette, Frederique Constant Watchmaker
an age-old complication for today
First devised in the late eighteenth century and patented in 1801, the tourbillon is designed to offset the effects of gravity on the watch movement by keeping the escapement in constant motion to preserve an ideal running rate. This meticulous procedure keeps timepieces more accurate; the accuracy of the Classic Tourbillon Manufacture is guaranteed for thirty-eight hours.
exhaustive view of the sophisticated escapement
For the finishing touch in terms of precision, a central seconds hand complete with a stop seconds function glides over the tourbillon. The complication itself is visible through a generously-proportioned window at 6 o’clock that offers an unparalleled and exhaustive view of the sophisticated escapement – with an additional perspective on its inner workings available from the reverse of the watch through a sapphire crystal.
Sobriety and refinement
Frederique Constant has not simply copied a 220-year-old complication, though. Fifteen years ago, the Manufacture added a silicon escapement wheel and anchor. As a result, owners benefit from a movement that is more resistant to the adverse effects of magnetism and temperature variations – and thus even more precise, true to the tourbillon’s original vocation.