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Frederique Constant launches Runabout watches, in downtown Manhattan, at the North Cove Marina

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Last month, Frederique Constant celebrated its continued partnership with the Riva Historical Society (which started in 2009), with the unveiling of two new limited edition Runabout watches, at the North Cove Marina, at Brookfield Place in Manhattan. The Riva Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was founded by architect Piero Maria Gibellini along with the engineer Carlo Riva and a group of friends with the goal of preserving Riva boats (which date back to as early at the 1920s). As part of this annual partnership, Frederique Constant annually promotes and commemorates the runabout boats with a nautical-inspired limited edition watch. The Runabout collection of watches, according to the manufacture, “fuse the best of classic Italian style with the latest technical innovation.” Both versions of the Runabout watches come in a 43 mm diameter case made of either stainless steel

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Citizen to acquire the Frederique Constant Group

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Today, in Tokyo, Japan, Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Frederique Constant Holding SA. The Frederique Constant Group consists of Frederique Constant, Alpina, and DeMonaco – which maybe most importantly has over a dozen manufacture calibers available to use at these three brands, and now, presumably to use within the Citizen group of brands, which includes Swiss brands La Joux-Perret (manufacture), Arnold & Son, and Angelus. Although we had not heard anything about this in advance, it is not that much of a surprise, as it has become common practice for acquisitions to occur during the industry down times (and right now the industry as a whole is down in terms of sales). And so, we expect more acquisitions to follow. Moreover, the Frederique Constant group, with a large Swiss-based production infrastructure

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Frederique Constant Slimline Manufacture Perpetual Calendar

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Earlier this year, at Baselworld 2016, Frederique Constant unveiled a new in-house manufactured perpetual calendar timepiece, created by Manuel Da Silva Matos (R&D director) and Pim Koeslag (Technical director). Coming from a brand known for accessibility, it should be no surprise that this is one of the most affordable mechanical perpetual calendar timepieces on the market. The Slimline Manufacture Perpetual Calendar is powered by the new 4Hz (28,800 kph) automatic movement (caliber FC-775), which drives hours, minutes, moonphase, and perpetual calendar functions. The movement measures just 6.7 mm thick, and the components are rhodium plated, with chamfered edges. The main bridge features circular Geneva stripes, and the mainplate has a perlage decoration. Furthermore, the rotor is gold plated, with a straight grained finish, and a relief engraving. In total, the movement consists of 191 components, 78 of which are for

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Frederique Constant Introduces Manufacture Pocket Watch

Frederique Constant debuts a pocket watch powered by a new in-house movement (caliber FC-700) available in a 45 mm diameter stainless steel or rose gold-plated steel case. An 18 jewel hand wound caliber powers the watch and has an autonomy of 42-hours. The movement is visible through the caseback, where you can see the blued screws and circular graining on the bridges and mainplate. In addition to the sapphire glass, the rear is also protected by a hinged officer-style dust cover (which can be personalized with an engraving). The dial of the watch is in the traditional Frederique style with hand-applied roman numerals and black indexes. Further, the silvered surface of the dial is finished with distinguished guilloche patterns. Each Frederique Constant Manufacture pocket watch is delivered in an elegant wooden gift box.

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Frederique Constant Gold Smartwatch for Only Watch 2015

For Only Watch 2015, Frederique Constant has produced a special one-off 18K gold version of their horological smartwatch, which we originally showed you HERE. According to Frederique Constant, “The ‘Only Watch 2015’ model, created in unique piece, is a Horological Smartwatch with an elegant 18 carat rose gold case, combined to a unique dark green dial and with a delicate hand-engraved reminder of the reason of the watch on its caseback. The watch is delivered into a unique luxury gift box, together with an Apple iPhone 6 for you to enjoy right away the connected functions.”

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New Frederique Constant Worldtimer Manufacture Hands-On

This is a hands-on look of the Frederique Constant Worldtimer Manufacture with the new anthracite grey world map and blue dial that we previewed in January. Same 42 mm by 12.1 mm highly polished 3-piece case, and same in-house movement as the Worldtimer Manufacture timepiece we reviewed in December 2013 – now with a new dial and hands. Comes with a blue alligator leather strap. (Ref. FC-718NWM4H6)

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Introducing the Horological Smartwatch Platform

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On February 26, 2015 at the Lodge at the Regency Center in San Fransisco – in front of a large audience of journalists and retailers from North America – the CEOs of Frederique Constant, Alpina and Mondaine announced the MotionX-365® Horological Smartwatch Open Platform. This is the first platform developed that allows smart watch features to be incorporated into traditional watch cases. The technology is quartz based and uses an add-on smart module that tracks things such as activity and sleep. Elizabeth Pitcairn playing her Stradivarius violin at the Lodge Regency Center, San Fransico Following the announcement of the platform, each brand individually previewed their new smartwatch collections – which maintain the aesthetics of their respective brands – but feature the same technology inside. To develop and execute production of the new platform, MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies Sàrl) was formed

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Frederique Constant previews new Worldtimer Manufacture

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At the other watch show, Baselworld, which takes place from March 19th to March 26th, Frederique Constant will debut a new version of their popular Worldtimer Manufacture. The new Manufacture Worldtimer is animated by the same great (caliber FC-718) automatic movement that was developed completely in-house at the Frederique Constant manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates in Geneva, and that we have which we’ve previously reviewed. The same round 42 mm by 12.1 mm highly polished 3-piece steel case with convex sapphire and see-through caseback. And the same easy to use functionality. The Worldtimer function can be used by selecting the desired city and placing it at the 12 o’clock position on the dial. Once the internal discs are synchronized, you will can read the time in any of the 24 time zones. Furthermore, these discs also indicate if it’s the day, with

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Hands-on with Platinum Frederique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat

Frederique Constant manufactured their first in-house mechanical movement in 2004. A feat that was not easily achieved. Ask anyone in the watch business how hard it is for an independent brand, or any brand for that matter, to produce their own movement in-house and they will tell you: it is very difficult. After beginning development in 2001, Frederique Constant succeeded in 2004, and now a decade later – they produce 15 calibers in-house. To celebrate 10 years of manufacture-status, the Geneva based brand has produced a collection of special edition Heart Beat models. Today, we are bringing you a hands-on look at the most exclusive piece from the collection: the Heart Beat Manufacture Silicium Jubilee edition “10 Years HBM.“ This 18 piece limited edition is presented in a mirror polished 42 mm diameter platinum case and is equipped with a

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Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic

Frederique Constant, which has been the title sponsor for the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance since 2010, unveiled two limited edition pieces at the 42nd annual wooden boat show on August 8th in Lake Tahoe, CA. The event featured nearly 100 vintage and classic boat entries including runabouts, racers, utility boats and custom build wooden yachts. Chris Crafts, Gar Woods and Rivas are three names seen most, with the latter being the most legendary.

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