Frederique Constant is a brand that I sort of have an off-again, on-again relationship. Â Sometimes a watch will just grab my attention (and won’t let it go), and then other releases are barely a whisper in the maelstrom. Â This latest release, theÂ Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Automatic, was a surprise attention-getter for me.
There is one thing that Frederique Constant consistently gets right, and that is the dress watch. Â With theÂ Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Automatic, that strength is here, and it’s here in full force. Â I mean, just look at that watch up above – slender hands, Roman numerals, slim bezel, and a rounded onion crown over on the side. Â Add in that moon phase and a date indicator that looks almost like hand-painted numerals, and hoo-boy, you have my attention.
I won’t cast aspersions if you go for the rose gold version (it’s nice), but for me the plain ol’ steel one is where it’s at. Â All of this is solely based on the looks of the watch in it’s 42mm case (curiously, for a watch carrying the slimline label, no mention of the thickness is made). Â That might be giving short shrift to the new movement inside the case, the FC-705, which is a new in-house caliber for the brand. Â Now, whether or not that’s a thing you go for or not, it’s worth noting that the brand is making strides in that direction.
Now, in past write-ups on Frederique Constant watches, I’ve praised them for being very much in the realm of affordable, entry-level watches. Â With theÂ Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Automatic, this is taking things more upmarket. Â This is probably, in large part, due to that in-house movement, and also a way of expanding the range of their catalog. Â Either way, the steel version of theÂ Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Automatic comes in atÂ $2,995, while the rose gold (plated) one commandsÂ $3,395. Â Certainly, at those price points, you have a lot of choice. Â I think if you opted for this FC, you would have quite a lovely companion on the wrist for your black tie affairs. Â frederiqueconstant.com
- Brand & Model: Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Automatic
- Price:Â $2,995 (steel), $3,395 (rose gold plated)
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- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen?
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Tech Specs from Frederique Constant
- Polished stainless steel 3-parts case
- Diameter of 42 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal
- See-through case back
- Water-resistant to 3 ATM
- FC-705 Manufacture caliber, automatic with date and moonphase adjustable via the crown
- Perlage & Circular CÃ´tes de GenÃ¨ve decoration on the movement
- 26 jewels, 42 hour power reserve, 28â€™800 alt/h
- Functions: Â Hours, minutes, moonphase, date by hand
- Silver-colored dial with sunray decoration and printed black Roman indexes
- Hand-polished black color hands
- Moonphase and date counter at 6 oâ€™clock
- Strap: Â Black alligator strap