As you are no doubt aware, we are in the midst of â€œshow seasonâ€ for the watch industry. Â Things got kicked off with SIHH (which just wrapped a little bit ago), and now all eyes are looking forwards to BaselWorld. Â One of the first pre-BaselWorld announcements to cross my desk was this one, on theÂ Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture.
Now, repeat after me class: Â Patrick really, really likes his GMT movements. Â So, it should be more than a little surprising that these sort of world timer displays (with the world cities listed around the outer edge) really are not my thing. Â For me, itâ€™s just way more information than Iâ€™d possibly need (especially since, as John and Victor like to point out, I really donâ€™t travel these days). Â Now, I get that itâ€™s clever to see how the sun (or daytime/nighttime) is tracking around the globe, but itâ€™s just not my thing.
Now, that all said, I have to admit that the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture does this particular design well. Â This is the very epitome of the dressier travellerâ€™s watch, leaping times zones as easily as it moves from the conference room to dining room. Â What I particularly like about this implementation is the case (sort of).
What do I mean by that? Â I mean, yes, the 42mm curves of theÂ Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture are well-sorted, but thatâ€™s not all. You see, the only protrusion from the case is that of the crown. Â Itâ€™s not uncommon for these sorts of world times to rely on at least one additional pusher to advance things, but not so here. Â Everything is done via crown positions against the FC-718 movement, and that is something to be applauded.
So, thereâ€™s that, wrapping up a technical accomplishment along with looks. Â And, yeah, even though itâ€™s not the type of implementation I go for, thereâ€™s no arguing that theÂ Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is a looker. Â Obviously, the predominant color here is green, and itâ€™s a tone we do see, but not with great regularity. Â So, in that regards, it stands out all the more.
And, yes, when youâ€™re putting $4,195Â down on the barrel (itâ€™s available now), youâ€™re going to want a watch that can stand on itâ€™s own, even in an understated way as we have here with theÂ Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture. Â This contravenes (more than a bit) the category that I often put FC into, which is that of being an affordable entry point into Swiss luxury. Â Here, with this watch, they are showing how their catalog can stretch into the higher reaches as well. Â So, if youâ€™re a fan of the overall design language, theyâ€™ve got you covered as your budget allows. Â frederiqueconstant.com
- Brand & Model:Â Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture
- Price:Â $4,195
- Who we think it might be for:Â Youâ€™re jetting around the world, and want something a bit classier than the (generally) sportier GMTs give you
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? Nope – this style of world timer just isnâ€™t for me
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â I get the green, and the commitment to it. Â But, why not a bracelet option?
- What spoke to me the most about this watch:Â Everything is controlled by a single crown.
- Reference:Â FC-718GRWM4H6
- Â Case
- Polished stainless steel 3-parts case, diameter of 42 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal
- See-through case back
- Water-resistant to 5 ATM
- FC-718 Manufacture caliber, automatic with date and Worldtimer function adjustable via the crown.
- Perlage & Circular CÃ´tes de GenÃ¨ve decoration on the movement
- 26 jewels, 42 hours power reserve, 28â€™800 alt/h
- Green color dial with worldmap in the center and luminous indexes
- Hand-polished silver-colored hands with white luminous treatment
- Date counter at 6 oâ€™clock
- 24h disc with day-night indication
- City disc with 24 cities
- Bracelet: Â Green alligator strap with white stitches
- Functions: Â Hours, minutes, seconds, date by hand, Worldtimer function