Last year, Frederique Constant launched the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture that upped the ante for the accessible luxury segment, aesthetically and mechanically. The deep navy blue had my jaw on the floor, and when I turned it over to see the beautifully decorated FC-705 manufacture movement and custom gold rotor, I was speechless. A luxurious in-house caliber with a gorgeous design for less than $4,000 seemed too good to be true. Now in 2014, Frederique Constant is improving upon a watch that is on its way to becoming a legend in the price range.
The brand will launch two new references, which amounts to the same Slimline Moonphase watches we know and love but with a bracelet option for each. With an alligator strap, the Slimline Moonphase is a sophisticated and formal piece, but Frederique Constant introduced a stainless steel bracelet alternative that really does alter the look considerably. A watch once perfect for the boardroom is now sportier and goes great on the wrist with a polo or jeans with a blazer. The steel bracelet is made of 7 highly polished links and features a butterfly deployment clasp.
The original Slimline Moonphase on alligator retails for about $3,500, so I would anticipate this new release to go for about the $4,000 range. Whatever the final number, I would absolutely expect a price that would give a lot of big name brands a run for their money.
- Model: Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture #FC-705N4S6B (blue) / #FC-705S4S6B (silver)
- Case: 42mm stainless steel
- Dial: Navy/silver w/hand-applied nickel indices, hand-polished nickel hands, moonphase aperture and date complications
- Crystal: Sapphire, domed
- Case back: Exhibition
- Strap: Stainless steel w/butterfly deployment clasp
- Movement: FC-705, 26-jewels and 42-hour power reserve
- Water Resistance: 30m
- Retail Price: TBD