Frederique Constant has quite the reputation for offering considerable amount of complications in their watches at highly accessible prices and the brands’ Classic Worldtimer Manufacture collection is just the right representation of this USP. Late last year, the Geneva based watchmaker unveiled a Dark Grey variation of this elegant and sophisticated traveling watch. Offered in stainless steel and rose-gold-plated stainless steel (for a more royal vibe), both are limited to 718 pieces each.
After the first Frederique Constant Worldtimer launch in 2012, the watch stood proudly as one of the brand’s best-selling Manufacture watches. Since then, the Worldtimer has come in a range of 11 models featuring a wide colour palette. This elegant new rendition features a dark grey design of the world map finely etched onto the dial along with twenty-four cities printed on its outer rim. The date by hand at 6 o’clock makes the perfect addition to the Worldtimer function and further enhances the aesthetic of the watch. The indexes on each hour add to the dial’s readability, offering additional comfort when glancing at the time.
The FC-718 movement powering the Worldtimer was designed by Frederique Constant to be clean, and simple from the get-go. Not only is it in-house designed, developed and produced, but its Worldtimer functions as well as the date are all adjustable via the crown, with no additional push-buttons.
To easily set the watch, one must choose between three settings; the first lets the user wind the watch by turning the crown upwards; the second allows to set the date and city by turning the crown upwards and downwards respectively; and the third position enables the user to set the time by turning the crown downwards.
The timepiece displays two separate discs, one featuring a 24h day-night indicator and a second one with the twenty-four cities. As a Manufacture movement, the FC-718 caliber is decorated with Perlage and circular Côtes de Genève and holds a 42-hour power reserve. Seeing the movement first-hand, through the sapphire crystal case back, draws upon the elaborateness of its making. The dark grey timepiece is complete with a dark grey alligator leather strap with white stitches.
Given that the new Frederique Constant Dark grey Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is relatively easy on the pocket (CHF 3,495 Stainless Steel & CHF 3,800 Rose-Gold Plated Stainless Steel) compared to other travel/GMT watches, and has features at par, makes it a very compelling proposition for globetrotters.