For over 15 years, or since 2004 to be exact, Frederique Constant has been fully-integrated manufacture, designing, producing and assembling its own timepieces in Geneva. This technical and aesthetic self-sufficiency has opened up countless opportunities linked to Frederique Constant’s mission since 1988 to make luxury Swiss Made timepieces more accessible. The Slimline collection is the result of this vision. Housed in an extra-slim 38.8 mm diameter case, the latest additions feature a subtly curved dial adorned with applied markers.
Today, Frederique Constant is adding three feminine designs to the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture collection. A great success from the Slimline collection launched in 2012, this particular variation with two central hands, a date counter at 9 o’clock and a moon phase indicator at 3 o’clock, is a model of aesthetic balance.
Each version comes with two straps, one in topstitched alligator leather and the other in navy blue rubber – both easy to swap in and out, thanks to the “quick change” system – and is complete with a bezel set with 60 diamonds totalling 0.46 cts. Offering 38 hours of power reserve, the Manufacture FC-702 calibre within, which is decorated with Côtes de Genève and delicate perlage, can be admired through the transparent case back.
Two of the designs share a rose gold-plated case in common, but while one combines this with a blue-grey dial, the other has a silver-toned dial. Hovering over them is some slender rose gold-plated central hands, with a third hand at 9 o’clock showing the date, in counterpoint to a gold-coloured moon phase on a starry midnight blue sky at 3 o’clock.
This same diptych also features on the third design, with its steel case. Understated yet dazzling, the gleam from the bezel is reflected by the sleekness of the dial, its delicate curvature mirrored by some slightly arched steel hands. It is worn on a dark blue alligator leather strap, echoing the night sky of the moon phase. As is the case for every variation in the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture collection, Frederique Constant has focused on making it easy to use with any adjustments to the settings achieved using one single crown, located at 3 o’clock.