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Frederique Constant Revisits the Classics

Frederique Constant adds six new models to its Classics collection, a high-value set of automatic watches that continue to underscore this Geneva-based watchmaker’s unwavering focus on Swiss-made ‘accessible luxury’ timepieces.

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic, gold-plated options

All six of these newest watches measure 40mm in diameter in either steel or rose-gold plated cases, and all of them are powered by one of Frederique Constant’s Sellita-based automatic movements. In addition, all appear with traditional Roman numeral indexes that circle a central Guilloché decoration featuring hours, minutes and seconds. Four of the new watches include a date indicator, while the other two show off the automatic movement’s balance wheel through an aperture at the top of the dial, with no date.

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic Heartbeat, in steel

Within the Classics Index Automatic collection (with date) you’ll find a new watch offered in four guises. Two of these offer a blue dial with a steel case and steel bracelet or black croco strap. The other two gold-plated versions are offered with a blue or light grey dial, and both are held on to the wrist with a black croco calf leather strap.

The gold-plated Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic Heartbeat

Within the Classics Index Automatic Heart Beat, which Frederique Constant debuted in 1994 as the first affordably priced watch to show off its ‘heartbeat’ balance wheel on the dial side, you’ll find two additional offerings. These two pieces differ only with their case and dial accents. One is made with a steel case, steel markers and steel hands; the other is a bit dressier with a gold-plated case, markers and hands.

Prices: $950 to $1,150 (Classics Index Automatic), $1,350 (Classics Index Automatic Heart Beat, steel) and $1,550 (Classics Index Automatic Heart Beat, rose gold plated).

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