Frederique Constant adds three smaller-cased variations to its Classic Date Manufacture collection, all in steel and all with an enhanced manufacture movement.

At the same time, the Geneva watchmaker updates its Classic Moonphase Date Manufacture with new dials, a new movement and a longer power reserve. 

One of three Frederique Constant Classic Date Manufacture debuts.

Classic Date Manufacture

With a new-generation manufacture FC-706 caliber, the latest Classic Date Manufacture series now offers seventy-two hours of power reserve, a smaller (40mm) case size and a longer warranty, newly extended to five years.

Instead of the 42mm case of the existing series, the new 40mm size frames a new dial with no numerals, refined hour-markers and a new “chemin de fer” minute track. All this impressive novelty will be offered in three models with sunray pattern dials in silver, black or salmon.

The new movement features multiple improved technical features. 

In addition to a larger barrel to enhance power reserve (which jumps from thirty-eight hours to seventy-two hours), the new Manufacture FC-706 movement has also been newly finished.

Now, circular-grained and fan-shaped côtes de Genève finishes decorate the bridges rather than circular motifs. 

In part thanks to these enhancements, Frédérique Constant increases the Classic Date Manufacture warranty to a full five years. 

New hour-markers, hands and minute track designs also signify the new generation Classic Date Manufacture series. The hour-markers are applied, diamond-cut, polished and slightly reduced at 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock.

No numerals means greater attention to the minute track around the dial, which has also been made more prominent with its railway style. Finally,  there’s a new onion-shaped crown on the watch. 

One model on a brown alligator strap features a salmon-colored dial combined with a steel case, and silver-colored hour-markers and hands. The second model offers a silver sunray dial with a navy-blue alligator strap and the third, the most contemporary, contrasts a black dial with its steel case and silver-colored hands and hour-markers.

The newly updated series continues to underscore Frederique Constant’s ability to offer high-quality Swiss manufacture movements within classically designed watches at relatively affordable prices.

Price: $3,495.

Classic Moonphase Date Manufacture

With a new trio of dial variations and an enhanced power reserve of seventy-two hours, the Classic Moonphase Date Manufacture, a flagship model for Frederique Constant, is now available in three new steel-cased variations with a silvered, blue or green dial.

Boasting the technical upgrades found in all the new FC-700 series calibers, the new the new FC-716 movement powers a redesigned refined dial with a sunray finish and thin fine hands.

And like the date model debut (above), the new Classic Moonphase Date Manufacture also now comes with a five-year warranty.

Price: $4,095

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