The Only Watch biennial auction, a charity event supporting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research to be held on Saturday, 11 November 2017, 2.30pm Geneva time, will see Frederique Constant’s Special Edition of the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar up for bidding.
Frederique Constant has in a short span of time since its founding in 1988 managed to win over the hearts of many watch enthusiasts with its quality watches with inexpensive and value-for-money price tags. In many ways, it is the disruptor in the watchmaking realm.
Although it has accessibly priced watches powered by quartz movements that won’t raise any eyebrows, the watchmaker has a few mechanical moonphase timepieces and grand complications fitted with in-house movements among its collections that undercut the retail prices of similar watches from other manufactures by huge margins.
The Manufacture Perpetual Calendar is the archetype of what Frederique Constant is all about. Introduced at last year’s Baselworld, the Manufacture Perpetual Calendar is fully developed internally at the manufacture, including its own calibre that had undergone two years of research and development before it was ready.
At this price point, while others are still offering moonphase watches with date indicators that require a readjustment every first day of the month, the Frederique Constant Manufacture Perpetual Calendar takes into account leap years and short months of February and doesn’t require a reset until 2100.
The in-house movement epitomises Frederique Constant’s aspiration—an ambitious young brand seeking to push the boundaries. By using innovative techniques, all 191 parts are designed using software, produced by its own CNC machines and 3D printed before being hand-assembled.
Its automatic FC-775 movement offers 38 hours of power reserve and is finished with perlage and circular côtes de Genève patterns on the bridges and plates. It is also decorated with 26 jewels. Although it isn’t as heavily spruced up as other haute horlogerie calibres, it is sensible without going over the top.
For the Only Watch auction, the 42mm rose gold Unique Piece—Manufacture Perpetual Calendar features a grey meteorite dial adorned with a moonphase on six o’clock, a date sub-dial at three o’clock, a day sub-dial at nine o’clock and a month sub-dial at 12 o’clock paired with a leap year indicator shown by a red hand.
To mark the one-of-a-kind issuance, “Swiss Made Piece Unique” is applied on both sides of the six o’clock appliqué index.