It’s an uncommon joy in the value range we talk about here at worn&wound to discover watches with fabricate, or in-house, developments. It’s much more uncommon for them to be Swiss made types. All things considered, that’s precisely what we have here with the new Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture . At a beginning cost of around $3,500 one can get a watch that appears to resist the laws of extravagance watches and be, while not economical, in the open cost range.
The Slimline, of which there are a few varieties, is pretty much as spotless as dress watches come. Basic and rich cases with delicate bends and extraordinary completing are finished off with sapphire precious stones, front and back, reserved domed dials, applied markers and slender leaf hands. As the name recommends, the entire line keeps a position of safety, making them comfortable and simple to fit under a shirt, as a dress watch should be. The Moonphase has a 42mm case, making it a touch wide, however on the wrist the watch doesn’t feel excessively enormous because of proportional drags and a slanted case design.
The new Moonphase makes the Slimline assortment a stride further with the unmistakable expansion of quite possibly the most desired of complications. A moonphase, however not really the most down to earth, adds a demeanor of extravagance to any watch. From the actual gap to the plate featuring a night sky with moon and stars, there is something verifiably refined and a touch secretive about them. On the Slimline, the moonphase is coordinated into the date pointer, which is a subdial at 6, keeping the dial genuinely negligible and hence not double-crossing the character of the line.
The Slimline Moonphase is controlled by the FC-705 Manufacture type, which is a 26 gem programmed with 42-hour power hold. This perfectly improved development features round Geneva Stripes, blued screws, perlage and a gold-tone rotor, making it a joy to look at through the show case back. On top of completing the development additionally has the exceptionally extraordinary feature of incorporating all capacities into a three-position crown. Ordinarily, moonphases are set using pushers close by of the case. This straightforward mix makes the Frederique Constant inventive, underscoring the uncommon value point all the more.
The Slimline Moonphase will be accessible in a couple of varieties including steel and rose gold plated cases with silver or blue dials, just as strong 18k rose gold choices at a greater expense point. It’s truly something uncommon to discover a watch of this execution with an in-house type under $5,000, particularly one with a moonphase. Frederique Constant is unquestionably a brand we are eager to examine here on w&w, and will feature all the more regularly in the coming years.
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by Zach Weiss