The Swiss Watchmaker Introduces Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture In Roman Numerals – A New Variation To One Of Its Best Selling Collections
When it comes to choosing a dress watch, Frederique Constant’s Slimline Moonphase Manufacture collection has always been acknowledged by the watch admirers and hence been regarded as one of the leading preferences. Now what makes this line of watches nab the attention of the enthusiasts is the sleek elegance and the simplicity of their design.
Besides the design aesthetics, the ease of accessing the applications through a single crown and the integration of an in-house manufactured caliber makes this line of watches most coveted by the enthusiasts.
Last year, the Swiss watchmaker released an ivory-colored dial version of the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture featuring sunray decorated dial along with applied silver color baton indexes. The dial showcased the classic color palette including ivory, cobalt blue and chocolate enclosed within a 42mm case covered by convex sapphire crystal.
The movement that powered the Manufacture Slimline Moonphase was FC-705, an in-house developed, in-house manufactured and in-house assembled automatic movement that displays hours, minutes, date and moonphase, all adjustable through a single crown.
With now over 20 calibers manufactured in-house at Plan-les-Ouates, Geneve, Switzerland, since 2004 Frederique Constant has constantly been creating its own precious mechanical timepieces that are produced with highest precision and perfection by professional watchmakers. Thus the Swiss watchmaker offers a range of beautifully designed high quality watches at accessible luxury prices.
And for 2017, Frederique Constant concentrated on introducing two new variations for its Slimline Moonphase Manufacture range – one in rose gold and the other in silver. The new version of its iconic Slimline Moonphase Manufacture embodies the transformation of the moon through the night sky on the wrist and displays the same elegance that has been the trademark of the collection.
Moon and other celestial bodies have long been used as a time telling device by the ancient civilizations and lunar calendars, first developed by Egyptians, have known to be identified centuries ago. This lunar calendar thus gave birth to what we know today as the official year consisting of 12 months divided into 29.5 days on an average per month.
The moon’s movement observed a regular pattern that was distributed into eight phases spanning across the time period between two full moons. This cycle of moon phases that incorporates waxing, first quarter, full moon, waning and last quarter along with other phases that fall in between takes 29 and a half days to complete and hence, it should come as no surprise that the length of a month in our modern calendar owes its existence to the phases of the moon.
Though tracing the phases of moon was quite naïve thousands of years ago, it was in the 16th century that the moonphase complication was incorporated into grandfather clocks or longcase clocks. Then late 19th and early 20th century observed the moonphase finding its way onto pocket watch dials. Since the movement of the moon has a played a great role in man’s daily life right from maritime navigation to religious ceremonies, crop harvests and the ebb and flow of the tides, integrating the moonphase into a pocket dial was quite discernible.
Finally, the complication made its way to the wristwatches but such a migration rendered beauty rather than adding a necessity complication to the timepiece.
Aesthetically, the new version of the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture is similar to the previous ivory dial version though the 42mm dial enclosed by convex sapphire crystal now features Roman index numerals in place of the silver batons. The silver-colored dial with sunray decoration attached to an alligator strap displays other intricate and subtle details such as the Roman Numerals in black and the elegant hand-polished dauphine hands that would swivel around the dial.
And the most elegant and romantic of all the features is the moonphase display that sits in a bosom shaped aperture at 6 o’clock. The dark blue disk contrasted with golden-colored stars and two mesmerizing golden moons sway through the opening to mimic the transformation of the moon through the night sky. A golden thread accentuates the rim of the opening standing out from the silver sheen of the dial.
Though the complication does not render any use to the owner in this modern era, but the elegance and beauty that it transpires into the timepiece makes the watch lovers fall for the timepiece.
On the whole, the design aesthetics of the new versions are quite simple and clean yet elegant. The simplicity and minimalistic approach towards design is what defines Frederique Constant’s timepieces.
The new models are powered by 6.2 mm thick FC-705 movement itself that is entirely in-house designed, produced and assembled, featuring 26 jewels and 145 parts.
The in-house manufactured self winding caliber beats at the rate of 28,800 hz and offers a power reserve of 42 hours. The watch is water resistant upto 3 ATM and displays functions including hours, minutes, date and moonphase all adjustable with the crown.
To set up the moonphase in your timepiece, you will need to refer a moonphase calendar and match the phase of the moon to your watch. To do so, simply push the crown once, move it downward and then alter the blue disk to mimic that particular night’s noon phase. Once done, move the crown upward to set up the date and you are ready to enjoy your Moonphase manufacture.
The New Slimline Moonphase Manufacture is available in rose gold and silver and comes priced at CHF 3,095. To know more details and make a purchase, hit frederiqueconstant.com.