Frederique Constant Classics Heart Beat Automatic & Classics Index Automatic

Classicism in its pure form

Classics Heart Beat Automatic & Classics Index Automatic
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A subtle combination of tradition and elegance, the Classics collection has established itself over the years as one of Frederique Constant’s pillars. In 2022, the Brand returns to the aesthetic roots of one of its flagship lines, the “Classics Automatic”, with no less than five new self-winding models: three Index versions and two Heart Beat variations – this famous opening on the dial revealing the balance-wheel, which has become the Maison’s signature. Featuring a 40 mm case, these five timepieces feature a delicate guilloché decoration accompanied by Roman numerals, attributes of a classic and timeless appearance.

Classics Heart Beat Automatic & Classics Index Automatic

If there is an often-said watchmaking phrase, it is that the dial is the face of the watch. Although the technological race now results in increasing complications, it is sometimes forgotten that the identity of a watch is not solely expressed by how many rubies it has or the torque of its barrel spring, but also, and quite simply, by its dial. It is what conveys a watchmaker’s identity values and that is immediately recognisable.

Classics Heart Beat Automatic & Classics Index Automatic

Original aesthetic codes

It is with this in mind that Frederique Constant is returning to the sources of classicism which, over the centuries, has defined timeless aesthetic ideals. Among them: a guilloché dial, a discreet date window and Breguet-style hands. And delicate Roman numeral indexes. The latter are back in the Classics Index Automatic line, in the centre of three new automatic movement variations. The first boasts a pink gold-plated case worn on a dark brown leather strap, with a silver dial superimposed by three hands indicating the time via 12 indexes set around a satin-finish hour circle: a prestigious, timeless composition, whose elegance is guaranteed.

Classics Heart Beat Automatic & Classics Index Automatic

Two other variations use the same composition with a steel case: one with a silver dial, the other with a khaki dial, both worn with a black leather strap. Each model is powered by the automatic FC-303 calibre, offering a power reserve of 38 hours.

Classics Heart Beat Automatic & Classics Index Automatic

In the heart of the movement

These last two new watches, with a silver or khaki dial – displaying the same aesthetic features as the Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic models – offer a variant, rich in symbols, thanks to an alternative “Heart Beat”. This design invented by Frederique Constant uniquely highlights the beating heart of the watch, hence its name.

Classics Heart Beat Automatic & Classics Index Automatic

The first Frederique Constant Heart Beat watch was created in 1994. Since then, its original design has often been copied and adapted, but it is never as pure and authentic as in a genuine Frederique Constant watch. This is what these two Classics Heart Beat Automatic watches offer: a homage to the founding spirit of the watchmaker and the rediscovery of a design which takes its rightful place among the classics of fine Geneva watchmaking.

The latter, beating to the rhythm of the FC-310 calibre with automatic winding, have a 30-hour power reserve.

ssics Heart Beat Automatic

Frederique Constant Classics Heart Beat Automatic

Reference FC-310MC5B6 – RRP 1’295€

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds

Movement

  • FC-310 caliber, automatic
  • Perlage and colimaçon decoration on the movement
  • 38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Case

  • Polished stainless steel 2-part case
  • Diameter of 40 mm
  • Height of 10,50 mm
  • Scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal
  • See through case back
  • Water-resistant up to 5 ATM/50m/164ft

Dial

  • Silver color dial with clous de Paris guilloché in the center
  • Printed black Roman numerals
  • Seconds graduation on outer ring
  • Black hour, minute and second hands
  • Heart Beat opening at 12 o’clock

Strap

  • Black calf leather strap with crocodile pattern embossing and black stitching
ssics Heart Beat Automatic

Reference FC-310MCK5B6 – RRP 1’295€

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds

Movement

  • FC-310 caliber, automatic
  • Perlage and colimaçon decoration on the movement
  • 38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Case

  • Polished stainless steel 2-part case
  • Diameter of 40 mm
  • Height of 10,50 mm
  • Scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal
  • See through case back
  • Water-resistant up to 5 ATM/50m/164ft

Dial

  • Khaki dial with clous de Paris guilloché in the center
  • Printed white Roman numerals
  • Seconds graduation on outer ring
  • White hour, minute and second hands
  • Heart Beat opening at 12 o’clock

Strap

  • Black calf leather strap with crocodile pattern embossing and black stitching
Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

Reference FC-303MC5B4 – RRP 1’095€

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Movement

  • FC-303 caliber, automatic
  • 38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Case

  • Polished rose gold-plated stainless steel 2-part case
  • Diameter of 40 mm
  • Height of 10,30 mm
  • Scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal
  • Closed case back
  • Water-resistant up to 5 ATM/50m/164ft

Dial

  • Silver color dial with clous de Paris guilloché in the center
  • Printed black Roman numerals
  • Seconds graduation on outer ring
  • Black hour, minute and second hands
  • Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap

  • Dark brown calf leather strap with crocodile pattern embossing and dark brown stitching

Reference FC-303MC5B6 – RRP 895€

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Movement

  • FC-303 caliber, automatic
  • 38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Case

  • Polished stainless steel 2-part case
  • Diameter of 40 mm
  • Height of 10,30 mm
  • Scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal
  • Closed case back
  • Water-resistant up to 5 ATM/50m/164ft

Dial

  • Silver color dial with clous de Paris guilloché in the center
  • Printed black Roman numerals
  • Seconds graduation on outer ring
  • Black hour, minute and second hands
  • Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap

  • Black calf leather strap with crocodile pattern embossing and black stitching
Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic

Reference FC-303MCK5B6 – RRP 895€

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Movement

  • FC-303 caliber, automatic
  • 38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Case

  • Polished stainless steel 2-part case
  • Diameter of 40 mm
  • Height of 10,30 mm
  • Scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal
  • Closed case back
  • Water-resistant up to 5 ATM/50m/164ft

Dial

  • Khaki dial with clous de Paris guilloché in the center
  • Printed white Roman numerals
  • Seconds graduation on outer ring
  • White hour, minute and second hands
  • Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap

  • Black calf leather strap with crocodile pattern embossing and black stitching

About Frederique Constant

Frederique Constant is a Swiss watchmaking manufacture located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Maison was founded in 1988 by a couple of independent entrepreneurs, Aletta and Peter Stas, to offer quality Swiss watches at an affordable price, with the aim of democratising luxury Swiss Made watches.

Frederique Constant creates, develops, assembles and controls a wide variety of mechanical, quartz and connected timepieces at the same time within its 6,200 m2 Manufacture in Planles-Ouates (GE). To this day, Frederique Constant has designed 30 Manufacture calibres, including high complications, such as the Tourbillon, the Perpetual Calendar, the Flyback Chronograph, as well as a new and unprecedented type of escapement in watchmaking – the Monolithic. Made from a single piece of silicone, replacing the 26 components of a standard assortment, it oscillates at a frequency of 40 Hz, which is 10 times that of most mechanical movements.

In 2015, Frederique Constant launched the Horological Smartwatch, the first Swiss Made connected timepiece featuring a traditional appearance. In 2018, the Classic Hybrid Manufacture succeeded it, combining a mechanical Manufacture movement with connected features. It was followed by the Smartwatch Vitality line in 2020, equipped with a new generation built-in heart rate sensor.

The same year, Frederique Constant reinvigorated the Highlife collection (1999) with a redesigned case and an interchangeable integrated strap. This was followed in 2021 by the Slimline Monolithic Manufacture with its very high-frequency one-piece escapement, then by the Highlife collection for women.

Frederique Constant is currently present in nearly 3,000 points of sale in 120 countries across the world. In 2016, the Frederique Constant group (Frederique Constant, Alpina Watches, Ateliers deMonaco) joined the Japanese group Citizen, so as to pursue its international development and nurture new synergies.

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