What do you get when you combine the latest men’s collection from Frederique Constant with its globe-trotting Manufacture calibre? The answer is the Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture, a future icon. The globe engraved dial that features on this timepiece, with its contemporary 41 mm steel case, is sure to awaken the wanderlust in you.
For over 30 years, Frederique Constant has been progressing and breaking new ground in watchmaking, becoming a fully-integrated manufacture and developing 30 calibres in-house, while refining its signature look. Advocating luxury Swiss watches at affordable prices, Frederique Constant has never deviated from its founding line.
Each year, the Manufacture finds increasingly inventive ways to offer sleeker, more sophisticated timepieces that are ever more accessible. The new Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture is the embodiment of this; the “Worldtimer” being the best positioned timepiece in the watch industry today.
Two stars united
To this end, Frederique Constant has capitalised on the expertise of its Geneva-based manufacture. It’s here, in the birthplace of watchmaking, that the brand’s FC-718 calibre was designed, produced and assembled It is a movement of its time: modern, precise and reliable, not to mention tried and tested. Featuring at the forefront of the Highlife collection is a first and represents a major turning point for Frederique Constant.
Simple, accurate, intuitive
Combining the two is natural, intuitive. Tech meets style. The highly contemporary design of the 41 mm steel case and dial with globe engraving is an ode to travel. The FC-718 manufacture calibre is designed for exactly that.
The self-winding mechanical movement has a power reserve of 38 hours. It is visible through the case back, water-resistant to 50 metres. Admire the typical Genevan finishes that Frederique Constant is so fond of, perlage and circular Côtes de Genève among them.
Highly user-friendly, its single crown can be used to set any function: hours, minutes, the date at 6 o’clock and the 24 cities disc that represents 24 time zones on Earth, itself engraved in the centre of the piece. There is no day / night indicator required; the inner disc has been engraved with 12 hours on the light area (cities where it is daytime) and 12 hours on the blue area (those where it is night-time).
One Earth, three straps!
Blue is the dominant colour of the Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture. It takes up the whole of the centre of the dial, as well as the date counter, for which Frederique Constant has used its unique sunray guilloché for improved legibility. This is skimmed by three central rhodium-plated hands, including luminescent hour and minute hands that are easy to read, even when travelling to the other side of the world at night.
To celebrate the arrival of this new model, the Manufacture has created not one, not two, but three straps for it – a rarity in watchmaking nowadays. The integrated interchangeable strap from the Highlife collection has become one of its characteristic features and Frederique Constant wanted to emphasise its importance. The first option is a polished and satin-brushed three-link steel bracelet with folding buckle, the second is a blue strap with silky nubuck finish and the third is a blue rubber strap to complement the urban feel of the watch.
One watch, three looks, 24 time zones; the Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture is ready to explore the world of today – and tomorrow!
Frederique Constant Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture Technical Specifications
- Hours, minutes, seconds, date by hand, worldtimer
- FC-718 Manufacture calibre, automatic with all functions adjustable by the crown
- Perlage & circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement
- 26 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28’800 alt/h
- Brushed and polished stainless steel 3-part case
- Diameter of 41 mm
- Height of 12,90 mm
- Front convex sapphire crystal
- See-through case back
- Water-resistant up to 5 ATM
- Blue dial, globe decoration and silver color applied indexes with white luminous treatment
- 24H disc with day (white) & night (blue) indication
- City disc with 24 cities
- Hand-polished silver color with white luminous treatment hour and minute hands
- Hand-polished silver color second hand
- Date counter at 6 o’clock with hand-polished silver color hand
- Brushed and polished stainless steel 3-link bracelet
- Including two additionnal blue straps: one rubber strap and one nubuck leather strap
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 competitive prices, 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 Plan-les-Ouates (GE). To this day, Frederique Constant has designed 29 Manufacture calibres, including high complications, such as the Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar and Flyback Chronograph.
In 2015, Frederique Constant launched the Horological Smartwatch, the first Swiss Made connected timepiece featuring a traditional appearance. Powered by a connected module, the Horological Smartwatch represents a new segment in Swiss watchmaking. In 2018, the Classic Hybrid Manufacture succeeded it, combining a mechanical movement with intelligent features and an integrated calibre analysis system. It was followed by the Smartwatch Vitality line in 2020. Equipped with a new generation built-in heart rate sensor, it features a classic dial, combined with a digital display that is revealed on demand.
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.