An emblematic complication of watchmaking, the chronograph has entered Frederique Constant’s Highlife collection. Three models are already fitted with it. Two of steel, including a limited series of 1888 pieces, and the third in two tones alternating steel and rose gold plating. Each timepiece will come with a 41 mm case with an integrated and interchangeable bracelet, a marker of the Highlife collection, in the same way as its dial is decorated with an engraving representing a globe. As required by the collection, each watch will be delivered with an additional steel bracelet or rubber strap.
Created in 1999 and relaunched in 2020, the Highlife collection has marked Frederique Constant’s story. It embodies the values which have contributed to the watchmaker’s success: a design faithful to the standards of fine Swiss watchmaking, with high-quality finishes and careful attention for a fair price, making Swiss Made luxury accessible to as many people as possible.
The addition of a chronograph to this flagship collection was highly anticipated. It is a leading complication of watchmaking which, contrary to a widespread idea, is also one of the most technically complex to produce, as well as probably being the most used. Frederique Constant has chosen an automatic version in line with the positioning of its Highlife collection: dynamic, urban and modern.
Pure Highlife DNA
To meet the requirements of the various profils of Highlife collectors, Frederique Constant offers three different versions of the Highlife Chronograph Automatic. They share the same 41 mm stainless steel case. In accordance with the uses of fine watchmaking, it alternates polished and brushed satin finishes on its middle, its contour and its bezel. Two push buttons appear at 2 and 4 o’clock. They control the start / stop of the chronograph and its reset to zero. Their contour has been slightly inclined by a few degrees to fit harmoniously with the case contour.
As regards the dial, each version has a compax chronograph, with a small second hand at 9 o’clock, a 30-mn counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock balancing the watchmaker’s “Frédérique Constant, Genève” signature at midday. Three central hand-polished hands complete the timepiece: two fluorescent hands for the hours and minutes and a central chronograph seconds hand. Each model is also fitted with a second complication, useful every day, the date, discreetly housed in a dedicated window between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Frederique Constant Highlife Chronograph Automatic – A very intricate chronograph
Many details have been designed to make the Highlife Chronograph Automatic subtle and particular. Its dial still bears the engraving of the Earth in its centre, the symbol of its cosmopolitan nature. As regards the chronograph counters, they have an inward curved flange, offering a deeper perspective and more accurate reading of the chronograph indications. The fine gradations of its flange allow for 1/5th second readings.
As for the back, the case is fitted with a sapphire crystal through which one can admire the FC-391 automatic movement and its chronograph module – in particular its column wheel located at 3 o’clock that conoisseurs will spot easily. Developed in collaboration with La JouxPerret this calibre is not only housed within a remarkable modern construction, but it also boasts a high degree of quality and finishes. Moreover, for each of these new models, Frederique Constant has designed a rose-gold plated oscillating weight decorated with Côtes de Genève – a decoration which is a favourite of Frederique Constant, whose Manufacture is also located in Geneva.
This rotor thus winds the automatic movement, beating at a frequency of 28,800 alt./h and guaranteeing 60 hours of power reserve. Each timepiece is engraved with the words “Highlife Chronograph” and its associated water resistance to 10 ATM, i.e. 100 metres.
Highlife Chronograph Automatic: One complication, three executions
Sporty, urban or stylish: the new Highlife Chronograph Automatic is available in three highly complementary versions. The first, made of steel, will be the most sought-after: it is limited to 1888 pieces and alone has two additional straps. It will thus be possible to alternate between a navy blue calfskin strap in a Nubuck finish, a rubber of the same colour, or a threelink bracelet of polished and satin-finish steel. Three different options which will highlight, according to each person’s preference, either the white dial or the blue counters and the flange of this rare collector’s item, of which each timepiece will be individually numbered.
Precious, the second version is the only one in two tones, alternating the steel with rose gold plating decorating the bracelet’s central link, the bezel, the push buttons, the hands and the indexes. These discreet touches of rose gold on the silver dial give this version a bold but stylish mix, demonstrating the ability of the Highlife collection to adapt to all the styles of contemporary life. For a more sporty look, this edition will be supplied with a brown rubber strap.
Finally, the third version plays on contrasts, where the timepiece – case and bracelet – of steel contrasts clearly with a black dial punctuated by indexes and hands also of steel. The second black rubber strap will emphasise its sporty and secretive look.
Frederique Constant Highlife Chronograph Automatic Technical Specifications
- FC-391WN4NH6 – Limited to 1888 pieces, RRP 3’295€
- FC-391V4NH2B – RRP 3’295€
- FC-391B4NH6B – RRP 2’995 €
- FC-391 calibre, automatic
- Côte de Genève decoration
- 60-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h
- Brushed and polished stainless steel 3-part case / Brushed and polished stainless steel and rose gold-plated 3-part case
- Diameter of 41 mm
- Height of 14,22 mm
- Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal
- See-through case back
- Water-resistant up to 10 ATM/100m/328ft
- White / Silver / Black dial with globe decoration
- Navy blue outer ring with white graduation / Silver colour outer ring with black graduation / Black outer ring with white graduation
- Applied silver colour indexes filled with white luminous treatment / Applied rose gold-plated indexes filled with white luminous treatment
- Hand-polished silver colour hour and minute hands filled with white luminous treatment
- Hand-polished silver / rose gold-plated colour chronograph second hand in the centre
- 60 seconds counter at 9 o’clock with silver colour / rose gold-plated hand
- Chronograph 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock with silver colour / rose gold-plated hand
- Chronograph 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock with silver colour / rose gold-plated hand
- Date window between 4/5 o‘clock
- Navy blue calf leather strap with nubuck finishing / Including an additional navy blue rubber strap as well as a stainless steel bracelet
- Bicolor brushed and polished stainless steel and rose gold-plated bracelet / Including an additional brown rubber strap
- Brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet / Including an additional black rubber 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 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.