Frederique Constant is a relatively young brand from the point of view of the watch world. Its history begins in 1988, when husband and wife Aletta and Peter Stas start designing their own collection of watches. The brand was named after their ancestors Frederique Schreiner and Constant Stas. Everything culminates with the presentation of the first collection in 1992. It is assembled by a Geneva watchmaker and contains Swiss movements.
The brand finds its home in Geneva, gradually expanding to such an extent that in 2000 it opens a new production facility in the Chêne-Bourg district. In 2002, the Stas couple revive the traditional Swiss brand Alpina, which becomes a sister brand of Frederique Constant and is supposed to satisfy the demand for sports watches. The production of Frederique Constant offers rather social watches.
That this Geneva-based brand is serious about watches was shown in 2004, when its first in-house movement, the FC-910, was introduced. This was placed in a model with a flywheel sight, which the brand calls the "Heart Beat", a solution that Frederique Constant used popularly in the early days of its existence. However, it did not stay far from this "first swallow", as the brand then added its own movements with additional complications, such as the date, possibly with the worldtimer function, or the moon phase indicator. The highlight is the in-house manufactory movements with royal complications, such as the tourbillon or the perpetual calendar, which make it clear that the brand is moving into the circle of haute horlogerie. Today, the Geneva manufactory already has 30 of its own in-house movements, while the most recent acquisition is worth mentioning - the revolutionary FC-810 movement with a monolithic silicon oscillator, replacing 26 components of a standard stepper mechanism. It operates at a frequency of 40 Hz, which is ten times the frequency of the flywheel in a regular mechanical watch. It must be added that Frederique Constant offers these top watch complications at very favorable prices.
The brand is also involved in the field of smart watches, while the Hybrid movement, which combines a smart watch movement and a classic mechanical movement, is interesting.
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