FRÉDÉRIQUE CONSTANT – CLASSIC CARRÉ AUTOMATIQUE
SQUARING THE CIRCLE
Frédérique Constant offers an alternative to round watches with a chic, classic model driven by a fine mechanism that can be seen through an opening in the dial.
Not everything goes round in circles in the world of watchmaking! In the 20th century, the Roaring Twenties were an era when culture and art gained a new impetus. At a period that fostered creation, rectangular wrist watches made their first appearance. Dandies and elegant ladies wore them as indispensable accessories matching their outfits. Even today, these watch cases are known for their naturally refined aesthetic appearance. The silhouette of the new Classic Carré Automatique by Frédérique Constant is a perfect example. With its discreet size (30.4mm x 33.3mm), the timepiece is very easy to wear on the delicate feminine wrist. The dial, with its silver tone, catches the eye through a classic layout of the time features. The black Breguet-style hour and minute hands move across a guilloché pattern and point towards stylised Roman numerals. The second hand is placed in the centre. The watch has no date counter, but an opening at 12 o’clock unveils the beating heart of an automatic mechanical movement.
The calibre FC-310 driving this Frédérique Constant watch provides it with 38 hours of power reserve. Turning over the steel or polished rose gold-plated steel case, depending on the version, you will see some of the components enhanced by a spiral decor through the crystal caseback.
The Classic Carré Automatique comes with a black or brown strap to highlight its totally retro personality.
Price: €1,295 (steel) – €1,495 (rose gold-plated steel) frederiqueconstant.com
By Dan Diaconu