The new Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture from Frederique Constant
With this rare timepiece, Frederique Constant hails the return of its Highlife collection. Created in 1999, it is making its comeback in 2020, having been entirely overhauled. Its redesigned case houses a dial decorated with a globe motif. Symbolising the Earth, the perfection of the circle, it is also the icon of a new generation that shares the same ideal for saving the planet, sustainable and sensible living.
Now available with a diameter of 41 mm, the watch also features an integrated strap. The lack of horns allows for greater flexibility and helps it sit naturally on the wrist. The design necessitates perfect continuity between the lines of the case and the strap, a smooth transition and natural – almost imperceptible – fluidity. A special system allows for its straps to be changed in a flash, without the need for tools.
In this new 18-carat rose gold rendition, the Highlife’s decorated dial is shown off to its very best advantage. Optimum legibility is ensured by the sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Complementary rose gold and deep blue echo each other. The case presents alternating polished and satin finished surfaces. Every counter (month and leap year, day and date) is sunbrushed. Index hour markers are rose gold-plated and luminescent. In keeping with the sleekness of the case design, all of the perpetual calendar’s correctors have been integrated, lending emphasis to the lone rose gold crown at 3 o’clock.
Powered by the Manufacture FC-775 calibre, a self-winding mechanical movement, the 18-carat rose gold Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph and has a power reserve of 38 hours. It comes on a blue nubuck finish alligator strap, unique to this model. For collectors and connoisseurs of fine watchmaking, the movement, featuring intricate perlage and Côtes de Genève decoration, can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback.