Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtime Baselworld 2015

Baselworld 2015: The New Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer

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With all the coverages that SIHH 2015’s been getting from seemingly every watch blogs under-the-sun, I feel the need to give Baselworld 2015 some love. Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer is the next watch from Pre Baselworld 2015 that your deserves your attention.

Quick Background on the Brand

Frederique Constant is one of the more under-appreciated watch maison around. While their core ethos is similar to NOMOS, IMHO, Ferderique Constant does not garner the same kind of respect from watch aficionados that its Glashuette contemporary currently enjoys.

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtime Baselworld 2015 Full View

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtime Baselworld 2015 Full View

My Personal Anecdote

That’s a shame really. More so because despite their size (base on shipment volume), Peter Stas (Frederique Constant’s co-founder) still checks and replies personally to some of the posts on Watchuseek Forum. Although I’m not certain if the latest iteration of Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer responds directly to my suggestion in Watchuseek Forum, the latest version of actually incorporates my feedback!

What Is It?

As the name implies, this watch is a true worldtimer. That means it tells time in 24 cities all-at-once. As the name implies, it is a true manufacture piece, meaning that it contains the an in-house movement (although this movement is shared by its stablemate, Alpina, in select models). It’s water resistant to 5 bar or 50 meter, practical enough to withstand splashes (but not for swimming as of yet).

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtime Baselworld 2015

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtime Baselworld 2015

What’s the Difference From Previous Model?

Let’s start with luminous hour/minute hands! My comment in Watchuseek when the previous version first came out was “What’s the point of having lume for indexes but not the hands?” was my suggestion. The world map is deep lustrous blue which gives the watch classier look and depth as compares to previous silver.

Although no price has been announced yet, it will most likely not be much more expensive than the previous model, which should put it in the neighbourhood of $5000USD. That would be quite a value. It would also make the $4000-$6000 USD price range for worldtimer/timezoner the most competitive segment ever (the other two being NOMOS Zurich Worldtimer True Blue and the recent Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum.

Baselworld 2015 is shaping up the be a very interesting show with Arnold and Son Golden Wheel and now Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer.

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