FREDERIQUE CONSTANT

The Swiss luxury watch brand Frédérique Constant was founded in 1988. In 2002 Alpina Watches was acquired by Frédérique Constant and added to the portfolio. Frederique Constant is focused on affordable luxury watches and has seen success with its heart beat movement, the first such caliber made in-house, with a bridge for the balance wheel on the front side of the movement (patented design). So far Frederique Constant has designed more than a dozen movements and in 2005 followed Patek Philippe to introduce silicon escapement wheels to its watches. Frederique Constant also makes tourbillons, worldtime watches, Frederique Constant vintage watch lines has many notable Frederique Constant ambassadors. The Frederique Constant watch collections include the Frederique Constant manufacture, Frederique Constant ladies automatic, Frederique Constant runabout, Frederique Constant vintage rally, Frederique Constant slimline, Frederique Constant classics. WatchTime has the latest Frederique Constant news on all Frederique Constant watches. We cover Frederique Constant ladies watches and Frederique Constant for men. if you're looking for a specific Frederique Constant review, or to learn about timepieces like the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture, Frederique Constant Business Timer watch, as well as Frederique Constant ladies' watches, read our coverage or go to our large watch database with a selection of Frederique Constant watches.

Five Affordable Swiss Watches with In-House Movements

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When shopping for a fine timepiece, people often seek particular attributes, and two of the most popular are “Swiss made” and “In-house movement.” Here are five watches that meet these criteria, and that you can acquire without breaking the bank. … [Read more...]

Feeling Blue: 20 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

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Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [Read more...]

Budget Travelers: 5 World-Time Watches Under $5,000

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Summer is the preferred time for many people to travel, and what could be more useful for globetrotters than a watch that lets them keep track of time everywhere in the world at once? Many world- time watches will cost you as much as several overseas vacations, but we found a handful, all with mechanical movements, that you can get for $5,000 or less. … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic

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Frédérique Constant has sponsored the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, one of the world's most prestigious showcase events for vintage wooden boats, since 2010. This year, the Geneva-based watch company salutes the event with a new limited-edition watch in its sailing-inspired Runabout collection, the Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic, available in two distinct versions. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

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Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Vintage Watches For the Budget-Minded Aficionado

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Let's say you are on a budget of $1,000 - $1,500 for a nice timepiece. If you care about things like warranty, water resistance, no maintenance for the next five years and so on, you may want to skip this week's Fratello Friday article on vintage watches. If you are living your horological life a bit more on the edge, however, I encourage you to read on. … [Read more...]

Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

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As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014 Preview: 19 New Watches We’ve Seen So Far

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Baselworld 2014 is almost upon us, and the WatchTime team will be on-site at the world's biggest watch fair to provide you up-to-the-minute coverage of the scores of new timepieces making their world debuts there. Before we dive in, here's a roundup of the watches we've reported on so far, from brands that have provided pre-Baselworld press materials on some of their new products. … [Read more...]

Watch Review: 5 Square and Rectangular Watches Under $3,000

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Are you a fan of four-sided watches and looking for a "Square Deal?" In this watch review feature from our October 2008 issue, we take a look at five watches from Eterna, Fortis, Frédérique Constant, Nomos and Oris, all with square or rectangular cases and all priced under $3,000*. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: 5 Pre-Basel Watches from Tissot, Longines, Bulgari, Maurice Lacroix, and Frédérique Constant

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The Baselworld watch fair is about a month away, but many watch brands have already sent previews of new timepieces that they will be launching at the fair. Click on the pictures below to read my posts (along with additional photos) on five new watches from Tissot, Longines, Bulgari, Maurice Lacroix, and Frédérique Constant, all from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Affordable Watches and Top Watch Brands

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There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes "affordable watches" and "affordable luxury" in luxury watch brands and best watches for men. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 affordable watches and top affordable watch brands that, in my opinion, represent the most excellent value for their luxury watch price and can be considered best watches for men, if you will. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Christmas List: 28 Watch Gift Ideas for Watch Lovers

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The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and many of you are probably considering buying a watch, either as a gift for a loved one or as a year-end reward for yourself. In response to the many readers of my blog, Watch-Insider.com, asking me what watch I would recommend, here are my personal selections of watches to give as gifts, all introduced this year or very recently. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s Top 10 Watches to Watch of 2013… What Was Your Favorite?

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Every week, WatchTime's Mark Bernardo picks one watch to showcase in our "Watch to Watch" feature. As the year is winding down, we've decided to spotlight the most popular "Watches to Watch" of 2013, based on page views. Here we count down the top 10 watches you were watching this year. Can you guess what made Number 1? … [Read more...]

Review: 9 iPad Apps for Watch Aficionados

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Though tablets such as the iPad arrived on the market just a few years ago, it is already difficult to imagine our lives without them, and the world of apps that complement them. But have you ever thought about how a tablet app could help you choose your next watch, or even help enhance your passion for watches in general? … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 7 Moon-Phase Timepieces

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In "Going Through a Phase" in WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue (on sale October 29), executive editor Norma Buchanan explores this year's crop of new moon-phase watches. Here are photos of seven of them that you can download as desktop wallpaper. … [Read more...]

A Record-Breaking Patek Philippe Highlights Top 5 Watches from Only Watch 2013

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The fifth edition of the biennial "Only Watch" auction took place over the weekend at the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco. When the final hammer fell, the auction of unique timepieces had raised 5,066,000 euros for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T fetched the highest price ever paid for a modern wristwatch at auction. … [Read more...]

Regulation Time: Testing the Alpina Avalanche Manufacture Regulator

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The Alpina Avalanche Manufacture Regulator has an offbeat regulator dial. Does the watch’s in-house movement stay on tempo? Photographer Nik Schölzel and I find out in this watch test feature from the December 2010 issue of WatchTime. … [Read more...]

Back is Beautiful: 13 New Watch Wallpaper Images

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In WatchTime's July-August issue, on sale next week, we present the latest edition in our popular series of "Back is Beautiful" photo features, offering a gallery of fine mechanical watches that are as dazzling through the caseback as they are on the wrist. Click here to download all 13 photos as wallpaper for your desktop. … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture

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Since its founding in 1988, Frédérique Constant has developed a well-earned reputation as a “value brand” among watch aficionados for its accessibly priced timepieces with in-house mechanical movements. This year, the brand added a manufacture moon-phase movement to its repertoire, making its debut in the new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches from Baselworld 2013

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The Baselworld 2013 watch fair has come to and end, and now, having seen and covered dozens of new watches on my blog, Watch-Insider.com, my colleagues at WatchTime have asked me to name my favorite new timepieces from this year's show. Click here to see my top 10 watches from the most well-established brands. … [Read more...]

Basel Bargain Hunting: 7 New Watches Under $5,000

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At the 2013 Baselworld watch fair, held in April, many of the biggest watch brands unveiled their new watches for the year. … [Read more...]

Hear What 16 Prominent Watch Execs Said About Baselworld 2013

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WatchTime contributor Alexander Linz was hard at work at Baselworld, conducting interviews with several CEOs and representatives of major watch brands, discussing their latest watches and other developments in the industry. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2013, Day One: Blancpain, Hublot, Graham, Alpina

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The first day of the 2013 Baselworld watch fair is in the books, and I've already seen a number of interesting new timepieces. Yesterday's highlights included a clever yacht-timer watch from Alpina, a world horological  first from Blancpain, and some quality time with one of this year's most talked-about pieces, Hublot's La Ferrari. … [Read more...]

Million Dollar Club 2012: Watch Advertising at All-Time High

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In an exclusive report in the upcoming May-June issue of WatchTime, we reveal which watch brands are spending the most on advertising in 2012, a record year for watch-company ad spending, and we provide a complete list of the 60 brands that spent more than $1 million on ads. … [Read more...]

Only Watch Auction Returns to Monaco in September

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The fifth Only Watch, a charity auction of unique timepieces, returns on September 28th, taking place once again in Monaco and conducted by Antiquorum Auctioneers. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Previews Baselworld Novelties From Bulova and More

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Over at watch-insider.com, WatchTime contributor Alexander Linz takes a look at some of the novelties that will be on display at the upcoming Baselworld fair. … [Read more...]

Inès Sastre Joins Frédérique Constant as Charity Ambassador

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Frédérique Constant has announced that Inès Sastre, world-famous model, actress and UNICEF representative, will be the brand’s new "Female Charity Ambassador" for the next two years. Sastre will play a major role in Frédérique Constant’s support of the World Heart Federation, and its "Hearts of Children" campaign, which continues the brand's involvement in heart-related charities that began in 2009. This collaboration will include the Swiss watch manufacturer launching a “Ladies World … [Read more...]

Frederique Constant Table Clock

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Frederique Constant has decided to go big with their latest timepiece. Eschewing the usual table clock shapes, Frederique Constant's new table clock is instead designed to look like a giant FC watch, complete with a crown on its side. However, instead of a strap, there is a base which also serves as a protective lid.  … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture

Frederique Constant Slimline Tourbillon front

A Swiss-made tourbillon wristwatch with an automatic movement is rare enough — but finding one that costs less than $40,000 is virtually impossible. We say "virtually," because Frédérique Constant, a brand long known for its impressive cost-benefit ratio, has added such a watch to its repertoire with the introduction of the Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture, a limited edition of 188 pieces. The new men's watch, which follows the launch of Frédérique Constant's Ladies’ Slimline … [Read more...]