Here at Beastie Folly we keep stumbling across new offerings at Baselworld that we really like.There have been a few retro styles, such as the Omega Bullhead and the Tudor Heritage in blue, which we have already highlighted here. Longines have a few appealing new models and we especially like the new Hydroconquest which we will showcase shortly. Frédérique Constant have also been busy and they have sent us this press promotion which includes a stunning photoset of their new Slimline Moonphase model. It’s worth clicking the images for the full size shots they are lovely.
Lady Peanut loves moonphase watches but in truth they have never grabbed me but here Frédérique Constant really have produced a well thought out model. The style is simple and elegant and this is reinforced by the slim case and the result is beautiful. I could have one in every colour! Below is the official press release text.
The All-New Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture
Simply Wonderful and Wonderfully Simple…
With NASA’s Curiosity Explorer currently rambling over the surface of Mars, people on Earth are getting wonderfully detailed pictures and views of the planet that has long been the subject of folklore, myth, legend and speculation. We can see images on our television sets, videos on our computers and I-Pads, and a select few can even scan the Red Planet in real time with powerful telescopes.
However, one of the glorious things about the world in which we live is that every single person on this planet can look to the sky and see the awesome, wondrous moon, without the aid of rovers, telescopes or television pictures. It doesn’t matter where you are or the circumstances in which you live; the bright, beautiful moon is available to us all.
The new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture—as timeless as the moon itself
The appearance of the moon has not changed since the dawn of time. Yet it continues to inspire the same stirring emotions and passions as when the first men looked to the bright light in the night sky…and wondered.
Frédérique Constant has incorporated elegant design features into the new Slimline Moonphase Manufacture that would not have looked out of place a century ago; nor will they look outdated even 100 years into the future. If the moon could make a style statement, it would be that simple beauty never goes out of style.
Five new models are being introduced, and all are driven by the unique FC-705 Manufacture calibre. Each model shares a number of features, and all are presented in a unique, specially designed wooden gift box.
Only one crown required
In spite of the amazing features incorporated into the new Slimline Moonphase Collection, the true genius of these watches is that each complication can be accessed through the watch’s single crown. This ability is an increasingly important feature in Frédérique Constant watches.
The crown can be set into three positions. “Position 0” is selected for winding the watch. At “Position 1,” the date can be adjusted by turning the crown clockwise. Turning the crown counter clockwise allows users to adjust the moonphase. Finally, “Position 2” allows users to make adjustments to the hour and minute hands. It’s as easy as that!
Other common features include the elegant slimline design and a case diameter of 42 millimetres. All models also come with the exceptionally popular convex sapphire crystal on the front and see-through case back. In addition, each dial presents the date display and moonphase at the 6 o’clock position. An incredible new technology known as “laser ablation” has been used to create an outstandingly detailed and precise image of the moon. Finally, each of the new Slimline Moonphase models comes with a 26-jewel movement, an impressive 42-hour power reserve and a Perlage and Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement.
A galaxy of choices
With prices starting at an incredibly low €2,695, the Slimline Moonphase offers truly exceptional value. The FC-705S4S6 comes with a brilliantly polished three-part stainless steel case and a domed silver dial with lustrous, hand-applied nickel indexes and matching, hand polished nickel hands. An elegant black alligator strap with tongue buckle completes the timeless look.
When only blue will do, the FC-705N4S6 is a watch owner’s dream. The second of the stainless steel models has a strikingly handsome navy blue dial, which contrasts wonderfully with the nickel indexes and hands. The alligator strap is also a striking blue, accented with off-white stitching and tongue buckle.
The gleaming rose gold plated case of the FC-705V4S4 exudes understated elegance. The domed silver dial contrasts wonderfully with the rose gold plated hands and indexes, and a dark brown alligator strap stands out beautifully from the slim case.
At the apex of the Slimline Moonphase range stand two models featuring solid 18 carat rose gold cases. The FC-705V4S9 is presented with a domed silver dial and hand-applied rose gold plated indexes and hands, with a dark brown alligator strap. The FC-705C4S9, on the other hand, comes with a stunning chocolate brown dial, which blends beautifully with the rose gold plated hands, indexes and dark brown alligator strap.
Whether high in the sky or sitting proudly on your wrist, the moon will continue to draw admiring looks, forever.