Here at Beastie Folly we are big fans of Frédérique Constant and the Slimline range is a very elegant family from the manufacture. These watches first caught our eyes with the Moonphase collection and these just continue where they left off, but take it up a few notches more. Ah if only money grew on trees.
Anyway, here is the official Frédérique Constant take on these new models.
New Additions to a Famous Family
In 2012, renowned Swiss watchmaker Frédérique Constant launched a range of limited edition timepieces so visually stunning and so technologically advanced, they became an instant, worldwide sensation among watch aficionados.
This year, we are delighted to announce that, due to the unprecedented popularity of the Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture, we are expanding the range to include six models in total. Each model in the range will be individually numbered and offered in a strictly limited edition of 188 pieces; owners can be assured their watch will be as exclusive and unique as it is incredibly elegant, sophisticated, stylish and timeless in appearance.
Innovation and technical superiority at the heart of every Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture
Every model in the new Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture range is driven by the FC-980 Manufacture automatic caliber, which has been completely developed in-house at our manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva. The technological genius behind this movement, which in itself is made up of more than 200 individual parts, is further enhanced by the addition of a silicium escapement wheel and anchor, providing reliability and accuracy no one thought possible in a mechanical watch. The FC-980 movement also employs the unique, patented Frédérique Constant Smart Weight Balancing System; even the cage surrounding the Tourbillon is individually numbered.
The silicium escapement wheel and anchor is a revolutionary development, pioneered in-house by Frédérique Constant’s dedicated designers and perfected by our team of engineers. Not only does silicium provide unfailingly accurate timekeeping, but it is also a substance which is not susceptible to the same wear and tear as the materials traditionally used in watch movements; nor is it affected by elements such as excessive heat and humidity. This means we have been able to dramatically extend the service interval for the Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture, providing even greater assurance that your watch will continue to offer exceptional and trouble-free service for years to come.
Other features shared by each of the new models include the beautiful Perlage and Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement itself, as well as the 33 jewels and an unrivalled 48-hour power reserve. The movement’s bridges are rhodium plated, and the screws are blue due to being tempered at extremely high heat. The highly hand-polished, three-part cases are an impressive 43mm in diameter; the case, however, is a mere 0.12cm deep, truly befitting the “Slimline” name. Dials are protected by a convex sapphire crystal, and the see-through case back also gives owners an amazing view of the Slimline Tourbillon’s “beating heart.”
As well as the hand-polished hour and minute hands, there’s also a day and night indicator, and all models feature a 60-second tourbillon, in which the seconds hand is actually an integral part of the rotating tourbillon cage, which sits between the 6 o’clock position and the centre of the dial.
Two in rose gold
The FC- 980C4S9 is the first of the two rose gold models on offer in the new Slimline Tourbillon range. The gleaming, highly polished rose gold case contrasts magnificently with the curved, rich chocolate dial, which in turn blends seamlessly with the dark brown, alligator leather strap and folding buckle.
The FC-980V4S9 combines the stunning rose gold case with a lustrous silver dial and a chic black alligator leather strap.
Two in stainless steel
These two models are offered with brightly hand-polished stainless steel cases. The FC-980G4S6 blends the stainless steel case into a dark grey dial, offering a timeless appearance and understated elegance. A dark grey alligator leather strap completes the utterly unique package.
The FC-980N4S6, on the other hand, presents a far more colourful option. The dark navy blue dial stands out wonderfully against the stainless steel case, and the blue alligator leather strap gives a truly modern look to this Slimline model.
What a fantastic combination! Put together a shining stainless steel case and a gleaming rose gold bezel, and you have an ultra-attractive mix of materials that will be sure to attract admiring glances wherever you go.
The FC-980G4SZ9 matches this unique blend of case and bezel with a striking, dark grey dial and luxurious grey alligator leather strap, while the FC-980C4SZ9 completes the new Slimline Tourbillon range with a delicious dark chocolate dial and a stunning dark brown alligator leather strap.
Six new watches, each utterly unique and very rare. The only thing that may surprise and delight you more than their movie-star good looks is how reasonably priced this range is. You should hurry, though, because they may not be here tomorrow!