Compare to old-timer Swiss watchmakers, Frederique Constant is not a century old. It was founded only in 1988 by Dutch couple Peter Constant Stas and Aletta Francoise Frederique Stas-Bax in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva (Switzerland). But this not comes as a disadvantage, but in fact, a great advantage. Being a young players with a passion for watches they’re able to solve the gaps between old and new timepieces. And they ended the misconception that luxury watches come with unreasonable prices.
Proud of their ancestors, the Stas couple named their company after their great grandfathers. But what special about Constant Stas, Peter’s 4th generation grandfather, is he was also into watchmaking. In 1904, Constant Stas founded a different company that specialized in creating dials.
At first, Peter Stas would not follow in his great grandfather’s footsteps. He initially used his Business Economics education in serving a giant electronic company. But things changed in 1988, when he and his wife saw the potential of making luxury watches accessible for all watch aficionados. It wasn’t mere marketing strategy, but perhaps a brilliant idea at that time. Going back, Frederique Constant came when Quartz Crisis and the Banking Crisis of 1980s happened. The Banking Crisis (1980-1994) pushed people to literally consider luxury items extravagance, if not decadence. Meantime, Quartz Crisis made watches from Asia, especially from Japan, smart choices primarily because of the quality and prices.
The Beat of Innovation
Not only made luxury watches accessible to many, but Frederique Constant also established its name by meeting well-loved classic designs and sought-after modern mechanisms in every timepiece. Their first bulk of watch lines launched in the market in 1992. And their classic creations include Classic Heart Beat (launched in 1994), Classic Art Deco, and Classic Art of Porcelain. Heart Beat is special not only because it has a moon phase complication, dials with handmade hands, Guilloché and roman numerals, and alligator leather strap. It also boasted Frederique Constant’s very own heart beat movement.
Art of Porcelain also feature handmade dials made of, yes, porcelain that meticulously and artistically done by people from Zsolnay. Zsolnay is a 166-old Hungarian company famous in their products made of ceramics and porcelain out of eosin substance. Classics Art Deco, on the other hand, is in every way perfect for ladies. Apart of its alluring art deco style hands, this timepiece also has 18k rose gold case with diamonds, seven-jewel quartz movement, mother of pearl dial, and 63-month or 5-year battery life.
The Sail of the Sporty and Sleek
Frederique Constant Holding also produces sports watches, which become prolific when it acquired Alpina Watches in 2002. Alpina is been in the watchmaking industry since 1883 and concentrating on bringing the best sport watches. It is no surprise then that luxury watch manufacturer produces watch collections that appealing for men such as their Classic Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, and Yacht Timer Regatta.
The Slimline collection features ultra-flat timepieces powered by company’s in-house movement—the FC-775 mechanical self-winding movement. These watches are also gorgeous with their Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève decorations and brown or black alligator straps. Yacht Timer Regatta line is a collection of watches designed for regatta or boat races—the sports close to Peter Stas’ heart. Both sporty and stylish, a Yacht Timer Regatta has five dots in the upper center of its dials. These five dots translate to five minute-countdown, thus every minute each dot changes it colors.
Their other notable sport watches include Riva Historical Society-inspired Runabout Automatic, and Vintage Rally Peking to Paris (in celebration of a race from Peking, China to Paris France).
The Cutting-Edge Progress
Another pride of Frederique Constant is it cutting edge and progressive watchmaking approaches. To date, it has 15 in-house movements, produces silicon escapement wheel, and creates fantastic smartwatches such as Hybrid Smartwatch and Horological Smartwatch. The former is the first mechanical smartwatch, while the latter is the product of Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT). MMT is a combination of MotionX technology of Californian Fullpower Technologies and Swiss horology. This is why Horological smartwatch does not only offer chic design but also has a long battery life.
As Frederique Constant continues to evolve it also join the family of Japan’s Citizen Watch Co. Ltd. in 2016. Thus Frederique Constant, Alpina and Ateliers DeMonaco are now sister brands of Citizen.
It’s a fact that many see value in cultural or historical things, but not if they offer inconvenience. It was same with how buyers see novelty, vintage or classic items. They would not buy not if they mean discomfort. Good thing these issues are case-closed because of Frederique Constant watches.
Frederique Constant has a true passion that always been the persistent, ongoing result of fine, sensitive processes that happen over time – rather than a brief, emotional uplifting that occurs due to a single, exciting moment. Passion represents their internal drive and truly identifies who they are, much more so than their daily habits or needs do. Visit the nearest Tempus store today to experience these incredible timepieces yourself.
Tempus Watch Store Philippine Branches:
TEMPUS MALL OF ASIA
2nd Floor, North Wing, Main Bldg, SM Mall of Asia
(02) 823 5258
917 327 6840
TEMPUS CENTRIO (CDO)
Space 1063, LEVEL 1, Centrio,
Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City
(088) 880 0136
(0926) 311 4087
TEMPUS LANANG (DAVAO)
254 SM Lanang Premier,
JP Laure, Bajada, Davao City
(082) 285 8506
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