Frederique Constant’s Latest Classics Premiere Timepieces

For The Modern Rake: Frederique Constant’s Latest Classics Premiere Timepieces

Since its relatively recent founding in 1988, watchmaker Frederique Constant has forged its legacy with two hallmarks: A strong alignment with classicism and an uncannily accessible price point. And the brand’s latest trio of its Classics Premiere timepieces fall right into that zeitgeist.

By Mike Espindle
Executive Editor

Not all of us are lucky enough to inherit a fine, sophisticated timepiece from our forebears (shocking, I know). Luckily, we have the Geneva-based watchmaker Frederique Constant to correct our progenitors’ abysmal lack of watch game.

For starters, the brand’s nearly religious adherence to traditional watch design and complications, albeit with fully modern movements encased in steel or noble-metal-plated steel, results in many of its wristwatches presenting as perfectly-kept vintage pieces. Then there is the brand’s legendarily accessible price point.

Thus, if you’re a modern gentleman looking for a jaunty yet traditional watch without breaking the bank, then it should come as no surprise that all three of the brand’s new Classics Premiere models will fit that bill (and, maybe, be the beginning of you own family traditions).

The New Classics Premieres

Each new Classics Premiere timepiece hews so closely to the traditional that they could almost be mistaken for family heirlooms. There are three versions: The first has a red gold-plated steel case and a white dial; the second also has a white dial but comes in a steel case; and while the third also has a steel case, it features a black dial. However, before we get into the different executions too deeply, let’s start by discussing what they have in common.

All three share classic Roman numeral indices, Brequet-style hands, an outer “railtrack” minute ring in 5-minute Arabic numeral increments, and a vintage-friendly diameter of 38.5mm. Moreover, each features an open caseback with a “glassbox” magnifying effect that reveals the Côtes de Geneve-emblazoned G100 La Joux-Perret-based movement.

Rose Gold-Plated Glasses

With its warm rose gold color and gleaming finish playing particularly well against the cross-hatched guilloche work on the silver-toned central dial and the black applied hour indices, the red gold-plated steel execution is perhaps the most classic of the bunch. Not to mention that the gold enhances the prominent knurled crown, as well.

Offered on a croc-patterned black calf leather strap, the core version of this gold-plated ode to classicism (featured here) is limited to 500 pieces and lists for $2,095.

In Plain Steel

When looking at the steel version with a white dial, you can see the versatility inherent in the Classics Premiere’s design.

This iteration definitely takes on a more casual, sporty essence without losing a whit of the line’s inherent traditional appeal. Like its red-gold plated sibling, this version is limited to only 500 pieces; however, its price point is lower. It lists for $1,895.

Black Beauty

Now, to be fair, a black-dialed watch may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “vintage.” Yet, despite that, the designers at Frederique Constant have perfectly matched contrast and proportion to bring a black execution of the Classics Premier “back” in time.

The dimensionality of the central dial guilloche work picks up light wonderfully, so you don’t lose any of that classic detail. Applied indices, gauging, and hand tones shift to a shimmering silver that pops off the noire dial, which also receives a sunray finish outside the guilloche section, so it’s not completely matte black. This soiree-ready execution on steel retails for $1,895, as well.


Available at select retailers and via the brand’s website as you read this, to learn more about the new core selection of Classics Premiere timepieces, visit the Frederique Constant website.

(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)

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