At some point in our lives, we all love different things. In our 20s and 30s, we may love sport shoes more than say, a dress or formal shoes. That’s ok. During our younger years, we had more time for sports and workout. However, there comes a time when a man matures; more work time than time to work out. The same is true with watches. A man’s preference for watches changes overtime, as he matures.
It’s ok to like Sport watches, Casual watches or even big faced watches. They make life fun and youthful. However, there comes a time in every man when he needs to complete the watch collection with a fine, luxury dress watch to compliment that formal or black tie look. It’s just not appropriate to wear Casio G-Shock or a big faced TWSteel watch with a tux or a black tie event suit. It would look ridiculously out of place on a suit! Often, luxury dress watch would mean that it will cost an arm and a leg to acquire, like a Vacheron or a Patek, but there are other options out there that are far more accessible. That’s where Frederique Constant comes in and that’s how I got to know and love the brand.
Frederique Constant Classic Manufacture is first and foremost classified as a dress watch, meaning that it falls around the 40mm to 42mm size fit for every suit, just enough for the cufflinks to fasten securely in place without the watch getting in the way. Now, what I like about this particular FC model is that it falls just within the 42mm size, not too small for my wrist and not too thin at 11.5mm thickness. This also means that even though it’s classified as a dress watch, you can wear it occasionally with a casual/denim outfit or with a semi formal attire, because it is not very small like other dress watches that falls under the 40mm size. The FC Classic Manufacture also has that good heft/weight on the wrist that almost feels like it’s a class above the dress watch category, which makes it really comfortable for a man’s wrist.
Now, when you want to impress, of course there are the usual suspects; one could go for a Rolex or an Omega, but these are far too common brands for me. And far too often, they are most likely to be imitated. I like the boutique luxury brands and I like how they have stood the competition, and the FC feels like it can compete with these brands without having to scream Luxury up in your face. It’s what I would call, subtle elegance.
Let’s talk about its design. The box, in dark green, looks pretty luxurious and heavy; it comes with a second wooden box that houses the watch. The watch itself looks kind of small without direct light contact. But in the metal, and while holding it and on to the wrist, it feels just about right , like a 42mm watch should feel on the wrist. What makes this really special is that Frederique Constant currently makes one of the best movements in house. They make movements from less complex to really complicated design movements for their higher end models. All the luxury brands that are really good make their own, in-house watch movement. The FC-710 movement is currently one of its best in its category.
The case: it comes in polished stainless steel 3-part case, in 42mm diameter. Convex sapphire crystal. See-through backcase cover and water resistant to 5 ATM.
The dial: Black-colored dial with white printed roman numeral indexes. Hand-polished white hands. Date counter at 6 o’clock.
The movement: FC-170 Manufacture Caliber, automatic with date adjustable through the crown. Perlage and circular cote de Geneve decoration on the movement, 26 jewels, 42 hours power reserve.
Strap: Black leather, clasp deployment in Steel with Frederique Constant logo.
- Carl Cabusas