Frederique Constant, under the direction of owner Peter Stas and his wife Aletta, is one of the true success stories of the modern-day watch industry. Created to provide more accessible fine watches, Frederique Constant has grown by leaps and bounds, including its own dedicated manufacturing facility and a number of manufacture movements.
Double Heart Beat Black Beauty
One of the key pieces for Frederique Constant, designed to highlight Frederique Constant’s commitment to mechanical movements, is the Heart Beat, introduced in 1994. This year, Frederique Constant introduces the Double Heart Beat Black Beauty, mixing mechanical artistry with the beauty of deep black mother-of-pearl. In addition, a portion of all sales of Double Heart Beat watches is donated to charity by Frederique Constant.
Vintage racing - Panamerican style
For many years, Frederique Constant has been involved in vintage auto events, with Austin Healeys and vintage rallies and races, and the brand is the sponsor of the La Carrera Panamericana race, which dates back to 1950, when the Panamerican Highway was completed. Then, it was a five-day race across the country organised by the Mexican government and ran almost entirely along the new highway, which crosses Mexico from north to south for a total distance of over 3,300 kilometers.
Today, La Carrera Panamericana is one of the most emblematic classic car rallies in the world and has become a true legend, a stage rally that hosts hundreds of drivers and co-drivers and millions of classic car aficionados.
To celebrate this race and the brand’s sponsorship, Frederique Constant is introducing two new timepieces, both available in a limited edition of 1888 pieces for each dial version. Housed in a 43mm diameter polished stainless-steel case, the new timepieces are powered by the new FC-435 hand-wound calibre with small seconds. These two new limited editions display the original logo of the race on the dial and on the decorated movement. This collection is entirely inspired by the magical universe of classic and vintage cars, and the watches are available with stainless-steel hand-applied indexes or with rose gold plated hand-applied indexes.
Source: Europa Star April - May 2012 Magazine Issue