The Swiss watchmaker returns to the same well with this updated version of the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture. And once again, the watch delivers everything it promises.
By now, we should be relatively familiar with Frederique Constant’s proposition. With each new release, the Geneva-based watchmaker doesn’t seem to betray its faith to classicism and elegance in terms of design.
Add a solid in-house complication into the mix, and a Frederique Constant watch always seems to deliver a solid luxury timepiece at an accessible price.
The latest from the watchmaker is no different. It comes to us in the form of the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture, the second addition to the brand’s Manufacture Collection his year. And if you’re a fan of tracking the cycles of the moon on a classic Swiss timepiece, this watch is for you.
The Slimline Moonphase Manufacture was first introduced in 2013, a year when we happened to see a lot of moonphase compilations on the market.
What made Frederique Constant’s offering stand out was the price – under 3,000 Euro – along with a slim and classic design, powered by the fine FC-705 caliber. In no time, it became one of the brand’s most highly regarded lines.
This new edition of the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture is very much inspired by the previous models, and that’s no surprise given that all models are meant to represent that “timeless” look.
Once again we have the modestly sized 42mm case, which protects the very same in-house FC-705 caliber on the inside.
The silver-coloured dial provides a clean display with sunray decoration, elegant hand-polished dauphine hands, and Roman numeral hour markers that are printed (unfortunately) and not applied.
The Moonphase itself can be found at the opening at 6 o’clock, revealing each stage of the moon’s metamorphosis. As is the norm, a dark blue disk contrasts with gold-coloured stars and a gold moon, providing a harmonious overall look.
For five years and counting, the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture by Frederique Constant has been a solid timepiece. Part of the reason is the fact that it hasn’t changed much over the years. But for that to be an effective strategy, we must be sure that the first model got it just right to begin with. And it did.