The Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture celebrates
Frédérique Constant’s thirty-fifth anniversary
2023 is a very special year: it’s Frédérique Constant’s thirty-fifth anniversary. After initially emerging into a familiar universe full of historic firms, this relative latecomer embarked on a trajectory that’s displayed a rare degree of constancy, winning over all kinds of people from all over the world. In a tribute to the splendour of this ongoing saga, the Manufacture is today unveiling two Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture watches, one in 18-carat rose gold in a limited edition of 35, the other in an unlimited edition in steel sporting a chocolate-coloured dial. Both variations feature a diameter of 41mm and will come with either one or two additional, interchangeable straps.
One anniversary, two watches
Exactly 35 years ago, two bold young entrepreneurs took their first steps in watchmaking with a single aim in mind: making the fine workmanship of Swiss Made watchmakers available to the general public at a fair price. Thus was born Frédérique Constant. The original Geneva-based firm has since embarked on an impressive journey, becoming a fully-fledged manufacture that’s now international whilst remaining firmly attached to its Geneva roots.
To celebrate this outstanding odyssey, Frédérique Constant is unveiling two new variations of its Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture. In just three years, the Highlife collection has earned a name for itself as Frédérique Constant’s flagship collection, embodying the rise of the manufacture that first brought it into being.
The unlimited ‘chocolate-coloured’ variation
The second, unlimited reference being unveiled today sports the same features, with just three main exceptions. Firstly, the case is steel, suitable for more contemporary, urban wear. Secondly, the prevailing colour here is chocolate brown for the strap and worldtimer, coupled with a slightly lighter shade for the dial centre.
Lastly, this variation comes with three straps rather than two: chocolate brown alligator leather with a nubuck finish, a rubber strap of the same hue, and a polished, brushed steel 3-link strap.
Circle the globe, Manufacture style
The ballet of gears of the Manufacture FC-718 automatic caliber powers this model, backed by a 38-hour power reserve. With thoroughly tried and tested reliability, it’s the epitome of simplicity to use: all indications are set using the crown, thanks to an ingenious three-notch system. The first notch is for winding the watch. The second sets the date (going upwards) and the reference city (going downwards). The third sets the time on the central display.