The Manufacture collection highlights Frederique Constant’s horological prowess. Fully assembled in-house, these watches are given movements that excel in precision and power and adopt complications that exude pure beauty. Although meticulously made, Frederique Constant Manufacture watches are more affordable than most luxury watches of the same caliber.
The Frederique Constant Manufacture is known to set the bar high for quality, from function to style. The timepieces adopt calibers from the brand’s own FC-700 series. These Frederique Constant movements are praised for their long-lasting power reserves and user-friendliness that outpace other watchmakers’ in-house creations. With the said components, Frederique Constant Manufacture watches tick 38 or 42 hours per automatic winding cycle. Furthermore, most if not all caliber functions can be fine-tuned via the crown.
Frederique Constant Manufacture timepieces also outshine rivals when it comes to design. The watches have stunning faces with smooth, matte, or guilloche finishes and gorgeous complications such as perpetual calendars and moon-phase indicators. That is despite the timepieces’ slim form factor; therefore, the releases become even more sophisticated. Even though they are made with the highest quality inside and out, Frederique Constant Manufacture watches do not cost a fortune. They are not luxury timepieces with six-digit price tags.
|Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Ref. FC-718NRWM4H9||$18,000 USD||42mm|
|Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Ref. FC-718NWM4H6||$4,200 USD||42mm|
|Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Ref. FC-705S4S6||$3,500 USD||42mm|
|Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Ref. FC-705N4S6||$3,500 USD||42mm|
|Frederique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Ref. FC-775S4S6||$9,900 USD||42mm|
|Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture Ref. FC-701NSD3SD4||$5,000 USD||38.8mm|
|Frederique Constant Classic Moonphase Manufacture Ref. FC-712MN4H6||$3,000 USD||42mm|
|Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture Ref. FC-760CHC4H4||$4,900 USD||42mm|
|Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve Manufacture Ref. FC-723WR3S6||$3,800 USD||40mm|
|Frederique Constant Classic Manufacture Ref. FC-710MC4H4||$3,000 USD||42mm|
Frederique Constant Manufacture watches are among the most affordable timepieces in the luxury market. They typically go for $3,000 to $10,000 USD. The price range excludes some limited editions that are worth $18,000 to $20,000 USD. Below are in-demand models and how much they cost:
Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase watches are the most popular models from the collection. They are easily recognizable because their ultrathin sunray blue or silver dials display only the time and the waxing and waning phases of the moon.
The timepieces’ faces look neat with a single disc at the 6 o'clock position aside from the hands and indexes. That moon-phase indicator disc already doubles as the date display. The dials are subtle at the front but bold on the opposite side because they are see-through. The transparent back allows the watch owner to marvel at the complex caliber FC-705 inside that has a 38 to 42-hour power reserve.
Manufacture Slimline Moonphase watches, having a consistent dial design across models, are priced depending on the case material. The rose gold variant with a leather strap is nearly $4,000 USD, while the stainless-steel versions like the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture Ref. FC-705N4S6 are worth $3,500 USD.
The Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase Stars watch is as chic as the Slimline Moonphase selection but is dominantly inspired by celestial bodies and the night sky. The $5,000 USD timepiece’s dial design reflects that.
The watch’s face is in a sleek dark blue hue with stars, hand-applied diamond indexes, and a moon-phase indicator at the 12-noon position. Surrounding it is a bezel embellished with 60 diamonds while underneath is the caliber FC-701 that has all functions controllable via the crown. The movement can be seen from the transparent case back, like the rest of the models from the collection.
The Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture Ref. FC-701NSD3SD4 is quoted at about $5,000 USD.
Perpetual calendar watches are typically the most expensive models from luxury watch brands, but not when it comes to Frederique Constant. Its Manufacture Slimline Perpetual Calendar timepieces are relatively affordable at $9,000 USD to $11,000 USD.
Frederique Constant can keep the price at the low to the middle range because the main dial is kept slim and uncluttered. The perpetual calendar, comprising the day, month, and leap year sub-dials, is minimalistic style-wise. It is placed around the center of the watch along with the moon-phase indicator.
Despite the dial still looking basic, the movement inside is intricate. The automatic caliber FC-775 within is given by Frederique Constant inset buttons. The buttons are for convenient toggling of the calendar mechanism. There might not ever be a need to manually adjust it after the first setup, though, for accuracy stays the same for 400 years.
The Manufacture Slimline Perpetual Calendar watches are available with dark- or light-toned faces and leather straps. Those with stainless steel cases, including the Frederique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Ref. FC-775S4S6, are more affordable than the rose gold versions.
GMT timepieces are now capable of displaying different time zones at once at the expense of user-friendliness. With Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Worldtimer watches, though, time zones can be shown for up to 24 cities worldwide but the mechanism for that function is easier to control.
What’s different with the Manufacture Classic Worldtimer compared to its competitors? The answer is its unique in-house caliber FC-718. The component allows all the watch’s functions to be manageable through the crown.
If enthusiasts are impressed when they hear about the Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Worldtimer watches’ movement, they will be amazed even more when they see the design. The timepieces have a central world map representation on the face that overlaps with the date disc. They also look sleek, coming in sunray navy blue or silver finishes.
Given that, the Manufacture Classic Worldtimer watches cost a bit more than the rest of the series from the collection. Price ranges from $4,000 to $18,000 USD. At the expensive end of that spectrum is the limited-edition Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Ref. FC-718NRWM4H9 which comes in 18k rose gold.
The classic Manufacture watches show Frederique Constant’s skill in making affordable quality timepieces for its clientele. The timepieces go as low as $2,600 USD to $3,000 USD because the watchmaker found a way to make cost-efficient yet reliable calibers to go with them.
The FC-710 calibers in the Frederique Constant Classic Manufacture Ref. FC-710MC4H4 and other basic timepieces, for example, are said to be 30 percent less expensive to make than other FC calibers. Despite that, the movements are on par with the standouts, beating at the same rate of 28,800vph and boasting 38 hours of reserve power.
The designs, meanwhile, are still attractive because they are neat. The watches’ silver-tone dials are legible, having the black Roman numeral indexes, hands, and date disc at the 6 o’clock position. They are also encased in stainless steel or rose gold for a glossy touch.
Frederique Constant surprised the industry in 2021 with a slew of Manufacture watches called the Slimline Monolithic series. What’s new with the catalog? Anyone who guesses it’s the caliber is right. The Slimline Monolithic watches use the in-house movement called FC-810, the first mechanical caliber that beats at 288,000vph and can be made into standard dimensions. With the component, the timepieces get a day-to-day precision of -4 to +6 seconds and can retain their compact form.
Additionally, the watches are see-through from two angles. The date disc of each timepieces’ blue or silver guilloche dial has been moved to the 12-noon position. A skeletal disc now takes its place at the 6 o’clock position. That lets the wearer take a peek at the oscillator-type caliber from the front. The underside of the watch is transparent for a clear back view.
There are three timepieces from the 2021 series and all are limited editions. The Frederique Constant Slimline Monolithic Ref. FC-810MC3S6 and Ref. FC-810MCN3S6 watches with stainless steel cases are priced at $5,300 USD while the Ref. FC-810MC3S9 with a rose gold case is listed for about $17,700 USD.
Frederique Constant continues to perfect its affordable Manufacture collection over time that’s why the watches are highly anticipated by enthusiasts worldwide. The timepieces’ history proves that dedication.
The first Frederique Constant Manufacture watches were released in 2009. Back then, the classics already had calibers, such as the FC-900 series, that tout high precision thanks to their tourbillons.
The more iconic watches emerged in the next three years. In 2012, the Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Tourbillon and WorldTimer watches were introduced to the market. The first limited-edition watch is renowned for its FC-980 caliber’s tourbillon that is exposed through a skeletal disc opening on the minimalistic dial. The timepiece also boasts a 48-hour power reserve. The latter limited-edition timepiece was likewise popular because it did not need pushers for the GMT functions.
The Slimline Moonphase series followed in 2013. The watches immediately gained a following because of their FC-705 calibers and complications that are all operated through one crown.
The Frederique Constant Manufacture Perpetual Calendar was then released in 2016 at BaselWorld. It surprised the world that a full-fledged perpetual calendar watch can go for $10,000 USD or less. As a result, it became one of the watches that spurred the industry to develop high-quality yet low-priced luxury timepieces.
Classic Manufacture watches made a comeback during the same year. The timepieces still had caliber FC-710 inside them but on the outside, they look more refined. The guilloche dial patterns were replaced with simple smooth finishes.
The Frederique Constant Manufacture Flyback Chronograph was then made in 2017. It used the caliber FC-760, a movement that supports the flawless functioning of all stopwatch functions. The watch was also reasonably priced even if it had the newly-launched caliber.
By 2018, Frederique Constant was experimenting with combining vintage and modern features in watches. As a result, the Hybrid Manufacture timepieces were created. The watches look analog but have smartwatch functions that can be controlled via an official app.
Three years later, another watch revolution came in the form of the 2021 Slimline Monolithic Manufacture series. As previously mentioned, the timepieces tick many times faster than other mechanical watches in the market.
Frederique Constant Manufacture watches are fascinating in many ways. Here are five reasons why buyers think so and make the worthwhile purchase:
1. The watches are fitted with innovative calibers that are meticulously designed and assembled.
2. The timepieces have interesting complications.
3. The watches are affordable compared to many of their competitors in the luxury market.
4. The timepieces are slim but have useful features.
5. The watches are from a young brand that has already proven its legacy in manufacturing early on.
The Manufacture watches show that Frederique Constant is not compromising quality just to come up with budget-friendly prices. Each timepiece is perfected in terms of form and function, which are both important for many watch enthusiasts.