More than 20 years ago, Frederique Constant launched the first models in the Highlife collection. Their unique design was characterised, among other things, by the special strap built into the case. This year, the manufacture has updated the ingenious concept and reinvigorated the collection by adding three new models. We are taking a look at the Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture.
The original Highlife watches already embodied all the values that contributed to the success and longevity of Frederique Constant: a classic design paired with the high quality of Swiss watchmaking at an affordable price.
The Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture presents the quintessence of the new collection. “Highlife” is the revival of a legendary line, part of an history collection. The Perpetual Calendar is a complication that many watchmakers do not dare to tackle and a sign of watchmaking skill and high ambitions.
As for the dial, the Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture is characterised by three counters: the day of the week at 9 o’clock, month and leap years at 12 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock. A moon phase at 6 o’clock completes the set. For optimal readability, the polished hands and index hour markers are tinged with luminescent material.
Al necessary adjustments are made via two discreet pushers in the middle of the case as well was the crown. The case itself is water-resistant up to 5 atm and comes in a diameter of 41 mm.
The Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture is powered by an automatic movement. The calibre FC-775 operates at a frequency of 28,800 vph and provides a moderate power reserve of 38 hours. Therefore, this watch should not be taken off for two days at a time; if that’s something one regularly considers, it may be beneficial to buy a watch winder.
The movements perlage and Côtes de Genève can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back.
Frederique Constant offers three different versions of this watch. The first is characterised by two-tone styling, combining steel and rose gold plating on the bezel, bracelet and crown. The second version presents itself entirely in blue, while the third offers a purist-modern design in black and white.