In 2021, Frederique Constant expanded its Highlife collection with two new references – the Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture in stainless steel and rose gold. Utilizing the FC-975 Manufacture calibre introduced in 2018, both variants boasted a contemporary and sporty aesthetic with a skeleton dial. The newly introduced limited edition Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar maintains the collection’s overall design but embraces a more traditional closed dial for a wider appeal.
Encased in the familiar 41mm brushed and polished three-part tonneau-shaped case crafted from 18ct rose gold, the timepiece stands 12.65mm high. The scratch-resistant and anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal, transparent caseback, and 30m water resistance are consistent with the earlier skeletonized version. The gold crown is positioned at 3 o’clock, and the small pushers in the caseband facilitate the setting of the perpetual calendar.
The dial adopts an intuitive layout divided into four segments. Horizontally placed day and date sub-dials ensure easy readability, while the month and leap year indications share a counter at 12 o’clock. The tourbillon at 6 o’clock adds a captivating touch, counting the seconds with its designated hand. All the hands are rose-gold plated, with the hour and minute hands filled with luminous material, just as the ten rose-gold plated applied indices, which appear suspended yet held in place at the outer flange. The dark blue matte finish of the dial complements the snailed sub-dials, while the minute ring on the periphery appears almost black with white markings. The embossed globe motif, a signature decoration of the Highlife collection, is partially visible behind the indications.
The in-house FC-975 movement is powering the timepiece, comprised of 188 components seamlessly working together to display both time and perpetual calendar indications. With 33 jewels and a frequency of 28,800vph, the movement offers a power reserve of 38 hours. Finishing touches include perlage, Côtes de Genève, and blued screws.
The New Frederique Constant Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture in Rose Gold is paired with a navy blue alligator leather strap with nubuck finishing and an additional navy blue rubber strap, interchangeable. Limited to just 35 pieces, the price for this exclusive timepiece is set at EUR 44,995 or CHF 44,995. More details at frederiqueconstant.com.