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New Dial Colours for the Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC 39mm

New colourways for the brand’s affordable luxury sports watch.

| By Rebecca Doulton | 3 min read |

It’s pretty surprising when you think that the Highlife collection, Frederique Constant’s take on the luxury sports watch, has been around for fewer than three years. Thanks to its well-designed and finished case, its integrated and interchangeable bracelet, its clean dial, its well-represented range of complications, its affordable price tag, and the fact that it isn’t a flagrant copycat, the Highlife has secured itself a firm foothold on the market in record time. Two new dial colours – dark blue and dark green – join the Highlife Automatic COSC family, a straightforward time-and-date model in a 39mm case.

Although the current Highlife collection materialised in 2020, there was an earlier Highlife family produced in 1999. While the similarities are practically impossible to spot, the spirit of the first Highlife, with its array of interesting complications and integrated strap/bracelet, was handed down to the new, entirely redesigned collection that hit the ground running with a Perpetual Calendar, a COSC-certified Automatic and a Heart Beat model.

Currently available in 41mm and 39mm diameters, the two new dial colours of the Automatic COSC are housed in the more compact case size with a thickness of 10.34mm. Like all Highlife models, the tonneau-shaped case has scalloped or half-moon facets at either end and is primarily decorated with sporty satin-brushed finishings with polished accents on the bezel, crown, case flanks and the interior link of the integrated bracelet. Water-resistant to 100 metres, the case has a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides over the dial and a see-through caseback.

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This is not the first blue dial to join the Automatic COSC collection, but it has a different tone. Less saturated, verging on an almost blue-black shade, the details on the dial stand out clearly. The green model follows suit and features a dark forest green tone for the dial. Decorated with the signature engraved globe of the Highlife collection, the tips of the applied and elongated hour indices alight on the perimeter of the globe. The baton hour and minute hands and the hour markers are treated with Super-LumiNova; the index at 3 o’clock is shortened to accommodate the framed date window with a white background. A white minutes track, indicated by the central seconds hand, completes the functionality.

The Highlife Automatic is powered by Frederique Constant’s automatic calibre FC-303 (based on the robust and reliable Sellita SW200-1). Beating at 28,800vph and delivering a relatively limited 38-hour power reserve, the movement has been upgraded to COSC chronometer-certification standards. The chronometry certification is flaunted on the dial in red.

The blue and green dial Highlife Automatic COSC models are fitted with a comfortable, integrated H-shaped stainless steel bracelet with a folding buckle and push buttons. The beauty of this collection is the well-designed interchangeable strap system that allows you to exchange the bracelet for a strap in seconds. The watches come with an additional textured rubber strap matching the colour of the dial with a pin buckle.


The new Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC 39mm models retail for EUR 1,995. For more information and to order online, please visit

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