Only Watch – Frederique Constant Meteorite Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture
A blue meteorite dial for the Frederique Constant Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar
A unique piece for Only Watch 2019, Frederique Constant presents a version of its Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar featuring a dial fashioned out of a meteorite found in Namibia. Standing out with its unique texture, the blue openwork dial echoes the colour of 8th edition of the biennial charity auction.
Frederique Constant presented its first tourbillon in 2008. It was followed in 2016 by its first perpetual calendar movement. The two aforementioned complications were combined in 2018 on board the FC Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary. With a price tag under CHF 20,000 (for some versions), the Frederique Constant Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar is a perfect illustration of the brand’s vision to offer watchmaking classics at an accessible price.
The watch is powered by the self-winding calibre FC-975. Visible through the openwork dial and exhibition caseback, it is decorated with Geneva stripes and perlage. At 6 o’clock the tourbillon cage comprises 80 parts, including a silicon escapement wheel and anchor. The limited number of the watch is engraved on the cage (N°1), which is a nice touch. The perpetual calendar displays the day, date, months and leap year indication.
The unique piece is presented in a 18k pink gold three-part case. Measuring 42mm in diameter it features a rounded bezel and a fluted onion crown. The watch is presented on an alligator strap with a rubber finish. For more information, please visit www.frederiqueconstant.com
Only Watch is a biennial fundraiser for research on muscular dystrophy – Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies (AMM). Organized under the patronage of HSH Albert II de Monaco, the watches of the 8th edition will be auctioned by Christie’s on Saturday 9 November 2019. More details at www.onlywatch.com.
Interesting, £17,000 accessible?
And a 6,250 Euro Santos is “the poor man’s option”.