Frédérique Constant, a Dutch brand, manufactured in Switzerland, is presenting the classically styled Moontimer. With this fine watch Frédérique Constant has put new technologies to work, all while maintaining the classical and clean style of the brand.
The basic recipe for this watch excists out of a stainless steel case of 43mm and a black dial. To spice things up a bit you add the moonphase. Although it has a 43mm every surface is rounded off, with the only sharp lines really appearing on the inside of the lugs. This gives the watch a softer look and doesn’t give a defined outer edge for your eye to grab on to.
Next, the dial is mixed in. At first, the black dial seems a tad plain – but when you get a closer look at it, you notice that there’s a subtle sunburst pattern in it, which breaks things up a bit without requiring a move to non-matte finish. Nice is that the moonphase is not just a splash of color, but actually adding a functionality to the piece. It is pretty cool in my opinion that you can have a mechanical forecast on your wrist as to what you’ll see in the sky. The moonphase disc itself is understated to complement the watch. The moon and stars are in a matte finish, and the occlusion of the moon (to indicate the phases) is accomplished by the scallops that are at the bottom of the cutout. As the disc rotates, the appropriate portion of the moon will be obscured, similar to what we see in the sky.
When you consider that the $2,225 Frédérique Constant Moontimer accomplishes the setting of all functions via the single crown (no pusher dimples on the case for this one!), you realize the ease of operation you can get when a brand is creating their own movements. If you’re looking for an affordable luxury watch with an in-house movement, Frederique Constant is probably going to be your first stop. frederique-constant.com
externe bron door : Equwatch.com / photo: F.C.