As has been previously mentioned in this website, there are very few brands that will give you Swiss Made quality and precision while not making a hole in your pocket. One such brand is Frederique Constant. And that should bring a smile to bossman Peter Stas. Although he sold the brand to Citizen a while back, he’s still in charge and it still continues to put out really good mechanical and hybrid connected watches. The key for this brand is how refined the watches are. It is easily on par with many editions of far more expensive brands. So where similarly priced watches do not put anywhere near as much thought into their pieces, this is a brand that does.
Refined and defined
The Classics Automatic 24-Hours is faithful to Swiss watchmaking traditions. The line is fitted with an FC-332 automatic movement; it has a 38-hour power reserve that have proved to be robust and reliable. The dark grey or silver coloured dial is finely enhanced with Clou de Paris decoration. It features hours, minutes and seconds and has the 24-hour day displayed in the centre of the watch, with the hour hand making one complete revolution – 360°, in a day. This unambiguously represents a whole day at a time. Offered in polished stainless steel, the Classics Automatic 24H watch comes in one 43mm size.
How Frederique Constant have interpreted the two scales is rather unique. Rather than a day and night style or a classic GMT, with perhaps the second time zone in subdial, here it is front and centre. Another thing to consider is the case size at only 43mm. This means the movement is rather compact with the additional gears to work the 24-hour hand as well as keeping a decent power reserve. This aesthetic makes it both a dress watch and an everyday carry watch.
If you want a slightly more elaborate travel watch, you might want to consider the Classic Worldtimer Manufacture. What most watch fans would pay at least USD5000, Frederique Constant keeps it under that level. Again, it’s refined with much thought put into the watchmaking.