In 1904, Frederique Schreiner and Constant Stas produced and supplied watch dials for various watchmakers throughout Geneva. Almost a decade later in 1988, Aletta Bax and Peter Stas, direct descendants of the two, founded Frederique Constant, which has since evolved to become one of the world's foremost watchmakers. Not only does Frederique Constant produce luxury timepieces of exceptional quality, but has also received a prestigious award for its efforts.
Located in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, the company's manufacturing operation is renowned for its emphasis on quality control. Although not every watch is produced in-house, Frederique Constant is closely involved at every stage of production; from initial design to assembly of each piece. In 1994, Frederique Constant released the first version of its most celebrated collection, the Heart Beat.
Cutting Edge Design by Frederique Constant
The first iteration of the Heart Beat collection by Frederique Constant featured an aperture window in the dial of the watch. Not only did this key feature offer a unique slant into the complexity of the inner workings within and greatly enhance aesthetics, but was unparalleled in terms of design. Overtime, replicas of this single feature were produced by other watchmakers, as the Frederique Constant collection had not been patented.
Nevertheless, the popularity of the Heart Beat collection inspired Frederique Constant to manufacture many of their own parts, including movements, in-house. In 2004, the company launched the Heart Beat Manufacture. In essence, this collection was a version of their most admired timepiece, the Heart Beat, but with two distinct key features; the front side of the caliber features a bridge for the balance wheel, and the collection also contains an in-house movement. As such, and because construction was original, Frederique Constant were finally able to obtain a patent. Without doubt, the Heart Beat Manufacture was a resounding success for the company, not only receiving great acclaim across the industry, but Horloges Magazine's "Watch of the Year" Award. Following the success of the Heart Beat Manufacture, Frederique Constant launched the Moonphase and Date editions, also a manual winding piece, in 2005, closely followed by the highly successful automatic version in 2006.
Iconic Collections by Frederique Constant
Launched for the first time in 2009, the Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic collection has achieved iconic status. Notably, the Double Heart Beat and Love Heart Beat collection offer a distinctive and easily recognizable design which is exclusive to Frederique Constant. The Double Heart Beat collection features two, intertwined hearts at 12 O'clock, which display the intricate mechanics within. The Love Heart Beat Collection, on the other hand, features a single heart, whilst still offering the renowned, signature aperture in the dial. Without exception, each timepiece in the Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic Collection is ornately decorated, with beautiful diamond set, mother of pearl dials. These classical yet contemporary collections are available with straps made of satin or genuine alligator, in addition to metal bracelets. A number of watches within the Frederique Constant Ladies Collection are also offered with numerous straps, allowing the wearer to interchange straps as desired.
The Frederique Constant Art Deco Collection was inspired by the Iconic movement of the 1920's and 30's. Each piece in the collection, of which there are five, features the tonneau, or barrel shaped design so reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Opulent, aesthetically pleasing and highly appealing to the upscale collector, the Frederique Constant Art Deco Collection is offered with either quartz or mechanical automatic movements.
Launched in 2012, the limited edition Worldtimer collection by Frederique Constant, offers two distinctive and elaborate designs which feature in the center of the watch; the meticulously detailed world map, or the exquisitely engraved guilloché design. Each of these Frederique Constant limited edition models features a date counter at the 6 o'clock position, and a 24 city disc representing each of the world's 24 hour time zones displayed in the dial. This extraordinary collection by Frederique Constant also features a see through case for optimal viewing of the inner workings of the watch. In addition, the numerous functions, which include the worldtimer function, can be accessed by using the crown.
Highly Collectable Frederique Constant Watches at Realistic Prices
Over the last decade, Frederique Constant has emerged as one of Switzerland's most eminent watchmakers; producing iconic designs with breathtaking detail, signature apertures and intricate mechanics of the highest quality, which have demanded the attention of both the industry and the upscale collector. More than this however, the Frederique Constant brand has become synonymous with luxury and affordability, a rare combination, and one which sets the company apart from the rest. As such, collections by Frederique Constant are highly desirable to both collectors and enthusiasts, in addition to those who appreciate elegance, one off designs, and timeless sophistication.