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While international luxury houses today take pride in exclusivity, there are a few Swiss watchmaking maisons focused on accessible luxury. Frederique Constant, a relatively young watch brand, believes in this philosophy. Bringing a new complication to the table every year, off late they’ve focused their efforts on creating a longer lasting power reserve, which has led to the creation of the Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve. This 40-mm timepiece boasting a 50-hour power reserve has now made its India debut

Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve Series in rose gold casing

The Slimline comes in four dial and case variants – the Midnight Blue dial with stainless steel case (our pick), white dial with stainless steel case or rose gold case, and a grey dial with a stainless steel case. The dial features a power reserve indicator at 10 o’clock and a date indicator at 6 o’clock. Inside is Frederique Constant’s 28th movement, the FC-723. The timepiece is strapped on with alligator leather and features a deployment clasp.

The launch of the timepiece is in line with Frederique Constant’s plan to introduce a new complication every year. Last year in December, the watchmaker launched the Hybrid watch, and there was the Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon to mark its 30th anniversary, one of Frederique Constant’s most affordable luxury watches in terms of complication and price. Alongside the launches also came the unveiling of the Flyback, Calender Perpetual, and the World Timer.

The midnight blue dial and stainless steel case

“The objective behind creating the Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve was to expand the timepiece’s power reserve and introduce a marginally smaller case,” says William Besse, International Director of Sales, Frederique Constant, who was in the country for the launch. “The Slimline Power Reserve is actually one of three new movements and the 28th introduced by Frederique Constant. It was also their prime talking piece at Baselworld 2019. We’ve already introduced this movement in many luxury destinations across the world and today we’re dropping a pin on India as well.”

The watch has a 50-hour power reserve with an indicator at 10 o’clock

All the new launches fall in line with the brand’s 30-year philosophy to allow luxury to be enjoyed and stay accessible to a much larger group of people, and also expand the Frederique Constant line. In terms of their higher-end pieces, the brand will be introducing more movements and complications.

The new FC-723 movement by Frederique Constant

The Frederique Constant Slimline Series is priced at Rs 2,50,000 onwards, and will be available at all major boutiques across India.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.