Frederique Constant is a Swiss watchmaker with just over three decades of life, the Highlife collection that we see today being (re) launched was born in the late 90s and comparing the look of these new models with the old ones we can recognize some similarities, but one in particular and that stands out the integrated bracelet. It is currently fashionable to wear watches with an integrated bracelet and let’s be honest, people like it and it’s cool I like it too, I’m not sure where this trend was born if inspired by the usual suspects (Royal Oak, Nautilus …) or just because they are versatile and look good in any situation.
Frederique Constant is known for producing beautiful watches with very good quality and at very reasonable prices, and unfortunately not always properly recognized by the public, so bringing these new releases the brand adds something new to its own collection and adds an affordable alternative to the market.
What can we say about this collection? There are three different models and they all have at least three variants. All the three models share some characteristics, to start the obvious, an integrated bracelet that we mentioned above, a 41 mm stainless steel case, a globe world designed on the dial that aims to transmit responsibility and sustainability to its future holders, applied hour indexes and hands with luminescence and an extra rubber strap with a smart system interchangeable strap.
The first model in the Highlife collection is the Automatic COSC, with a clean dial, a date window at 3 o’clock and COSC certified. This model comes with four variants, two with an integrated bracelet, one in stainless steel with a navy blue dial and the other in stainless steel and rose gold-plated with a silver dial; and two other variants with a calf leather strap, one in stainless steel with a silver dial and black calf leather strap and the other in stainless steel and rose gold-plated with a black dial and brown calf leather strap.
The second model in the collection is the Heart Beat, with a frame positioned at 12 o’clock that allows seeing the inner workings of its movement, a feature inherited from the 1999 model. This model is available in 3 variants; two with an integrated bracelet, in the stainless steel with a navy blue or black dial; and another in stainless steel and rose gold-plated with a silver dial and brown calf leather strap.
The third and final model of this launch is the Perpetual Calendar Manufacture. It is the most complex of the three models with an In-house movement and with some complications like a perpetual calendar distributed by three sub-dials and a moon phase window positioned at 6 o’clock. We can find this model in three variants, two with an integrated bracelet, one in stainless steel with a navy blue dial and the other in stainless steel and rose gold-plated with a silver dial; and a last one in stainless steel with a silver dial and black calf leather strap.
Final thoughts, it is another incredible launch of old models and old glories that we have seen in many brands this year, with an acceptable size (I would like to see it in 39 or 40 mm) and an incredible alternative for those looking for a quality watch with an integrated bracelet, with a beautiful look and for an unbeatable price (from € 1,795).
Brand: Frederique Constant
Model: Highlife Automatic COSC, Highlife Heart Beat, Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture
Reference: FC-303V4NH2B, FC-303B4NH4, FC-303N4NH6B, FC-303S4NH6, FC-310V4NH4, FC-310N4NH6B, FC-310B4NH6B, FC-775V4NH2B, FC-775N4NH6B, FC-775S4NH6
Dial: Silver, navy blue, black
Case Material: Stainless steel, stainless steel & rose gold-plated
Case Dimensions: 41 mm diameter, 12.65 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Caliber: FC-303, FC-310, Fc-775
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, perpetual calendar, moon phase
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Chronometer Certified: COSC certified (Highlife Automatic COSC)
Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Strap: Integrated bracelet, calf leather strap, rubber strap
Price: FC-303V4NH2B: € 1,995; FC-303B4NH4: € 1,995; FC-303N4NH6B: € 1,795; FC-303S4NH6: € 1,695; FC-310V4NH4: € 1,995; FC-310N4NH6B: € 1,895; FC-310B4NH6B: € 1,895; FC-775V4NH2B: € 8,795; FC-775N4NH6B: € 8,595; FC-775S4NH6: € 8,495