Two new steel versions of Frederique Constant’s anniversary tourbillon

Two new steel versions of Frederique Constant’s anniversary tourbillon

Following the success of an initial limited anniversary edition in rose gold unveiled at Geneva’s Watches and Wonders show, Frederique Constant is now offering collectors two all-new variations of its Manufacture Tourbillon in a 39-millimetre steel case with a blue or silver-coloured dial. The contemporary look is a perfect complement to the classic design – and sits perfectly alongside the original rose gold version. Each of the two timepieces will be available in a limited edition of 350, with the visible tourbillon at 6 o’clock revealing all the Geneva-based firm’s watchmaking knowhow.

Not only is 2023 Frederique Constant’s 35th anniversary, it’s also the fifteenth anniversary of the brand’s first Manufacture tourbillon movement, released in 2008 – and celebrating two anniversaries calls for two creations.

After a first rose gold version (of which just 150 were made) presented at the Geneva Watches and Wonders show which ran from 27 March to 2 April, Frederique Constant is therefore continuing its 35th anniversary celebrations with two new editions of its Classic Tourbillon Manufacture in steel, with 350 of each version being made. 

These two new variations are a further embodiment of Frederique Constant’s original recipe for success: providing Swiss Made luxury watches at affordable prices. The steel version of the Classic Tourbillon Manufacture is one of the most attractive offerings on the market right now when it comes to presenting a watchmaking complication in a classic design.

Two alternatives with a modern ethos

The two pieces unveiled today offer variations in blue and silver, giving them a highly contemporary aspect. The first features a sun-brushed midnight blue dial in a fully-polished steel case mounted on a matte blue alligator strap.

The second strikes a different tone with a sun-brushed silver-coloured dial atop the same strap. The individual number of each piece is marked on the tourbillon cage and engraved on the caseback, through which discerning collectors can admire the finishings on the FC-980 Manufacture movement – bevelling, beading, circular graining, straight-grained flanks and mirror polishing, all applied in the finest Swiss tradition.

A new diameter

The two models share the same DNA, paying tribute to the noblest of watchmaking traditions – not least in their restrained diameter of 39 millimetres. This size has long been the collectors’ favourite, especially for classic Fine Watchmaking timepieces such as tourbillons. It’s also a very contemporary diameter, perfect on both men’s and women’s wrists, to which the Manufacture has returned after previously using a diameter of 42 millimetres for the model.
Minimalist, contemporary decoration has been adopted for the dial and its slim hour markers, they are diamond cut and applied by hand. The same technique has been used for the hands, resulting in a hand polished finish. Below the brand’s understated ‘Frederique Constant – Genève’ signature at 12 o’clock, an opening at 6 o’clock reveals the exquisite highlight of the timepiece: the tourbillon.

The tourbillon: an age-old complication for today

First devised in the late eighteenth century and patented in 1801, the tourbillon is designed to offset the effects of gravity on the watch movement by keeping the escapement in constant motion to preserve an ideal running rate. This meticulous procedure keeps timepieces more accurate; the accuracy of the Classic Tourbillon Manufacture is guaranteed for thirty-eight hours.

Frederique Constant has not simply copied a 220-year-old complication, though. Fifteen years ago, the Manufacture added a silicon escapement wheel and anchor. As a result, owners benefit from a movement that is more resistant to the adverse effects of magnetism and temperature variations – and thus even more precise, true to the tourbillon’s original vocation.

For the finishing touch in terms of precision, a central seconds hand complete with a stop seconds function glides over the tourbillon. The complication itself is visible through a window at 6 o’clock that offers an unparalleled and exhaustive view of the sophisticated escapement – with an additional perspective on its inner workings available from the reverse of the watch through a sapphire crystal.

The power of youth and its future prospects

While celebrating the past is all well and good, at age 35 Frederique Constant is still a young Manufacture with virtually boundless potential; and so it is that in addition to its main collections, the aim of which is to provide carefully crafted yet affordable watches, the firm has gradually extended its range to include more select timepieces destined for experienced collectors – and the tourbillon is without any doubt one of their most prized complications. As it looks to the future, Frederique Constant is thus seeking to provide ever more sophisticated watchmaking, featuring increasingly delicate aesthetics and constantly revised and enhanced finishes.

About Frederique Constant


Founded in 1988, Frederique Constant is a Swiss watchmaking manufacture based in Geneva. In 2023, as it celebrates its 35th anniversary, the Firm continues to showcase its constantly advancing watchmaking expertise as it pursues its aim: providing Swiss Made luxury watches at fair prices. Through the decades, Frederique Constant has been characterised by creativity and inventiveness – and even more so by mechanical ingenuity and pragmatism.

Born out of the shared passion of an independent entrepreneurial couple, Aletta and Peter Stas, Frederique Constant has written its own rules, blazing a trail into territory where none had dared venture before. Today the brand can proudly offer a range of quartz and mechanical models – and most importantly, a collection of 30 calibers designed, developed and assembled in its own Manufacture at Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva. These movements include Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar and Flyback Chronograph complications, along with the Monolithic, a type of escapement never before seen in watchmaking made out of a single piece of silicon, beating at a rate of 40Hz. 

The Firm presently has close to 3,000 points of sale in 120 countries. To pursue its international expansion and develop new synergies, since 2016 the Frederique Constant Group (Frederique Constant, Alpina Watches, Ateliers deMonaco) has been part of the Japanese group Citizen.