A day for pruning the million open tabs I have (news backlog) and email press releases.
Making some small progress, but wanted to end tonight – Australian time – with the rather nice Frederique Constant Heart Beat Manufacture GMT Automatic.
Press release after the picture ..
[Press Release] Frédérique Constant Genève is proud to introduce its new Heart Beat Manufacture GMT Automatic. In the continuing tradition and legacy of the Heart Beat Collection, the new Heart Beat Manufacture GMT Automatic is an expression of watch making at its best. Integrating ingenious craftsmanship and know-how of prestigious Swiss watch making.
The new collection comprises of six models. Each model is a limited edition of 1,888 pieces for the stainless steel versions and 188 pieces for the 18K gold versions, all delivered in a luxurious wooden gift box. The calibre ticking inside each Heart Beat Manufacture GMT (cal FC-938) has a new second time zone functionality, a 42-hour power reserve, a diameter of 30.50mm, sports 27 jewels, KIF anti-shock system, Glucydur balance and a Nivarox balance spring. Bridges of the movement are decorated with Côtes de Genève and perlage, and have anglage and rhodiage finishing. Each dial has a second time zone counter and day/night indicator at 12 o’clock position, Heart Beat aperture at 6 o’clock position, and black oxidized hands. Its practical design lends itself to adjust the time zones through the crown, preventing the usage of a separate pusher. Turn the crown clockwise, to set both time zones, turn the crown counter-clockwise, and only the central hands will move.
The history of Frédérique Constant’s Heart Beat Collection dates back to 1994. The purpose of the Heart Beat was to distinguish mechanical Frédérique Constant watches from their battery-operated counterparts. The watches have a dial aperture at the position of the balance wheel to show that the movement inside is mechanical. The balance wheel beats 28,800 times per hour. The balance wheel rotates clockwise and counter clockwise on its axis in a large ruby jewel. Its rotation is controlled by the hairspring, which constantly coils and uncoils, and is visible through the open eye of the Heart Beat. In 2004, Frederique Constant entered in to the elite circle of Swiss watch brands that develop and produce their movements in-house. To this day, no other Swiss, classical watch brand in the Accessible Luxury-segment has achieved a similar development of producing its own movement.
Frédérique Constant continues to push the boundaries of watch making further. Through its in-house movements the brand displays an exceptional level of sophistication and a drive to innovate in the field of technical know-how and movement production.