Earlier this month, Frédérique Constant debuted an all-new timepiece collection with distinctive angular stainless steel cases directly integrated with the strap or bracelet.

The Highlife watch collection consists of three key models: the Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, Heart Beat, and Automatic COSC. Each comes in a variety of dials and with numerous strap and bracelet options. There are also two special RedBar limited editions, made in partnership with the well-known watch collector group.

The original Frederique Constant Highlife
The original Frederique Constant Highlife circa 1999

At launch, all Highlife models come in the same 41 mm diameter stainless steel case, with a fixed circular bezel and sharped angled lugs, with an integrated steel bracelet or strap, and a water-resistance rating of 50 meters. And each carries one of the brand’s affordably produced Swiss manufacture movements — decorated with Geneva stripes, perlage, blued screws, and a gold-plated automatic winding rotor — with a sapphire crystal caseback to view the mechanics.

Frederique Constant Highlife FC-775N4NH6B design photo
Frederique Constant Highlife design photo

While there are 12 references in total, including the RedBar editions, another unifying design element is the central hour and minute hands which are pencil-shaped with luminescent material coupled with applied luminous baton-shaped indices and a long baton-shaped center seconds hand. All models share the etched globe motif — “a decorative element intended to unify the collection and symbolize the Earth, harmony, and perfection of the circle,” according to the manufacturer.

Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC Ref. FC-303N4NHB6
Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC (Ref. FC-303N4NHB6)

What varies for each reference are the functions, the movement, the dial, and the available strap/bracelet combinations. Also, some references feature a gold-plated or two-tone case and bracelet. And, of course, the prices vary depending on the model. Otherwise, the collection is remarkably similar across the entire range, which means should you want to buy one, the decision can be largely narrowed down to price, functionality, and color.

Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture RedBar limited edition (Ref. FC-775RB4NH6B)
Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture RedBar limited edition (Ref. FC-775RB4NH6B)

Each piece comes with either an integrated leather strap or stainless steel bracelet and an extra rubber strap. The RedBar editions come with both an integrated leather strap and stainless steel bracelet. All straps and bracelets can be easily changed without a tool by simply squeezing the two-levers towards inwards on each end and removing it.

Frederique Constant-Highlife Heart Beat Ref. FC-310V4NH4 straps and bracelets
Frederique Constant-Highlife Heart Beat (Ref. FC-310V4NH4) straps and bracelets

There are ten regular production references and two Red Bar editions, limited to 100 pieces (three-hand model) and 10 pieces (perpetual calendar). Retail is $1,895 to $2,195 for the three-hand Automatic COSC versions, $1,995 to $2,195 for the three-hand Heart Beat models, and $9,095 to $9,495 for the Perpetual Calendar Manufacture pieces.

Frederique Constant Highlife (Ref. FC-775N4NH6B) caseback
Frederique Constant Highlife (Ref. FC-775N4NH6B) caseback

The Frédérique Constant Highlife collection is available now — or arriving soon — at authorized retailers worldwide.

Learn more at Frédérique Constant.

Jason Pitsch
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