Frédérique Constant, a brand that has only been around since 1988, has quickly gained a reputation for offering some of the most affordable in-house mechanical movement equipped Swiss watches on the market. And this year at Baselworld, they added another watch to the list: the Frédérique Constant Slim Line Moonphase Manufacture.
The Slim Line Moonphase comes in a fully polished 42 mm stainless steel case. It is “slim” at 11.3 mm in thickness, and wears nice on the wrist, but it should not be confused with an “thin” or “ultra-thin” watch, which is typically under 10 mm thick.
The dial, which is slightly domed, has a clean look with polished applied steel hour markers and polished hour and minute hands. At 6 o’clock is a sub-dial which indicates the date and moonphase. A domed sapphire crystal protects the dial.
Inside is the manufacture made caliber FC-705 automatic movement. It runs at 3Hz, has 26 jewels and a power reserve of 42-hours. It has been very nicely decorated with perlage, Geneva stripes, and has blued screws and a gold plated skeletonized oscillating weight — all viewable through the sapphire case back.
The Slim Line Moonphase comes in five variations: steel case with silver dial, rose gold plated steel case with silver dial, 18K rose gold case with silver dial, 18K rose gold case with chocolate dial, steel case with navy dial.
To offer such a tastefully designed watch, equipped with a highly decorated in-house (non-ETA) movement for $3,550 — is a tremendous value.
Ref. FC-705S4S6 (steel case with silver dial – black strap), FC-705V4S4 (rose gold plated steel case with silver dial – brown strap), FC-705V4S9 (18K rose gold case with silver dial – brown strap), FC-705N4S6 (steel case with navy dial – blue strap w/contrast stitching), FC-705C4S9 (18K rose gold case with chocolate dial – brown strap)