Frédérique Constant unveils a new version of its Worldtimer collection as a teaser for what’s to come at Baselworld 2017. The least we can say about this new piece is that you have to like brown watches, even though it is an impressive piece featuring a classical complication for travellers and globe-trotters alike.
New Worldtimer : 50 shades of brown
The factory based in Plan-les-Ouates expands its range of world-time watches. Started in 2012, the Worldtimer collection welcomes a new piece in all shades of brown. The back of the dial is in a rather dark brown which makes the lighter 3D world map stand out. The hour markers, cities and Arabic numerals provide a balancing lighter touch thanks to their cream colour.
The pink gold-plated stainless steel case fits nicely with the warm tones of brown. Some might argue that this piece only available in plated steel, but when looking at the price range and considering that the watch offers a true worldtimer using an in-house movement, we’re inclined to say that the value offered is rather interesting.
Easy to set up while featuring a lot of information
The watch displays hours, minutes and seconds on the central axis as well as a date window at 6 o’clock. The latter, while being practical, gets in the way of reading the time and cities on the bottom of the dial. The world-time is displayed using two rotating discs. The inner one shows the 24 hours with day-night indication and the outer one shows 24 major cities of the world, one for each time zone.
What’s really interesting about this piece is how easy it is to set up. The whole worldtimer function is controlled by the crown and the crown only, no push buttons. You just have to set the city you’re in at 12 o’clock, set the time and the two discs will take care of the rest automatically to show the local time in the rest of the world. And the whole thing is run by an in-house automatic movement, the FC-718 caliber, with 42 hours power reserve and 4Hz frequency. What more could we ask for ?
Frédérique Constant’s Worldtimer provides a great complication at a great price. Available for 3,550 euros it’s a nice and less expensive alternative to models from Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, Girard-Perregaux or Vacheron Constantin.