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Frederique Constant’s Newest Star

The Geneva firm debuts the Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture

There’s nothing quite like a moon-phase complication. The display is such a visual—often quite artistic—representation of the inner workings of a watch meant to expand the traditional perception of time. And the new Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture from Frederique Constant, a ladies watch, has the added benefit of being designed by a woman: Aletta Stas, co-founder of Frederique Constant. Thus, this watch, debuting globally today, offers all the watchmaking artisanship we’ve come to expect from Frederique Constant, with a tastefully feminine appearance that bridges the gap between jewelry and timekeeper.

Stas, author and entrepreneur, is one of the notable women in watchmaking, having founded the Geneva-based Frederique Constant with Peter Stas, her husband, in 1988. Her eye for design is practiced and on target, and in this case she has chosen to update the firm’s existing Manufacture Slimline Moonphase with an elegant interplay of gemstones and steel or rose gold-plated steel to create a night-sky tableau. Instead of the moonphase at 6 o’clock as is seen on that earlier model, here you find it well above the horizon amid the stars.

The 38.8mm case of the Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture features sixty diamonds (totaling 0.5 carats) on the bezel, and the see-through caseback reveals the FC-701 automatic movement decorated with perlage and Côtes de Genève. This in-house movement, like others in the FC-7XX series, uses the watch’s crown to regulate its functions, making adjustments quite streamlined. Its functions here include hours, minutes and moonphase, with 42 hours of power reserve.

The dial, in sunray navy blue or shiny black, is the perfect backdrop for the moon-phase indication at 12 o’clock, whose celestial décor seemingly spills onto the dial. Diamond indexes and rose gold- or silver-colored printed stars further add to the vision. The watch comes on a leather strap with a folding buckle. Price: $4,395 (steel) and $4,695 (gold-plate).

iW Rating

*Design: 8 (out of 10)
Lovely dial with impressive moon phase.

*Innovation: 8
An in-house caliber powers this moon phase indication.

Nice case polish.

Legibility: 8
The large moon phase display is easy to read.

Rarity: 6
No limitation.

Value: 9
Use of plating keeps the gold model affordable.

iW rating: 46 out of 60

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