Two New Dial Variants For Frederique Constant Tourbillon

Frederique Constant has two new variations on its relatively cheap, Swiss manufactured Tourbillon, here’s the word;

“Frederique Constant is now offering collectors two all-new variations of its Manufacture Tourbillon in a 39-millimetre steel case with a blue or silver-coloured dial.

The contemporary look is a perfect complement to the classic design – and sits perfectly alongside the original rose gold version introduced earlier this year. Each of the two Classic Tourbillon Manufacture timepieces will be available in a limited edition of 350, with the visible tourbillon at 6 o’clock revealing all the Geneva-based firm’s watchmaking knowhow.”

“The two pieces unveiled offer variations in blue and silver, giving them a highly contemporary aspect. The first features a sun-brushed midnight blue dial in a fully-polished steel case mounted on a matte blue alligator strap. The individual number of each piece is marked on the tourbillon cage and engraved on the caseback, through which discerning collectors can admire the finishings on the FC-980 Manufacture movement – bevelling, beading, circular graining, straight-grained flanks and mirror polishing. ”

What we love is the blue dial version as the silver lacks a bit of visual punch. Although Fred Constant is owned by Citizen Group, this model does have the luxury vibe that a Swiss brand offers. It’s not that expensive at £12,750 compared to Swiss branded tourbillons – the TAG tourbillon range starts at £20,000 on the Watches of Switzerland site.

But maybe the Japanese ownership issue of FC matters? If so, we say check other Swiss tourbillon choices from JLC, Ulysse Nardin (40K) or Hublot (around 65-90K). Or you could sell your house and buy a Breguet at £161,000. Yep, the Fred Constant is beginning to look like a bargain tourbillon by comparison.

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