I get stumped when my clients ask me for a nice dress watch under 3k that’s in house. Sure, there are some amazing affordable watches that make quality and design come together but the styling is more utilitarian and less dressy. Frederique Constant is one of the rare entry level price point brands that offer a nice sophisticated dress watch that is well thought out and well made at a price you will love!
Frederique Constant released a NEW Classic Manufacture.This is the second generation model and it’s so much tighter and cleaner looking. Some felt the first generation looked like Breguet, but I felt it looked more like Raymond Weil. This second generation version has a similar dial layout to a Richard Lange. For some reason the case almost reminds me of Laurent Ferrier which are far more expensive! The only thing I feel doesn’t really go on this watch is the onion crown. It should have been mores subtle and refined. This crown belongs on a tool watch not a refined looking watch like this in my opinion, The rest is all good for the most part as far as I am concerned.!
This watch is available in silver and black dial options. The case is stainless steel, 42mm in case diameter which is a little large for those who like ladies size or vintage watches. To me 42 mm is the perfect size for an every day wearing sensibility. I love the jet black hands and roman numerals. They make the dial look cleaner and provide phenomenal contrast. The date is displaced at the six o’clock position in a subdial format and the numbers are Arabic numerals. I am NOT a fan of dates and to be honest, I don’t like how it crowds and cuts off part of Roman Numeral 5, all of Roman Numeral 6 and part of Roman Numeral 7. The date makes this very clean watch look out of balance.
The movement is the reliable and straight forward in house, self winding FC-710 calibre and has a 42 hour power reserve. This movement is displayed beautifully with a sapphire crystal back. The best part of this watch is the price point. At $2,495 it’s a great value watch that is styled and designed like watches that are far more expensive!