Fast & Furious
Frederique Constant is well known for precision timepieces, therefore it is not a surprise with the debut of the Limited Edition Slimline Monolithic Manufacture Watch with Silicon Oscillator Balance, a technological brilliance in the field of horological precision. This timepiece beats at a pace of 288,000 vibrations per hour, or 40 Hz, which truly redefines the principles of watch regulation known today. Beating ten times faster than most mechanical movements on the market it reflects the innovative design of the brand, and technical expertise that created the heart of this beauty. Crafting this timepiece so that this beast fits inside a traditional configuration is remarkable. Not wanting to sacrifice a price that remains affordable and luxurious, the brand has certainly stepped up their game in this release. Transforming centuries of watchmaking to a new normal, the traditional concepts are now being reborn.
Turning Dreams to Reality
The idea for this timepiece was derived around three years ago when the former CEO of the brand had a meeting with Dr. Nima Tolou, the founder and CEO of Flexous. After that meeting the brand commissioned the Flexous team to produce a unique and flexible oscillating system that reflected a comparable size to the traditional balance, the highest possible frequency, at least an 80 hour power reserve and still be cost effective to produce in significant quantities. While a challenge, it certainly didn’t deter Flexous, and Frederique Constant always loves a challenge.
What did this revolution mean to the brand? It means that with the debut of the Limited Edition Slimline Monolithic Manufacture Watch with Silicon Oscillator Balance, that Frederique Constant replaced the 26 components of a standard balance with a single component fitted with two regulation weights. So this new design brought the new size of the oscillator to 9.8mm diameter and 0.3mm thickness, which reduced and matched this to a conventional regulator. There are other factors that played in the overall development, but to say it is exceptional is an understatement.
Power with Precision
The monocrystalline silicon that was used to create the oscillator is a material that eliminates most of the key weaknesses for traditional balances. The material is 100% anti-magnetic, less sensitive to gravity and resilient to oscillations in temperature, as well as four times lighter than regular assortments. That absence of mechanical coupling results in lower generation of friction translating to less wear and tear on the parts. In addition silicon does not require lubrication and leads to long-term reliability for the escapement. This magnificent regulator required a new base movement to handle the speed, therefore the automatic calibre FC-810 was created. The Frederique Constant Limited Edition Slimline Monolithic Manufacture Watch with Silicon Oscillator Balance was presented in a 40mm round case, elegant, and classic, a dial that features guilloche pattern, printed Roman numerals paired with Breguet style hands and revealing the pulsating oscillator in an aperture at 6 o’clock. The reverse side showcases the FC-810 and openwork to exhibit the beauty. Presented in Stainless steel limited edition of 810 pieces with a silver dial, and also 810 in Stainless steel with a blue dial and simple straps that correspond, in addition the beautiful rose gold that is paired with a deep tobacco brown strap to finish a brilliant new timepiece.