Splendid collections from Frederique Constant and Alpina launched at Watches & Wonders 2024

Frédérique Constant and Alpina wow the gallery at Watches et Wonders 2024 with the launch of new collections. Here are some of our favorites.

Classic Moonphase Date Manufacture: now with a new design and a new movement

Frederique Constant’s flagship Classic Moonphase Date Manufacture is restrained, elegant and contemporary, staying true to its traditional DNA even as the collection expands to include three new 40-millimetre variations endowed with the new Classic steel case, accompanied by a silver, blue or green dial. Designed for everyday wear – and for all lovers of Geneva’s watchmaking heritage – the timepiece features a new, uncluttered sunburst dial, sporting delicate hands powered by a new FC-716 movement. Developed in-house, the latter boasts a 72-hour power reserve. The Classic Moonphase Date Manufacture is so reliable that its performance is now guaranteed for five years. This rare, refined, sophisticated and accurate piece is highly reliable, based on a 4hz movement originally developed by Frederique Constant almost ten years ago now.

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The three new models come with both a style makeover and more significantly, new technical features made possible by the new FC-716 Manufacture calibre. This has been fitted with a brand-new barrel providing a three-day power reserve – 72 hours in all. This carefully thought-out decision by the Maison means the watch is better able to withstand day-to-day challenges, returning swiftly to regular oscillations after any disturbance.

The watch sports new decorations, including a fan-shaped Cotes de Genève finish that replaces the previous circular motif. The finishings can be admired through the see-through caseback of the piece, which is water resistant to 50 metres. Another new feature is that this trio of Classic Moonphase Date Manufacture watches all come with a five-year warranty.

The heavens on your wrist

It’s been said that ‘watchmaking is the daughter of astronomy’, and these three pieces, all housed in a 40-millimetre case, are perfect illustrations of that assertion: both those foundations of horology are evident on their minimalistic dials. The watchmaking aspect is embodied by the three redesigned steel-coloured central hands; the hours and minutes hands are now diamond-cut, as are the hour markers. The hand-polished hands glide above a fine sunburst dial, available in three different colours reflecting three quite different personalities: bright, radiant silver grey; deep, contemporary midnight blue; and a bold and unusual British racing green. The pieces feature a ‘railtrack’ minute circle and an onion-shaped crown at three o’clock. The first two come on an alligator strap with navy blue overstitching, while the third has a green alligator strap to match the dial.

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As to astronomy, a single window at six o’clock brings together two complications in one display, the moonphase and the date. The two are closely interrelated: the moon completes one cycle of phases across its star-studded background in precisely 29.5 days. The date is indicated by a central hand that travels around a peripheral scale graduated from 1 to 31.

Classic Date Manufacture: Three new steel versions and a brand new Manufacture movement

It’s definitely still a Classic, but with some major new features: the Classic Date Manufacture now sports the new FC-706 Manufacture calibre with a 72-hour power reserve and a five-year warranty. The steel case has been resized to a slightly smaller 40 millimetres, a classy and classic diameter housing a new dial free from figures. Slim hour markers and a ‘railtrack’ minute circle encompass a sunburst dial finished in silver, black or salmon.

There’s the form, and then there’s the substance: while the three new incarnations of the Classic Date Manufacture remain true to the canons of authentic, traditional Fine Watchmaking, they do so by adopting a different stylistic and technical approach to that of their predecessors.

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The ethos of the new models is all about refinement, starting with a considerably slimmed-down case diameter of 40mm instead of the previous 42mm. This evolution is in line with the current expectation of lovers of Fine Watchmaking – and also reflects the dimensions of most of the timepieces released over the past fifty years that have gone on to become timeless icons.

A 72-hour power reserve

Each of the three timepieces benefits from a major movement upgrade. The legacy calibres and their 38-hour power reserve have been replaced by the new FC-706 Manufacture movement with a power reserve of 72 hours – equivalent to three whole days.

A new finish has been applied to the bridges, thoroughly redesigned to house the new larger-capacity barrel. The new decorations include beading and a fan-shaped Cotes de Genève finish replacing the previous circular motif. To top it all, the Classic Date Manufacture now comes with a five-year warranty.

The central hour and minute hands are now diamond-cut; they and the central seconds hand are hand-polished, redone in the Alpha style to match the profile of the hour markers. The complete absence of Roman or Arabic numerals makes telling the time more intuitive. A new ‘railtrack’ minute circle bears witness to the accuracy of the hours and minutes indications, while an onion-type crown sits at 3 o’clock. 

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The first variation comes on a chocolate-brown alligator strap, with a salmon dial and silver hour markers and hands. The date and minute indications are black to ensure optimum readability. The same logic applies to the second option, with a silver sunburst dial on a navy blue alligator strap. The third model adopts a more contemporary contrast with a silver case, hands and hour markers and an all-black sunburst dial borne atop a matching alligator strap.

LIVE YOUR PASSION!

Founded in 1988, Frederique Constant is a Swiss watchmaking manufacture based in Geneva. Having celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2023, the brand continues to showcase its ever-advancing watchmaking expertise as it pursues its aim: providing Swiss Made luxury watches at accessible prices.

 www.frederique-constant.com

ALPINA À WATCHES & WONDERS 2024

Renowned for its subtle blend of traditional watchmaking and contemporary innovation, Alpina establishes itself as a true pillar of the Swiss watch industry. At Watches & Wonders, the brand unveils a captivating range of watches, each the result of meticulous craftsmanship and an unwavering commitment to quality and precision.

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Seastrong Diver Extreme Automatic: blending Earth and Sea in Extreme fashion

There are gradual changes, and there are breakthroughs. The new Seastrong Diver Extreme Automatic belongs firmly in the second category, with Alpina harnessing the power of its Extreme case to grace its Seastrong collection for the first time. Alpine and maritime adventures are now blended together in an innovative, powerful and distinctive piece housed in a 39 x 40.40mm steel case. One variation sporting an anthracite dial features an integrated steel bracelet borrowed from the Extreme line, first unveiled in 2023. The other two sporty, dynamic alternatives come with a navy blue dial on a rubber strap in the same hue or with an orange flange and a similarly matching rubber strap. Each timepiece is a certified three-hands-and-date dive watch, water resistant to 300m.

In an achievement akin to the successful negotiation of obstacles in outdoor sports, Alpina has completed a technical and stylistic challenge, adapting its iconic Extreme case to its Seastrong Diver line of dive watches. It’s a bold decision in the world of watchmaking, where most manufacturers prefer to keep their ranges and models strictly separate; as such it illustrates the significance of Alpina’s compact and assertive cushion format. Henceforth, the latter’s success reflects not only that of the Extreme line, but also that of the Maison as a whole.

The result is quite simply compelling. The smaller, unisex version of the case (39 x 40.40mm) fits seamlessly into the Seastrong collection, with Earth and Sea coming together here as naturally as an ocean wave meets the coastline. While the Seastrong Diver Extreme Automatic retains a decidedly sporty style, its more restrained dimensions mean it’s ideal for more urban, everyday wear beneath a shirt or jacket, too.

The new Seastrong Diver Extreme Automatic is now available in three variations, all of them reflecting the technical and style codes that define the collection’s DNA.

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Genuine certified dive watches

Three central hand-polished hands sit at the heart of a dial textured with Alpina’s iconic triangular emblem, punctuated by a date window at six o’clock. For maximum readability – and in full compliance with the ISO 6425 standard used to certify dive watches – both the hours and minutes hands and the hour markers have been coated with luminous material. The date window features black figures on a white background.

To guarantee certified water resistance to 300 metres, the caseback (engraved with the Seastrong logo) is of the screw-down type, as is the knurled crown at three o’clock. In addition to this all-round protection, the automatic AL-525 movement boasts a power reserve of 38 hours.

Three new models

The first of these watches comes in shades of grey and is the only one to be fitted with an integrated steel bracelet, especially developed for the Extreme case and making its appearance in the Seastrong universe here for the first time.  The dial is anthracite grey, while the bezel is black.

The other two sportier, more dynamic versions come with a textured rubber strap equipped with its own deployment clasp, this one protected by a push button release. The first of these two variations is done out in navy blue with a matching dial and crown grip. The second has a black dial offset by a bright orange flange and matching rubber strap.

THE ORIGINAL SPORTS WATCH SINCE 1883

Since its origins, Alpina’s mission has been to design luxury sports watches delivering exceptional accuracy and reliability in extreme environments.

www.alpinawatches.com

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