After introducing a flyback chronograph at Baselworld 2017, Frédérique Constant builds on its Flyback Chronograph Manufacture collection with the launch of two new models including a “reverse panda” dial version.
What is a flyback, you ask? While the chronograph’s stop, reset and restart functions were originally controlled by pressing two push-pieces in sequence, in flyback mode a single press of the push-piece engages all three operations simultaneously. This complication is particularly useful when timing successive races or laps at sporting events.
The watch is available in two case choices – in stainless steel (Ref. FC-760NS4H6) and rose gold-plated steel (Ref. FC-760CHC4H4) . The case size is a modern 42 mm, the three part case has a mix of polished and brushed surfaces, an exhibition caseback and two push pieces for the chronograph function. The case is water-resistant to 50 meters and is topped by a box-shaped sapphire crystal.
The steel version has a navy blue dial with applied silver indexes, three silver registers and an outer perimeter ring in silver with a printed tachymeter scale. The rose gold version replaces the navy blue dial with chocolate brown and uses rose gold hour indexes. The three register and the perimeter ring are in silver. The tricompax dial features sub-dials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock for the 30-minute chronograph counter, hand-type date display, and small seconds indicator respectively.
The watch is powered by Caliber FC-760, whose flyback chronograph complication is inspired by models from the 1930s. It uses a bi-directional rotor and has a power reserve of 38 hours. It has a modular construction and is comprised of 233 components, only 96 of which are dedicated to the flyback module. The lesser the components of a movement, the easier it is produce and maintain.
This movement uses a unique star-shaped column wheel. What is a column wheel now? The column wheel governs the chronograph’s start, stop, and reset functions and rotates on bearings. Working in unison with the operating lever, which is controlled by the start/stop push-piece, the column wheel is responsible for the running of the chronograph.
Both watches are paired with alligator straps with deployment clasp stamped with the Frederique Constant logo. While the steel version is priced at €3,895, the rose gold version is at €4,195.