Frederique Constant has updated its talismanic Heart Beat range with two new models featuring a refreshed dial, still displaying the emblematic Roman numerals, and the recognizable aperture at 6 o’clock. The manufacturing process of the Heart Beat Manufacture Automatic FC-930 movement has also been upgraded using newer techniques.
The first model (Ref: FC-930MS4H6) sports a silver dial with printed Roman numerals and guillochée details in the center. Geneva stripes appear on a section of the tear-shaped cutaway on the dial. It is encased in a 42mm stainless steel case and runs the updated FC-930-2 Heart Beat Manufacture movement that has a 4 Hz escapement. It is paired with a light brown alligator leather strap.
The second model (Ref: FC-941NS4H6) features a blue dial with printed Roman numerals and a guillochée pattern in the center. A “date by hand” subsidiary dial with a sun-ray finish sits at 12 o’ clock. It uses a 42mm stainless steel case and deploys the brand’s new automatic manufacture caliber, the FC-941. The see-through caseback affords views of a well decorated movement featuring the perlage and Geneva Stripes. The FC-941 is a 4 Hz movement and utilizes a silicon escapement.
The first Heartbeat timepiece was launched in 1994 and featured an aperture at the position of the balance wheel to allow owners a glimpse into the working of the mechanical movement. In 2004, the brand launched its first ever in-house movement, a Heart Beat Manufacture movement, the FC-910 with its iconic aperture in the dial and main plate at 6 o'clock position. Newer versions of the Heart Beat Manufacture included various complications, a silicon escapement wheel, and even an in-house Tourbillon. This year at Basel, the brand created quite a stir when it unveiled its first in-house perpetual calendar movement that would be fitted in to a watch that was priced at less than $10,000.