Frederique Constant has now introduced two new models in the Classics Automatic GMT – two dress watches in polished steel and rose gold PVD with prices starting at $1,695. It may be recalled that the brand introduced the Classsics Index Automatic GMT range two years ago and these two models are derived from those 2015 models.
The Geneva-based watch company has done more to make high complications accessible to all enthusiasts than any other brand. Last year at Baselword, it unveiled a Perpetual Calendar under $8,000 and followed it up this year with a stylish flyback chronograph for under $5,000. What’s been creditable about both these releases was the fact that the movements were all developed in-house.
Now a GMT doesn’t qualify as a high complication but it remains one of the most useful functions on a watch in the modern age. In addition the main hour hand, GMT watches have a second hand that completes a full rotation in 24 hours to provide alternate time zone references. The watches are aimed at business or frequent travelers who need to keep track of time in two places at the same moment.
The Classics Automatic GMT is dressy watch aimed at the travelling executive, the watch is presented in a 42 mm case in either stainless steel or rose gold PVD. It is fitted with a convex sapphire crystal and has a sapphire crystal caseback and is water resistant up to 5 ATM.
The elegant silver-colored dial features a guilloché decoration. The Roman index numerals, logo and all other markings are printed on the dial. Breguet-style hands are used to indicate local time and a dedicated GMT hand with a striking red triangle points to the hour marker shown on the 24 hour scale. The date window sits at 3 o’ clock. The watch is paired with either a dark brown or black leather strap.
This watch is powered by Caliber FC-350, a 26-jewel automatic movement with 38 hours power reserve and a GMT module. The stainless steel version (Ref. FC-350MC5B4) is priced at $1,695 (AED6,226) and the rose gold PVD version (Ref. FC-350MC5B6) is priced at $1,895 (AED6,960).
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