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September 20, 2013

New FC Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture Range

By Chris Boyle

In 2012, Swiss watchmaker Frédérique Constant launched a range of limited edition timepieces so visually stunning and so technologically advanced, they became a worldwide sensation among watch fanatics.

This year, due to the unprecedented popularity of the Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture, the brand are expanding the range to include six models in total.

Each model in the range will be individually numbered and offered in a strictly limited edition of 188 pieces – so owners can be assured their watch will be as exclusive and unique as it is incredibly elegant, sophisticated, stylish and timeless in appearance.

Innovation and technical superiority at the heart of every Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture

Every model in the new Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture range is driven by the FC-980 Manufacture automatic caliber, which has been completely developed in-house at Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva. The technological genius behind this movement, which in itself is made up of more than 200 individual parts, is further enhanced by the addition of a silicium escapement wheel and anchor, providing reliability and accuracy no one thought possible in a mechanical watch.

The FC-980 movement also employs the unique, patented Frédérique Constant Smart Weight Balancing System; even the cage surrounding the Tourbillon is individually numbered.

The silicium escapement wheel and anchor is a revolutionary development, pioneered in-house by Frédérique Constant’s dedicated designers and perfected by our team of engineers. Not only does silicium provide unfailingly accurate timekeeping, but it is also a substance which is not susceptible to the same wear and tear as the materials traditionally used in watch movements; nor is it affected by elements such as excessive heat and humidity.

This means Frédérique Constan has been able to dramatically extend the service interval for the Slimline Tourbillon Manufacture, providing even greater assurance that your watch will continue to offer exceptional and trouble-free service for years to come.

Other features shared by each of the new models include the beautiful Perlage and Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement itself, as well as the 33 jewels and an unrivalled 48-hour power reserve.

The movement’s bridges are rhodium plated, and the screws are blue due to being tempered at extremely high heat. The highly hand-polished, three-part cases are an impressive 43mm in diameter; the case, however, is a mere 0.12cm deep, truly befitting the “Slimline” name. Dials are protected by a convex sapphire crystal, and the see-through case back also gives owners an amazing view of the Slimline Tourbillon’s “beating heart”.

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As well as the hand-polished hour and minute hands, there’s also a day and night indicator, and all models feature a 60-second tourbillon, in which the seconds hand is actually an integral part of the rotating tourbillon cage, which sits between the 6 o’clock position and the center of the dial.

The only thing that may surprise and delight you, more than the movie-star good looks, is how reasonably priced these timepieces are: retail prices range from $37,995 – $50,995.

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