Make every moment count in 2022 by keeping time with one of the most sophisticated watches. The perpetual calendar not only displays date, day, month and moon phases, but also automatically adjusts to the number of days in the month and leap years.
This year, Frederique Constant adds a moody, deep blue-grey dial to its Highlife Perpetual Calendar, a fashionable colour inspired by the seas, skies and space; a reminder of the origins of timekeeping and our ongoing attempt to make sense of the world and universe.
Frederique Constant introduced the automatic caliber FC-775 to its sports-luxe Highlife line in 2020. Committed to making accessible luxury timepieces, the complex movement was unveiled in 2016 in the Slimline collection and was the manufacture’s first perpetual calendar developed and produced in-house since its inception in 1988.
Originally launched in 1999, the 41mm tonneau-shaped Highlife is reminiscent of the watches from the 1970s with their integrated steel bracelets. While we await confirmation of pricing, the original white-dialled, stainless steel perpetual calendar of 2020 was an attractive proposition at R149,995, as a practical everyday wearer with a 38-hour power reserve and water resistance to 50m.
The contrasting white typography and the mirror-polished, luminescent hour-markers and hands provide perfect legibility against the new blue-grey dial. The day is read at 9 o’clock, the months and leap years at noon, and the date at 3 o’clock. The moon phase completes the set at 6 o’clock.
As your mood changes with the tides, there’s an additional navy-blue rubber strap, which is easily swapped out with the brushed and polished steel bracelet. You can also admire the movement and its golden rotor through the open back case.
For about R2,500 more, Frederique Constant’s Analytics device measures the accuracy of your mechanical watch — something only a watchmaker could do previously — and it works with iOS and Android mobile phones.
Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar, POA. For more information visit frederiqueconstant.com or call Picot & Moss 011 669 0500.