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9. September 2021


For more than thirty years, Frédérique Constant has been opening up new dimensions and introducing innovations with its watchmaking expertise. As a Manufacture where all components are produced in-house, the brand has developed 30 Manufacture calibres that enhance its aesthetic signature.

In just a few months, the Highlife from Frederique Constant has established itself as the collection to beat. The two special series of the Highlife Automatic Skeleton are limited to 888 pieces each. The skilfully crafted skeletonization reveals its most important lines, allowing the intimacy of the Swiss-made FC-310 movement to be admired underneath. Finely chiselled in the centre of the dial, it reveals one of the aesthetic signatures of the collection. With the Highlife Automatic Skeleton, it is now possible to travel to the centre of the earth.

The craftsmanship of skeletonising represents both a technical and aesthetic challenge. Technically, because the calibre is finished using tiny openings that are as numerous as they are delicate, and entirely without sharp edges to preserve the round, harmonious shape of the earth.

Aesthetic, as skeletonising is a rare watchmaking technique that traditionally does not only apply to the dial, let alone its centre. A stylistic boldness that Frédérique Constant has mastered to perfection: more than 25 years ago, the Manufacture created the iconic Heart Beat collection based on the same principle of aesthetic ingenuity. Now Frédérique Constant is reinterpreting it in a bold, completely unprecedented new way. And in doing so, is securing a lead for the next quarter of a century.

The new Highlife Automatic Skeleton continues this tradition. The highly original cut-out of the earth in the centre of the watch reveals the beating heart of the movement: the balance wheel at 12 o’clock, the mainspring barrel between 5 and 6 o’clock, and the winding stem, which can be seen at 3 o’clock. The openworked base allows the essentials to be recognised without revealing the whole.

In a complex interplay of shadow and light, hidden and exposed sides, the Highlife Automatic Skeleton brings to life a modern vision of skeletonization and mechanical watchmaking. For those who are particularly interested in the inner workings of the watch, rest assured: its open case back allows the watch to fully display its mechanical intimacy and finishes, to which the Geneva-based Manufacture attaches particular importance.

The first series picks up on the colour duo that is characteristic of the Highlife collection: stainless steel case and bracelet, blue dial. The watch comes with a second interchangeable strap in navy blue rubber, which emphasises its sporty character.

The second variation is a real first: a stainless steel edition with a PVD coating in anthracite grey titanium – which also comes with a strap of the same composition and a second strap in rubber of the same colour. Inside the 41 mm case, in the heart of which beats an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve, the Highlife Automatic Skeleton reveals a masterfully crafted, mysterious and modern face that is already setting the course for its future.

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Stefan Oberleitner



mit abgeschlossener Ausbildung im Uhrmacherhandwerk für unser Patek Philippe-Team