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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Frédérique Constant’s Heart Beat Manufacture GMT Automatic

Swiss watch brand Frédérique Constant has released the newest member of its Heart Beat collection, the Heart Beat Manufacture GMT Automatic.

The new collection comprises of six models, each available in a limited edition of 1,888 pieces for the stainless steel versions and 188 pieces for the 18k gold versions. The calibre (cal FC-938)  contains a new second time zone functionality and a 42-hour power reserve. Its 30.50mm diameter sports 27 jewels, a KIF anti-shock system, Glucydur balance and a Nivarox balance spring. Bridges of the movement are decorated with Côtes de Genève (a decoration of undulating lines, reminiscent of waves) and perlage, and have anglage and rhodium-plated finishing.

Each dial has a second time zone counter and day/night indicator at the 12 o’clock position, Heart Beat aperture at 6 o’clock position, and black oxidized hands. Its practical design lends itself to adjust the time zones through the crown, preventing the usage of a separate pusher. Turn the crown clockwise, to set both time zones, turn the crown counter-clockwise, and only the central hands will move.

The “accessible luxury-segment” watches are packaged in a wooden gift box.

The history of the Heart Beat Collection dates back to 1994. The purpose of the Heart Beat was to distinguish mechanical Frédérique Constant watches from their battery-operated counterparts. The watches have a dial aperture at the position of the balance wheel to show that the movement inside is mechanical. The balance wheel beats 28,800 times per hour and rotates clockwise and counter clockwise on its axis in a large ruby jewel. Its rotation is controlled by the hairspring, which constantly coils and uncoils, and is visible through the open eye of the Heart Beat. In 2004, Frederique Constant became one of the few Swiss watch brands that develop and produce its movements in-house.

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