Frederique Constant Worldtimer With Map Dial
Regular HODINKEE readers will know by now that Frederique Constant is particularly adept at offering high-quality watches with in-house movements at accessible prices. And they're at it again. This time they give the value treatment to a worldtimer, offered in two limited edition configurations. We just had to take a closer look.
Details On The Map Dial
It is worth noting right up front that the Frederique Constant Worldtimer is a true worldtimer, not a GMT with a cities ring, meaning you can read the time in all timezones at once. That's not to say the worldtimer-style GMT watch is a bad thing, it's just a different complication altogether. Here Frederique Constant has fitted the Worldtimer with a ring containing 24 major world cities and a 24-hour disc neatly divided into night and day. This ring is both marked with sun and moon and colored light and dark for easy reading.
Everything Is Operated From The Single Crown
Usually on a watch like this, you would see a pusher up around 2 o'clock. A simple click and the cities ring advances one timezone, changing your home time as well. But instead, Frederique Constant have streamlined things and the entire watch is operated from the single crown - this includes setting the time, calibrating the worldtimer, and setting the date register at 6 o'clock. Remember, the FC-718 inside this worldtimer is a real manufacture movement, and you can tell Frederique Constant designed it to be simple and clean from the ground up.
Map Dial With Luminous Markers And Blue Accents
Guilloché Dial With Roman Numerals and Black Accents
The dial comes in two configurations, one more modern and one more classic. The former features blue hands, blue accents, round luminous hour markers, and a world map at the center of the dial. This is the configuration we handled, and the mix of sporty hands/markers and the map (traditional on worldtimers) works really well. The other configuration has a guilloché dial, roman numerals, and black Breguet hands. Both are housed in the same 42mm three-piece stainless steel case and feature display casebacks so you can see the in-house movement.
The collection is limited to just 1888 pieces, and the price is $3,450 for both configurations.