Frederique Constant Manufacture Tourbillon Moonphase Date 24 Silicium – True Work of Art

Oct 20, 2009
Frederique Constant stunned the world of watchmaking, having unveiled its first Manufacture Tourbillon caliber at BaselWorld 2008. The movement was elaborated completely in-house. It boasts a variety of unique characteristics, with a Silicium escapement wheel on the list.

This year, the company presents another world premiere - the Manufacture Tourbillon Moonphase Date 24 Silicium watch.

The sophisticated caliber FC-985, a new and innovative Tourbillon caliber, was created independently within the company’s workshops in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva. The caliber is based on the highly appreciated Heart Beat Manufacture movement. It is constructed from 208 individual parts.

The caliber FC-985 has the following peculiarities:

  • an escapement and a lever crafted in Silicium,

  • the Smart Weight Balancing-system patented by Frederique Constant,

  • a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour,

  • an individual number on the tourbillon cage.

Moreover, the movement provides three traditional functions - a moon-phase indicator and a small date hand, positioned at 12 o’clock, as well as a 24-hour hand, with Day/Night indication, found at 9 o’clock.

The decoration of the movement renders meticulous attention to detail, including handcrafted Cotes de Geneve and perlage decoration, anglage (chamfer) and rhodiage (rhodium plating) featured by all the bridges, and blued steel screws.

The new Frederique Constant Manufacture Tourbillon Moonphase Date 24 Silicium watch, reviewed by, is available in a limited edition of 188 pieces sculptured in 18k rose gold or 88 pieces in 18k white gold.

The luxurious dial has been created in two variations. The first variation of the dial is in modern black completed with applied, polished indexes and featuring an elegant engraving in the centre. The second variation is a classical yet refined silvered dial, adorned with a “Clous de Paris” guilloche pattern in the centre and completed with lacquered Roman numerals.

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