A buttoned-up chrono from the brand’s flagship Manufacture collection coming in two new color options.
Housed in 42-mm cases, the new Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture is available in two variants: the rose gold-plated steel version comes with a chocolate-colored dial, while the regular steel is complemented by blue one. The layout is kept in a perfect symmetry, including the inlaid hour markers getting slightly shorter when closing to contrasting sub-dials, the railway-style scale on both the small seconds at 9 and a 30-minute counter at 3, and a date shown via the hand and a perfectly matched sub-dial at 6. And of course, there’s a tachymeter scale, because how can a dressy chronograph manage without one, right? Such a classical dial is protected by a box-type sapphire crystal, while the timepiece itself is fixed on a wrist via a matching alligator strap with deployment clasp. Oh, and the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture promises quite a decent water resistance here for a dress watch – 50-meters.
Talking about the automatic FC-760 caliber with a chronograph module and a 38-power reserve, the brand emphasizes its reliability first and foremost. Only 96 of the entire 233 parts are dedicated to the flyback chrono, allowing the owner to stop, reset and restart the central hand with a single push of a button at 4 o’clock. The movement is visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback, and has some nice basic decorations including perlage, circular Côtes de Genève and a skeletonized winding rotor with some neat brushing and engravings. The price is €4,195 for the gold-plated steel version, and €3,895 for the regular steel variant.
Feb. 11, 2020