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Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture

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Frederique Constant, the young brand that hosted the first official meeting of the Swiss Watchmaking Industry with the Smart Watch concept in 2015, introduced its latest model after a three years break.

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Frederique Constant is known as the first Swiss watchmaker to launch a Smart Watch with the Horological Smart Watch introduced in 2015.

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However, the Horological Smart Watch was more like a Quartz hybrid watch as it features a traditional analogue display instead of conventional touch screen like its rivals back then.

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Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch

Now Frederique Constant is back in the game after a three years period with a new model which is powered by an in-house mechanical movement that the brand states is entirely Swiss Made (hard to believe as the company is owned by Citizen).

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The Hybrid Manufacture is offered in four case options as three in stainless steel and one in rose gold plated. The 42mm diameter case houses the traditional engine-turned centre dial accompanied by Breguet-style hands and Roman numerals. There is also a limited edition (888 pieces) model that features a sportier look with luminous lance-shaped hands and applied hour markers.

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The models are powered by the in-house Caliber FC-750. Self-winding movement has a Quartz module on top. A patented shield was developed to house the electronics, in order to prevent the mechanical portion of the movement from being magnetized by the Smart Watch module.

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The mechanical movement display time and date functions while the Quartz module offers standard Smart Watch features like sleep monitoring, activity tracking, health advice, as well as a world time function. The most interesting feature is the built-in watch testing machine that measures the rate, amplitude and beat error of the mechanical movement automatically every day.

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The sub-dial at 12 o’clock indicates a handful of basic Smart Watch functions, with the full complement of data available on a paired Smart Phone thanks to a dedicated app. The watch links to a Smart Phone via Bluetooth, with the link established through the pusher on the left side of the case.

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Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, self-winding movement has an open-worked rotor, ticks at 28,800bph and offers a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound, while the electronic module needs to be charged every seven days.

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The watch is packaged in a wood presentation box that contains both a winder for the automatic movement and a removable charger.

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