Published on May 20th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
30 years, Frederique Constant has been making watchmaking history with its high quality, innovative, reasonably priced timepieces.
Frederique Constant is a watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers, 21 different versions since 2004. Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra-modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers.
Let More People Enjoy Luxury
Frederique Constants’ mission is not to restrict the interest in watches to a limited and elitist circle of connoisseurs but rather to a broader selection of appreciative enthusiasts who want to enjoy high quality classical watches at sensible prices.
The Name “Frederique Constant”
Frederique Constant was created from the first names of Peter Stas and Aletta Bax-Stas great-grandparents Frédérique Schreiner (1881-1969) and Constant Stas (1880-1967). The current C.E.O of Frederique Constant Peter Stas is a 4th generation descendant of Mr. Constant Stas, who founded his company in 1904, making printed clock dials for the watch industry.
Frederique Constant has the passion for creating beautiful, high quality watches with impeccable finish. The brand’s slogan is “Live your Passion” and passion is reflected in every detail of the craftsmanship, design and innovation used in the creation of a Frederique Constant watch.
Already in the early 18th century, Genève became known as a major center for the creation and production of fine timepieces. Since then, the Geneva-based watchmakers have risen to unparalleled heights in the Art of Horology. Watchmakers are the most important assets of a watch manufacturer, since each watch is individually assembled by hand. The Frederique Constant watchmakers attended the most prominent Watchmaking schools in Genève and La Chaux-de-Fonds. Yet pure capabilities alone are only part of the equation; to be successful, a watchmaker at Frederique Constant must be truly passionate about his or her work.
In 1994, Frederique Constant developed its first Heart Beat watch. The purpose of the Heart Beat development was to show the mechanical nature of the watches. Heart Beat timepieces have an aperture at the position of the balance wheel showing off the mechanic details which make it, a mechanical timepiece. Already in the 1990s Frederique Constant had foreseen the revival of the mechanical watch after the long-endured quartz crisis.
In 2015, Frederique Constant launched the first Horological Smartwatch featuring an analogical dial run by a completely electronic module. Another innovation ahead of its time; keeping with the Swiss excellence of watchmaking codes, the brand mixed it up with an avant-garde module which tracks the user’s activity and sleep patterns.
In 2016, the brand launched the first Accessible Luxury grande complication; a perpetual calendar entirely, in-house developed, produced and assembled. With this new timepiece Frederique Constant continues to bring high-end watchmaking to a vaster selection of watch aficionados.
The new Frederique Constant manufacture measures 3200 square meters, divided over four floors, offering an attractive working environment in the sectors of movement component production, caliber assembly, watch assembly, and extensive quality control. Numerically-controlled machines of the latest generation are located in a large atelier in the basement, where all component manufacturing is concentrated. Caliber and watch assembly, as well as state-of-the-art quality control is primarily organized on the first floor of the new Frederique Constant building. The building is also the brand’s international headquarters.