Swiss watches have an almost-unparalleled reputation for crafting only the very best watches, and Frederique Constant is no exception. Big movers and shakers in the watch game, Frederique Constant, relatively young compared to the other watch giants, is nonetheless formidable when considering the quality of their horological movement production, movement assembly, and watch assembly. Founded in 1988 by Peter Stas and his wife Aletta Bax, Frederique Constant finds itself in a unique position among watch manufacturers as both its founders involve themselves in every level of watch production, from initial design to final assembly, from typical wristwatches to newer smartwatches.
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Headquartered in Plan-les-Ouates, a municipality of Geneva, Switzerland, Frederique Constant SA, known as a manufacture d’horlogerie (watchmaking manufacturer), has dominated the watch landscape since its inception. Its watches are carefully crafted; from dials to movements, everything is assembled with the utmost quality. Ever since Frederique Constant’s acquisition of sport watch manufacturer Alpina Watches in 2002, its collection has been suitably diversified. Though ostensibly in the “luxury” market, Frederique Constant is also in the enviable position of selling “accessible” watches as well, most of its pieces selling in a prince range of CHF 1,000-5,000. 2001 found Frederique Constant develop its first original watch movement, The Heart Beat movement, which won “Watch of the Year” in Horloges Magazine in 2005. Since the mid-2000s, Frederique Constant has sponsored several classic car rallies globally, and develops limited edition watches for each of these events. Befitting its worldwide nature, Frederique Constant’s brand ambassadors also span the globe, from Taiwanese actress Shu Qi to Indian model Nicole Faria to American actress Eva Longoria. In addition to everything else, Frederique Constant is also heavily involved in charity work, from donating US $50K to the American Heart Association in 2010, creating amazing one-off pieces to raising funds for scientific and medical research on neuromuscular diseases in general and Duchenne muscular dystrophy in particular. In 2015 Frederique Constant got in on the smartwatch game by introducing the Horological Smartwatch, a watch with motion and sleep tracking functions and utilizes MotionX core technology. Between charitable ventures and its founders’ personal involvement in the company, Frederique Constant’s place in the realm of luxury watches is well-earned.