Frederique Constant, the renowned Swiss watchmaker, and Peter Speake, the esteemed English watchmaker, have joined forces to unveil a stunning new addition to the Manufacture collection: the Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Designed by Peter Speake. This limited edition timepiece (only 135 pieces!) combines modern aesthetics with intricate mechanics, offering a unique take on the perpetual calendar complication.
A departure from tradition
Frederique Constant‘s Manufacture collection is renowned for its classic elegance. This collaboration, however, breaks the mould with a bold and graphic design. Peter Speake’s signature style shines through in the openworked dial, which reveals the intricate workings of the FC-775 Manufacture calibre. The skeletonised counters, hands and even the absence of a seconds hand contribute to a minimalist aesthetic that prioritises functionality.
A play of light and shadow
The colour palette reinforces the contemporary feel. The two-tone white and matt anthracite grey create a stark contrast. Only a hint of red adorns three hands, drawing the eye to their precise movements. This understated yet striking design reflects Peter Speake’s 25 years of creating discreet and personal timepieces.
While the design pushes boundaries, the heart of the watch remains firmly rooted in the Frederique Constant heritage. The Manufacture movement features the brand’s signature finishing touches: drawn lines on each component, circular satin-brushed perpetual calendar wheels and blued screws, all hallmarks of fine Geneva watchmaking. The open caseback reveals the distinctive Manufacture oscillating weight, further reinforcing the brand’s identity.
A masterful marriage of form and function
The perpetual calendar complication, a cornerstone of Haute Horlogerie, is at the centre of attention. This ingenious mechanism displays all calendar information simultaneously, even taking into account leap years. Frederique Constant’s design ensures optimal legibility, with the essential daily information (day and date) on the horizontal axis and the secondary information (month, moon phase) on the vertical axis. The leap year indication, although less important for daily use, is integrated into the month display.
The Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture designed by Peter Speake is a testament to the successful fusion of two different watchmaking styles. It offers a bold and contemporary interpretation of a classic complication, housed in a meticulously crafted timepiece. With its limited availability and unique design, this watch is sure to become a coveted collector’s item.