When Frederique Fixed launched its perpetual calendar watch with a price ticket of EUR 7,995 in 2016, lots of people began listening. In 2020, the model launched its revamped Highlife luxurious sports activities watch assortment, which additionally included a sportier interpretation of its perpetual calendar with versatile options like interchangeable straps/bracelets. Fitted with the identical in-house automated FC-775 calibre as the primary extra classical perpetual calendar, the Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture caught to its philosophy of inexpensive luxurious, making it one of the attractively priced QPs available on the market in the present day. Revisited in numerous iterations since 2020, together with a blue dial model, a rose gold case and a particular turquoise dial and titanium version for Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons throughout Dubai Watch Week, the most recent model comes with a modern blue-grey dial.
Like every fundamental perpetual calendar, the Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture can compute the irregularities of the Gregorian calendar and takes under consideration the month of February throughout regular years (with 28 days) and through leap years (with 29 days). And like all the opposite perpetual calendars, it should require just one adjustment each 100 years. Changes are carried out through pushers within the casebands (at 10 for the fast date correction, at 10:30 for the month and bissextile year correction, at 8 for the day correction and at 4 o’clock for the moon part correction).
The 41mm chrome steel case has a diameter of 41m and a peak of 12.65mm (lug-to-lug measurement is simply over 45mm). The barrel-shaped case with rounded casebands, half-moon aspects close to the strap attachment, and the easy spherical and polished bezel give this watch its sporty look. Surprisingly, although, it is just waterproof to 50m. Just like the case, the built-in three-link bracelet alternates polished and satin-finished surfaces. A particular function of the Highlife assortment is the interchangeable bracelet system, that means you may swap the bracelet for a sportier navy blue rubber strap delivered with the watch.
The novelty right here is the blue-grey color of the dial and the sharp distinction of white typography and mirror-polished hour markers and palms. Judging by the official images, it appears nearer to gray than blue, however that will likely be decided once we get a better hands-on have a look at the watch. A standard function throughout the Highlife household is the globe sample engraved on the dial with imaginary longitude and latitude strains. The structure of the dial contains the months and leap years at 12, the day at 9, the date at 3, and the phases of the moon at 6 o’clock with a blue background and a starry night time sky. Regardless of the plentiful data, the dial stays legible and balanced with sword-shaped palms and utilized silver-coloured hour indices with white luminous materials.
Beneath the sapphire crystal caseback is Frederique Fixed’s dependable in-house automated calibre FC-775 (developed in 2016) with a perpetual calendar module on prime. The frequency is 28,800vph, and the motion delivers a comparatively skimpy energy reserve of 38 hours. Even when carried out by machine, the ending is enticing with blued screws, perlage on the primary plate, round Geneva stripes on the big bridge, and a gold-coloured rotor.
The Frederique Fixed Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Blue-Gray (ref. FC-775BL4NH6B) retails for EUR 8,595. For extra data, please go to frederiqueconstant.com.