The Slimline vary is on the core of Frederique Fixed, already a part of the model’s portfolio for a very long time. It showcases a extra classical and refined tackle the idea of reasonably priced luxurious Frederique Fixed is thought for. With a sublime aptitude, up to date touches, and naturally in-house actions, there’s quite a bit to find. With dressy time-only fashions on one finish and extra advanced watches just like the Slimline Perpetual Calendar or groundbreaking Slimline Monolithic on the opposite, the model serves up one thing for everybody. Someplace within the center, a minimum of when it comes to complexity and show, is the Frederique Fixed Slimline Energy Reserve we’re revisiting at present.
The Frederique Fixed Slimline Energy Reserve was offered a few years in the past, and on the time we already spent some hands-on time with it. The Slimline is a part of the Manufacture assortment, that means it makes use of an in-house developed motion. Frederique Fixed depends on the vertical integration of the Citizen Watch Group it belongs to and is thus capable of develop and produce manufacture actions at a staggering fee. The Slimline Energy Reserve housed the corporate’s twenty eighth manufacture calibre, and since then the depend is within the 30s.
Spending time with the FC Slimline Energy Reserve is all the time a pleasing expertise. Its measurement and proportions are very good, with a modest 40mm in diameter it stays a somewhat restraint wanting watch. The domed sapphire crystal kicks the peak as much as roughly 10mm however visually the watch seems slimmer than that due to the form and building of the case. A small onion-shaped crown is positioned on the right-hand facet. Subsequent to a chrome steel mannequin, there’s additionally a rose-gold plated model accessible, each absolutely polished.
The Frederique Fixed Slimline Energy Reserve comes with a domed dial, in both a silvery-white or navy blue tone. Initially it was additionally offered with a darkish gray dial and matching gray strap however it’s now not accessible. And to be trustworthy, the dial is the place this watch actually shines. Its diameter is pretty massive, due to the comparatively slim bezel. Slender roman numerals are printed in black (silver dial) or white (blue dial) for each hour.
The decrease half is “dominated” by a refined date show, with odd numbers and a slender hand pointing at at present’s date. The upper-left part of the dial exhibits why this watch is named the Slimline Energy Reserve. Spanning from 9 to 11 o’clock, with a hand positioned at 10’. The ability reserve show signifies the watch’s 50-hour lifespan. A pleasant contact is the step by step rising measurement of the pink dots used for the decrease finish of the size, indicating the watch is nearly out of vitality.
Frederique Fixed has opted to not embrace a central (or subsidiary) seconds hand which advantages the clear look of the watch. The arms have a refined leaf form to them and are available black or white relying on the color of the dial. Lastly, the model’s brand is positioned within the upper-right part to steadiness out the subsidiary shows. The ultimate result’s a dial that is still mild from a visible perspective but provides nice day-to-day practicality. It seems dressy, match for extra formal events, however pairs simply as nicely go along with extra informal apparel.
Turning the watch over you’ll be able to see the FC-723 in-house computerized motion by way of the sapphire crystal caseback. The bowl-shaped caseback flows seamlessly downwards from the caseband, and carries the watch’s identification. An openworked winding rotor reveals many of the motion contained in the FC Slimline Energy Reserve. As talked about, on the time of presenting this watch in 2019, the FC-723 was the model’s twenty eighth in-house calibre.
It’s properly adorned, to a stage you count on from Frederique Fixed and at this worth vary. We see blued screws, Côtes de Genève, perlage, and an engraved FC brand subsequent to the motion quantity, jewel depend and “Swiss Made” inscriptions. It runs at a frequency of 28 jewels and gives a greater than enough 50 hours of working time when absolutely wound.
The Frederique Fixed Slimline Energy Reserve is worn on an alligator leather-based strap in black, darkish brown or navy blue (relying on the reference). The navy blue strap comes with contrasting stitching, including a extra informal contact to the general look. All straps are fitted with a folding clasp comparable to the case end (i.e. metal or rose-gold plated). The Frederique Fixed Slimline Energy Reserve at the moment retails for EUR 3,295 in stainless-steel or EUR 3,595 in rose-fold plated metal.
All in all, this can be a well-made watch with a pleasant computerized motion, modest dimensions and quite a lot of presence with out being too in-your-face about it. The indications on the dial are mild to the attention, and maintain the watch wanting somewhat balanced. The mixture of the dressy fashion with the convenience of use each day works somewhat nicely based on me. So in brief, you’ll be able to’t actually go fallacious with such a watch.
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