I was really close to getting this watch. Matter of fact, it was down to choosing between my current Graham pulsometer or the Frederique Constant Worldtimer. Although I am absolutely in love with my watch now, sometimes I regret not choosing the Worldtimer when opportunity knocked.
Model: Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture
Diameter: 42 mm
Calibre: FC-718 (in-house)
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Retail Price: ~ $3,900 USD
A Gentleman’s Take
This is one of those ‘you have to take a minute to fully appreciate it’ kind of watch. I don’t blame you, with all that on a dial, I too have to take my time to soak it all in.
For the worldtimer fans out there, perhaps you have heard of this because a worldtimer with a price tag like that tends to get a lot of attention. As one of the most successful models from Frederique Constant, there should be some prominent reasons behind it, let’s dive deeper and take a look.
As mentioned, watches that display 24 time zones all at once usually comes with a world-class price but the Worldtimer Manufacture puts itself at an economy, entry-level price.
Came with multiple colours, blue, brown and green, and charcoal grey which was introduced in 2019. Sitting at 42 mm, slightly smaller than the Pulsometer I purchased but EXACTLY my type. I don’t know about you but 42 mm fits perfectly on my wrist.
Perhaps nature’s most beautiful pattern belongs to the ‘golden ratio’. Although this watch doesn’t fully fit into the rules set by the golden ratio, it sure reminded me of it with its immaculate dial design. We can see two rows of cities lying on the outer edge of the dial with +1 (in red markings) next to Geneva and -1 next to Azores. At the centre, a world map is surrounded by the 24 hour time zone marker with a clever split colour design to indicate day and night and of course, who can possibly ignore the sunburst date subdial at 6 o’clock?
One last thing I like to point out is the case back. I always appreciate when watches do an open case because why close the calibre off from the world? You can see the FC-718 through the sapphire case back and it is as beautiful as always and I agree with HODINKEE, this movement does remind me of the calibre FC-705.
I highly recommend this watch, guys, I really do. For those who already own this watch, congratulation, it’s a really wise choice.
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