Lot 12
  • 12

Frédérique Constant

Estimate
6,000 - 9,000 CHF
Sold
4,800 CHF
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Description

  • 'Highlife Hearbeat', circa 2004; three unique prototype stainless steel wristwatches with visible escapements

each with damascened nickel lever movements (cal.910), 17 jewels, free-sprung mono-metallic balances, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, aperture to display escapement, circular polished steel cases, sapphire crystal screwed down display backs, dials and movements signed, each with steel Frédérique Constant buckle and accompanied by wooden presentation cases. A - black laminate dial, stretched white arabic numerals, centre with repeated Frédérique Constant shield, luminescent hands; B - silvered dial, roman numerals, engine turned centre, blued steel moon hands; C - black matt dial, applied polished steel stretched arabic numerals, centre with repeated Frédérique Constant shield, spade hands.

Catalogue Note

The 'Heart Beat Manufacture' calibre was developed by Frédérique Constant together with a team of 8 specialists from the École d'Horlogerie de Genève", "École d'Ingénieurs de Genève" and the "Horloge Vakschool Zadkine" in Amsterdam. A team of 14 specialists were carefully selected for the production of the calibre.

A press preview of the new movement was hosted in Geneva in February 2004, prior to the official launch at the Basel World Watch and Jewellery Fair in April. These three wristwatches are working prototypes made for this presentation.

 

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