New Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture Watch
Luxury watch brand Frederique Constant prides itself in being a true Swiss watch manufacture. They create their own movements and assemble their watches by hand. The watch brand asked French artist seconde/seconde/ to find a way to convey the message in his own distinctive, cheeky style. Perhaps, he may have gone too far. The result is two altered limited editions of the Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture.
One watch Slimline Moonphase edition is steel and limited to just 100 examples. The other edition is steel with a rose gold tone crown and dial elements. This one is limited to only 10 pieces.
Known as a commentator, comedian, horological hacker and even a guerrilla artist. Romaric André is better known to the world under his alias seconde/seconde/. In a short few years, Hence, seconde/seconde/ has become a mainstay in many watch collectors’ radars. From editing vintage watches with playful elements to collaborating with brands of all sizes and price segments. As a result, seconde/seconde/ found in the watch industry a perfect and somewhat untapped playground for combining his two passions: satire and horology.
For his first collaboration with Frederique Constant, seconde/seconde/ sought to shine a light on what he considers the brand’s greatest strength. The hand-assembled aspect of its watches. Upon a first glance from a distance, the Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture appears totally normal. Yet, the finely polished three-part 42mm stainless steel case, the subtly sparkling matt silver dial and harmonious moonphase and date display are all there. Take a closer look and notice nothing is as it seems.
The applied hour markers appear to be weirdly and unevenly dispatched. Plus, the script of the logo and the date indication look like they were hand-written. Even the moonphase disk’s moon and stars look uneven and drawn by hand. For seconde/seconde/ though, it makes perfect sense. Highlight the handcrafted aspect of Frederique Constant’s Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture by incorporating a bit of human error. On the reverse side of the case, there is an open display case.
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Photo: Frederique Constant