The layout of this perpetual calendar will be familiar to anyone who has followed releases of watches with this movement over the last few years, but this new collaboration offers some refinements to the presentation that add up to a fairly substantial change. Most notably, the day and date subdials at 9:00 and 3:00, respectively, have been enlarged, which gives the dial a better sense of balance. (The early FC perpetual calendars were rightly criticized for having subdials that felt too small and crammed into the dial’s center). Additionally, the months indicator at 12:00 has been adjusted to be more easily visible, and the hand indicating the year has been removed. Replacing it is a color based indicator that tells the wearer if we’re in a leap year. These design tweaks are found in a package that incorporates blue bridges and gold elements in the movement with a brown dial motif that makes for a warm and inviting color combination. Brown dials aren’t for everyone, obviously, but in my opinion they’ve nailed it.
Like other Frederique Constant perpetual calendars, this one uses their FC-775 movement, modified slightly for this limited edition with the previously mentioned blue bridges and gold wheels. It has a 39 hour power reserve, and is housed within a 42mm stainless steel case. This is a limited edition of 99 pieces, and carries a retail price of 9,995 EUR. It’s currently available for pre-sale until July 5, with approximately half the cost due at the time of ordering. Delivery is expected in November. Frederique Constant x The Naked Watchmaker