Frederique Constant was established in 1988 by Dutch entrepreneur Peter Stas and his wife, Aletta Bax. The company gets its name from the great grandparents of each founder, Frédérique Schreiner (1881–1969) and Constant Stas (1880–1967). Since its founding, the Swiss manufacture has specialized in producing mechanical watches and complications at an accessible price. In 2016, Frederique Constant, along with its subsidiaries Atelier deMonaco and Alpina, was acquired by Citizen Watch. To date, it has developed and produced a total of 29 movements in its facility in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, cementing its position as a market leader in the accessible luxury segment.