Introducing the Frederique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture Globetrotter Edition

Introducing the Frederique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture Globetrotter Edition

The Low-down

First released in 2012, the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture remains one of Frederique Constant’s bestselling models, and little wonder — next to the perpetual calendar, a worldtimer is among the most useful of mechanical complications, and a hiccup notwithstanding, our globetrotting days have largely returned. Moreover, the Classics Worldtimer is the watch to beat on value, offering not just an in-house movement, but also an innovative one that allows all indicators to be set from a single crown. The first position of the crown winds the watch; the second sets the date when turned upwards and sets the reference city when turned downwards; the third adjusts the time in the central display in synchrony with the 24-hour ring.

In part to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this model, as well as to mark Black Friday, Frederique Constant is releasing a special Globetrotter edition of the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture in stunning black sandblasted titanium with a black dial featuring embossed continents and oceans in sunray finish. There’s also sunray guilloche on black date subdial at 6 o’clock. These are contrasted by markers and lettering in white. In a first for the model, the names of the cities on periphery have now been swapped for their corresponding three-letter airport codes.

Frederique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture Globetrotter Edition
Frederique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture Globetrotter Edition

Turning the watch over reveals the movement through the sapphire crystal display caseback. Frederique Constant should be commended for its in-house movement that adds something new to the watch beyond demonstrating the company’s independence. There is elegance in the simplicity and efficiency of setting everything from a single crown, and the self-winding FC-718 is not without decoration, there’s perlage, blued screws and a winding rotor plated in rose gold.

Frederique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture Globetrotter Edition

IMHO

A sandblasted black case effectively transforms the Globetrotter into a thoroughly sporty watch that takes the normally dressy Classics Worldtimer Manufacture to a different level. The white-on-black format executed here is designed for practicality, to be easily read in any lighting condition. A titanium case lightens and toughens the watch, and having airport codes in place of city names is a nice touch: it takes shorter than a heartbeat to decipher, and gets easier with practice. It also spaces out the display somewhat instead of having everything pinched shoulder-to-shoulder, a little extra breathing room is never a bad thing. The date subdial, we can live with.

Frederique Constant Classics Worldtimer Manufacture Globetrotter Edition

Tech Specs

Reference: FC-718BAWM4TH6
Movement: In-house self-winding caliber FC-718; 38 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, world-timer
Case: 42mm x 12.1mm; titanium with black PVD; display caseback; water resistant to 50m
Strap: Black alligator leather strap
Availability: Available from December; limited to 300 pieces

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