When it made its debut in 2012, the Worldtimer became an instant hit and is perhaps one of the most successful watches for Frederique Constant. Over time, we have seen the line grow with the addition of colors, and for this year, we see it presented with a dark grey dial. However, you can choose to wear it in steel or rose gold-plated steel case.
It is hard to ignore how affordable this watch is, and a lot of credit goes to Frederique Constant, for striving to give us a watch that indicates the time in all the official 24 time zones of the world. Typically, such watches cost an arm and leg, but starting at approx. $3800, the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer is affordable luxury on your wrist.
The Globe on your wrist
The dial of the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer showcases the globe, which is very commonly seen on the high-end models. For this particular watch, we see that the globe is etched onto the grey dial and the continents are seen in relief form. To read the time of one of the 24 cities, you simply need to glance at the ring.
To read the local time, you need to consult the central hands and the applied luminous hour markers, which are found on the globe. The home time that you set – also known as the reference time – is captured on the 24-hour disc. This disc also lets you know the day-night status via the two-tone grey and white colors.
To read the date, simply look at the large sub-dial at 6 o’clock with a wavy stamped design in its center. As mentioned before, the 24 cities are captured on the outermost ring and positioned in a white against a dark grey background. The GMT indication, along with +1/-1, are seen in red.
The Movement and More
The functions of the Frederique Constant Worldtimer are controlled at the crown. You can wind the watch, set the date and city, as well at the time, using the three positions of the crown. Crafted in a 42 mm case, the variations available are polished stainless steel or polished rose gold-plated steel.
The classic vintage onion crown is another highlight of this watch. Under the dial, you will find the in-house FC-718 calibre, which can be admired through the exhibition caseback. This automatic movement has been specially built for the Worldtimer and is powered by a golden openworked rotor, which gives it 42 hours of power reserve. The watch is water resistant up to 50 meters.
The watch is limited to 718 units in each variation and retails between $3800 and $4200.