COUTURE PREVIEW: Frederique Constant brings third generation connected hybrids


Frederique Constant will present the world’s first mechanical watch movement with connected smartwatch features at this year’s Couture.

The patented Hybrid Manufacture FC-750 automatic calibre is primarily a standard movement driving hours, minutes and seconds in a classical family of watches that will be known as Hybrid Manufacture.

But incorporated into the movement is the digital communications and motion sensor widget, which handles activity tracking and sleep monitoring.

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That information is beamed to the Frederique Constant smartphone app and displayed on a 0-100% counter on the watch face.

For more nerdy mechanical watch lovers, the gadget also monitors the performance of the movement. The Caliber Analytics checks the movement once per day to measure rate, amplitude and beat error, with results communicated to the app via Bluetooth where they feed into graphs that show the performance over time.

The core line of the watch will have two 42mm models this year, one with a polished steel cased version with a navy blue guilloché dial, the other with a rose gold plated case and a grey dial. Other limited editions are expected. The watches will go on sale this month for around $3000.

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