Review - Frédérique Constant Ladies Automatic Love Heart Beat ¶
In the past few years there has been an increase of mechanical, luxury ladies watches. An growing number of women appreciate the fine aspects of a Swiss mechanical movement as much as the fashion and jewellery aspects of watches. In order to distinguish a mechanical watch from quartz, companies have often placed an aperture on the dial to demonstrate parts of the mechanism underneath. Frédérique Constant is one of the several companies to have played with this feature by shaping the aperture or integrating it in the design of the dial. The Frédérique Constant Ladies Automatic Love Heart Beat for instance, uses the round window in place of the O in the word love that is inscribed on the watch's dial with diamonds.
In their press communication, Frédérique Constant actually refers to the word as "Love," due to the size of the first two letters on the watch dial. The L and O are capitalized in order to accommodate the opening at Twelve o'clock. Through this aperture, we are offered a glimpse at the automatic movement. Diamonds are hand set along the lines of the letters and balance really well with the iridescence of the dial's mother of pearl. More diamonds are used for the hour markers. A nice touch that many will appreciate is a tiny heart pattern displayed in the centre of the watch's face.
The quality of the diamonds is high. Although small, each diamond is a full cut round brilliant. The colour and clarity of the stones is not only very well matched, but the diamonds are impressively clear and display near colourless to colourless quality. While this quality is common in similar luxury products in higher price brackets, it is not the case for those in the same class as the FC Automatic Love Heart Beat.
Seen through the "Love" window is the heart of the automatic FC-310HG-2 calibre movement, its balance wheel. When in motion, the balance wheel oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz, causing the seconds hand to tick eight times per second and evoking the famous sweep-seconds visual effect of self-winding watches. Upon close inspection, it is possible to see how the movement's bottom plate was cut out to allow for a view of the balance wheel and polished with a beautiful brushed perlage finish.
At first glance the Frédérique Constant Ladies Automatic Love Heart Beat is a beautifully decorated fashion accessory, but looking through the aperture on its dial it is evident that its beauty is not only skin deep. Diamonds, silk, and a sapphire cabochon on the crown are in perfect balance with the fine Swiss mechanical workmanship that lies within. For a woman that believes that fashion goes hand in hand with quality, value, and longevity, the Love Heart Beat is the perfect match.
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