New Frederique Constant and Alpina Models In Store ¶
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New in-store are the latest offerings from Matt Baily favourites Alpina and Frederique-Constant. We have received a number of new luxury watches that run the gamut from supremely elegant to casual sport, including the much-anticipated Frederique Slimline Automatic and Alpina Startimer Chronograph.
New from Frederique-Constant are the Slimline Automatic and the Dual Time models, two very elegant and distinctive dress watches from FC that are the perfect choice for a classic design that can be matched to a fine suit. The Slimline is FC’s take on the venerable ultra-slim designs of the 1950s and 60s, but in a larger size that follows current trends. Whereas the “original” ultra-thin watches of the 60s would have been 30-35mm, the Slimline is a very nicely proportioned 40mm. While 40mm doesn’t sound huge by modern standard, it looks very large on the wrist owing to the thin bezel and expansive dial design. Powered by an extra-thin automatic movement, the Slimline is considerably thinner than previous FC designs and wears very comfortably, perfect for fitting under a tight shirt cuff. The dial is clean and simple with applied baton markers and fine hands, with a date window at 3 o’clock, capped off with a gently domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The strap is a croc-patterned leather with folding deployant clasp; a stainless-steel link bracelet is also available.
The Dual Time Big Date takes Frederique’s popular Index 43mm stainless steel case design and adds an extra level of complication – a dual time zone design with big-date display, as the name would suggest. The main time is displayed in the centre, with a secondary time zone on a subdial at 6 o’clock. A big-date window is at 12 o’clock; all functions are set through a single crown. This is a very complicated movement for a very reasonable price. The dial is silver with applied rose-gold-tone markers and hands, a combination that has become all the rage recently, and it looks good here. As with all the Index and Runabout line, it features a nicely sculpted and polished case that is has a lot of wrist presence for a dress watch – this isn’t a dainty piece, but it is an elegant one.
Frederique Constant’s sister brand Alpina also has a few new watches for Summer 2011. The most anticipated is the stunning Startimer chronograph, a watch that has met our high expectations while retaining a very reasonable price. Clearly inspired by IWC designs, the pilot-style Startimer is a great casual watch. Clocking in at 44mm in a simple brushed finish stainless steel case with hefty pushers and a big crown, it’s a classic pilot design through and through. The example here features a dressier dial, in a brushed metallic finish with applied rose-gold-tone Arabic markers; it is also available with the traditional black and white luminescent Fliegeruhr dial. Movement is a tried and true Valjoux calibre with a distinctive bicompax (two side-by-side subdials) layout. The strap is a thick and hard-wearing leather with a snap deployant clasp that will be instantly familiar to IWC lovers. Overall the Startimer is a clean and purposeful casual sport watch that is sure to be a hit with Alpina fans looking for a slightly dressier design. A non-chronograph version is available as well.
Also from Alpina is the new Sailing range of diving and regatta watches. What we have here is the base automatic model, which features a cool sapphire-crystal bezel insert and an angular 44mm stainless steel case that is depth rated to 300 metres. It’s a nice modern design that is perfectly sized for all wrists, big enough to stand out but not oversized. Dial is a simple and legible matte black finish with applied luminescent markers and large hands, with a date window at 3 o’clock. The strap is a black silicon rubber item that is buttery soft and very comfortable. The Sailing Automatic is a great functional Swiss dive watch that won’t break the bank.
All the pictured watches are currently in stock at Matt Baily’s, with more variations to come in the next few weeks. If you are looking for a classic dress piece, or a casual sport watch, Frederique Constant and Alpina have you covered. If you have any questions about the Slimline, Dualtime, Startimer or Sailing feel free to call us at 514 845 8878 or visit our contact page.