Frederique Constant Flyback

This Chronograph Watch Has a Feature Rarely Found at Its Price


February 13, 2020 Watches By
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Chronographs are already infamously complicated mechanisms, but the flyback function generally takes them into the realm of high-end watchmaking. Hence why Frederique Constant’s Flyback Chronograph Manufacture watch with an in-house movement presents an impressive value. And you know what else? It’s also damn good-looking in its newest iterations, with a retro-inspired but restrained design featuring a “reverse-panda” (light-on-dark) motif for its prominent subdials.

What is a flyback chronograph? It allows the user to quickly restart the chronograph with a single button push rather than having to tediously stop, reset, and start again. This might sound simple, but it adds significant complexity to the already challenging stopwatch mechanics. And Swiss Frederique Constant does the whole thing in-house.

The new Flyback Chronograph Manufacture watches come in two variants: one in steel with a blue dial and another in with a rose-gold-toned steel case and brown dial. Each is 42mm wide and features a transparent case back to display the automatic FC-760 movement inside. In steel the watch will have a price around $4,235, while the rose-gold-coated model will run about $4,560.

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