Sailing Across Time Zones: Frederique Constant Yacht Timer GMT

Frederique Constant introduced a GMT timepiece with an in-house movement to its Classics dress-watch collection in 2011. Now the Geneva-based, Citizen Group-owned affordable luxury brand adds this travel-friendly complication to its nautically sporty Yacht Timer series in a new model with two distinct executions.

Frederique Constant Yacht-Timer GMT - RG - front

Frederique Constant Yacht-Timer GMT with silvered dial and leather strap (Ref. FC-350VT4H4)

The 42-mm case of the Frederique Constant Yacht Timer GMT is made of stainless steel with a rose-gold plating. Under its convex sapphire crystal is a guilloche dial in either silvery white or anthracite gray, with rose-gold plated hands and hour indices treated with Super-LumiNova and a date window at 3 o’clock. Bordering the inner edge of those markers is a 24-hour GMT ring, with a red-tipped central hand to indicate the hour in a second time zone. The user-friendly design of this scale uses black for the nighttime hours between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM, and white or light gray for the remaining daylight hours. The date is paired with the local time displayed by the main hour and minute hands.

Frederique Constant Yacht Timer GMT two-tone - reclining

Frederique Constant Yacht Timer GMT with ray dial on two-tone bracelet (Ref. FC-350GT4H2B)

Beating inside the 100-meter water-resistant case, and behind a sapphire window in the back, is Frederique Constant’s self-winding FC-350 caliber, based on a Sellita SW200 and incorporating an in-house-designed GMT module. The movement beats at a brisk 28,800 vph and stores a respectable power reserve of 38 hours. The white-grained dial version comes on a brown alligator leather strap, while the gray-dial model is on a bicolor bracelet of steel and rose-gold-plated steel. Both watches come with an additional rubber strap perhaps more suitable to withstand the sea spray on the deck of a yacht. The gray-dial/bracelet watch retails for $1,095, and the white dial/strap model for $2,095.

Frederique Constant Yacht Timer GMT - RG - reclining

The 24-hour inner GMT scale indicates daytime and nighttime hours.

Frederique Constant Yacht Timer GMT two-tone - soldier

The red arrow-tipped GMT hand points to the time in the wearer’s chosen second time zone.

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Author: Mark Bernardo