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Frederique Constant Adds New Dials to Classic Heart Beat

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Frederique Constant returns to its roots and adds two watches sporting guilloché dials to its long-running Classics Heart Beat Automatic collection. 

While the pair may be new to the Geneva watchmaker’s Classics Automatic collection, their ‘Heart Beat’ design, which exposes a portion of the automatic movement, is a characteristic Frederique Constant pioneered. In fact, when Frederique Constant first debuted the open balance wheel design in 1994, the young brand neglected to protect what was at the time a novel design. As it was never patented, the concept continues to be copied by numerous watch brands. 

These latest additions to the collection each measure 40mm diameter steel case and so-called ‘apple’ hands and choice of a silver dial and a dark khaki dial. The highlighted guilloche dial center is framed by a nice satin-finished hour circle with twelve very classic Roman numerals. 

Frederique Constant fits its Sellita-based automatic FC-310 caliber inside these two newest Classics Heart Beat Automatic watches, with just a bit exposed on the front of the dial, offering a power reserve of 38 hours. 

Price: $1,495.