Frederique Constant - Hybrid Manufacture
Innovation @ Frederique Constant
Innovation is one of our important Brand Values and since its beginning in 1988, the Frederique Constant brand continuously innovated. We invested massively in this domain to offer creativity and outstanding technical features in our timepieces. Every year, Frederique Constant continues to add movements to its in-house collection; and this year is no exception. Designed in keeping with classical watchmaking principles, updated with innovative 21st century techniques, the new Hybrid Manufacture by Frederique Constant combines Swiss Made fine Mechanical watchmaking with Smartwatch functionality.
Revolution in Swiss Watch Industry, Frederique Constant combines three unique technologies ever in Swiss watchmaking. Hence the 3.0, the Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture combines:
2) Smart watch functions and
3) Caliber analytics.
Quote Peter Stas: “We were the first Swiss Watch Manufacturer to introduce the Horological Smart Watch in 2015. Now, we are the first to combine a Manufacture Mechanical Caliber with Smartwatch functionality.”
The Hybrid Manufacture FC-750 caliber is in-house developed, in-house produced and in-house assembled. The caliber is patented. The mechanical part of the FC-750 is an in-house automatic caliber with date, set by the crown at 3 o’clock.
- Automatic winding, 28’800 alt/h
- Functions: hours, minutes, central second’s hand, date counter at 6 o’clock
- 42h power reserve
The electronic part of the FC-750 is also in-house developed, in-house produced and in-house assembled by the Brand. This electronic part of the caliber enables the Smart Functions of the Hybrid Manufacture watch. By integrating the two technologies inside a unique caliber, the technological challenge was to delete the negative magnetic effects between the mechanical and the electronical parts. This is how our highly skilled designers and watchmakers developed and patented a unique anti-magnetic shield case. The FC-750 Hybrid Manufacture caliber is a revolutionary new caliber combining mechanical and electronical components. The connection between the watch and the Hybrid Manufacture App is done by the pusher button located on the left side of the watch case.
2) Smart Watch Functions
Activity tracking: define your objective (# of steps per day) and track your step counting
Sleep Monitoring: was your sleep deep or light? Did you achieve your Sleep hours objective?
Worldtimer (2nd time zone + local 24h time)
3) "Caliber Analytics"
Inside the caliber, we integrated our proprietary Caliber Analytics functionality, an Algorithm to measure Rate, Amplitude and Beat error. Results are communicated to the Hybrid App via Bluetooth and can be seen in the form of graphs over time.
Once per day at 4.00am, the watch analyzes automatically (no requested action from the user) the health of the mechanical movement. Inside the caliber we analyze the oscillations of the movement with a sophisticated Algorithm. 3 measures are taken and reported: Rate, Amplitude and Beat error. The results displayed in the App. (Analytics App screen is available in the Hybrid App, on the 5th swiped screen at the top). Once analyzed, at the bottom of the screen a summary is displayed on the movement’s health check: green=> all is good / red => need to check the watch. If it appears that the mechanical caliber has an issue, we will inform the customers via both the App and via the Cloud.
Rotator Charger Box
The Hybrid Manufacture is delivered into a luxurious wooden winder box offering:
1) a removable charger for the electronical Smartwatch functionality.
2) a winder rotating box that charges the barrel in the mechanical caliber. The removable charger can be taken out for traveling. By a simple USB cable, the Hybrid Manufacture watch can be charged anywhere out of its wooden winder box.