Two new variations of Frédérique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

Text: Frédérique Constant
Photo: Eric Rossier/Frédérique Constant

Frederique Constant presented two new stylish, sporty variations on one of the cult designs of Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

Frederique Constant presents two new variations on its Flyback Chronograph Manufacture collection. This timepiece, destined for the discerning chronograph enthusiast, was developed, manufactured and assembled in its entirety in-house at the Geneva manufacture. The individuality and intricacy of the collection make it highly desirable among lovers of the chronograph.

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The flyback was one of the first features to be added to the chronograph during the 1930s. A straightforward concept, it allows the chronograph to be stopped, reset and restarted with a single press of the push-piece, rather than three successive presses.

FC 760CHC4H4

And yet this ingenious idea, which comes into its own when timing successive races at sporting events, is underpinned by a truly sophisticated mechanism. While the chronograph’s stop, reset and restart functions were originally controlled by pressing two push-pieces in sequence, in flyback mode, a single press of the push-piece engages all three operations simultaneously.

Frederique Constant FC 760CHC4H4 Detail Caseback Photo©Eric Rossier SD min

The conventional flyback mechanism is based on a set of several column wheels that act as a system of clutches. The FC-760 calibre that operates the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture dispenses with this complexity, replacing the standard column wheel with a star-shaped wheel. This results in a thinner movement with fewer parts and operations. The FC-760 calibre from Frederique Constant is simpler, smoother and more reliable.

FC 760NS4H6

Pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock declutches the chronograph’s movement and resets it. Once the pusher is released, the movement and the chronograph re-engage and the chronograph restarts. No fewer than 6 years of development were required to attain this degree of sophistication. The FC-760 calibre, which can be admired through the new collection’s sapphire crystal, is also more aesthetically pleasing. The flyback module accounts for just 96 of the entire movement’s 233 parts, making it one of the most efficient flyback modules in the world, as well as one of the most affordable, thanks to its ingenious, patented construction. As a result, prices for the new Flyback Chronograph Manufacture start at 3,895 euros.

Frederique Constant FC 760CHC4H4 Detail 2 Photo©Eric Rossier SD

These days, half of all chronographs are gold, a colour that already features heavily in this collection. In response to demand from collectors, Frederique Constant can today unveil two new options, both featuring two-tone styling with silvered counters. In a first for this model, the counters and the face are different colours. This novel contrast improves legibility and gives the chronograph a sportier feel.In the first version, the three counters are set against a chocolate-coloured dial with a 42-mm rose-gold case. The second features a blue dial with a stainless-steel case. Contemporary and dynamic, these new Flyback Chronograph Manufactures have baton indices and luminous hands, as well as an alligator strap with deployment clasp stamped with the Frederique Constant logo.

Frederic Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

Reference                 FC-760CHC4H4

Functions                Hours, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph, date by hand, tachymeter

Movement                FC-760 Manufacture caliber, automatic, flyback chronograph with date adjustable by the crown, Perlage & circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement

32 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28’800 alt/h

Case                          Rose gold plated polished and satined stainless steel 3-parts case

Diameter of 42 mm

Glass box sapphire crystal

See-through case-back

Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial                            Brown dial with applied rose gold plated indexes

Hand-polished rose gold plated hands

Strap                          Dark brown alligator leather strap

Reference                 FC-760NS4H6

Functions                Hours, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph, date by hand, tachymeter

Movement                FC-760 Manufacture caliber, automatic, flyback chronograph with date adjustable by the crown

Perlage & circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement

32 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28’800 alt/h

Case                          Polished and satined stainless steel 3-parts case

Diameter of 42 mm

Glass box sapphire crystal

See-through case-back

Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial                             Navy dial with applied silver indexes

Hand-polished silver hands

Strap                          Blue alligator leather strap