Rarely are watches certified by the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute). This certificate is only issued to pieces that can guarantee perfect isochronism over a given time and at given positions – in effect, their ability to tell the time correctly, consistently and precisely, within the strict limits enforced by an ISO standard.
The COSC is an independent Swiss organization that only issues its chronometer certificates to these pieces after the watches have undergone numerous tests over several days. COSC certified pieces form an elite, a class of their own, intended for collectors for whom "Swiss precision" is an everyday necessity.
The Highlife Automatic COSC was developed especially for them. This first COSC-certified watch from Frederique Constant was inspired by the original collection from 1999. Its movements already contained the highest quality components, meeting all the precision criteria for official Swiss chronometer certification. Now it is a fact.
The Highlife collection is based on certain fundamentals acquired from Frederique Constant’s lengthy experience, which have been revised and improved: a new case design, interchangeable straps and a delicate globe decoration on the dial that can be admired down to the smallest detail thanks to the sapphire crystal, which benefits from an anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Distinctive qualities common to all the models help propel the Highlife towards new horizons.
The Highlife Gents models have a 41 mm case, available in various materials. The lack of horns allows for greater flexibility and helps the watch sit naturally on the wrist. The integrated design is infinitely more complicated to conceive than any strap with horns. The process requires perfect continuity between the lines of the case and the links, a smooth, regular but gradual transition to the clasp and natural fluidity that should be almost imperceptible.
A SOPHISTICATED DIAL – MEANINGFUL & UNIFYING DECORATION
All new models in the Highlife collection have a decorated dial. In the interests of unifying the collection, each one features the same globe motif. Symbolising the Earth, the harmony, the perfection of the circle, it is also the icon of a new generation that shares the same ideal for saving the planet, sustainable and sensible living. An ethic in perfect harmony with that of Frederique Constant, which has always championed quality, reliable watches that are both transferable and accessible to as many people as possible.
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
fc-303 caliber, automatic, certified by the cosc
Diamond collimaçon decoration
38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28'800 alt/h
Brushed and polished stainless steel 3-part case
Diameter or dimensions (mm) 41
Thickness (mm) 1084
Lug width (mm) 22
Scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant up to 5 atm/50m/164ft
Blue dial with globe decoration
Applied silver color indexes filled with white luminous treatment
Hand-polished silver color hour and minute hands filled with white luminous treatment
Hand-polished silver color second hand
Date window at 3 o’clock
3-link brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet