22 Feb, 2024 | Watchmaking news

In the world of watchmaking, where tradition and precision reign supreme, the collaboration between Frederique Constant and seconde/seconde/ brings a breath of fresh air and originality. This union has given birth to two modified limited editions of the Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture one in steel, limited to 100 pieces, and the second in steel with a rose gold crown and dial elements, limited to just 10 pieces. The Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture is the perfect example. At first glance, this watch seems to follow classic watchmaking codes: a finely polished 42mm stainless steel case, a a slightly sparkling matte silver dial, and harmonious moonphase and date indications. A closer look, however, reveals a very different reality.


The indices applied to the dial seem unusually and irregularly distributed. The logo and date indication appear to have been hand-written, as do the moon and star motifs on the moon-phase disc, adding an extra touch of elegance. a touch of deliberate human imperfection. For seconde/seconde/, this approach makes perfect sense: the aim is to highlight theartisanal aspect of Frederique Constant's Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture by introducing these elements of human error and uneven typography, while perfectly executing and embellishing the elements by hand.


Romaric Andrébetter known by his pseudonym seconde/seconde/, embodies a unique blend of commentator, comedian, watch hacker and guerrilla artist. In just a few years, he has established himself as an essential reference for many watch collectors, thanks to his collaborations with brands of all sizes and price ranges, and his ability to blend satire and watchmaking.

Niels Eggerding, CEO of Frederique Constant, emphasizes the importance of this dynamic: "Romaric's dynamic and innovative spirit is a true source of inspiration, bringing a fresh and disruptive energy to our collaboration. Known for leading powerful and creative initiatives within the industry, he has rightfully earned his reputation. We are privileged to partner with him in the creation of one of the most successful Manufacture calibers ever produced by our brand. Our a shared commitment to disruption aligns perfectly, and we appreciate the bold provocations Romaric has infused into the distinctive design of the Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture."


For Romaric André, this first collaboration with Frederique Constant is an opportunity to reflect on the quest for perfection in watchmaking and in life, a quest that sometimes conflicts with our human nature and the beauty of imperfection. "As watch lovers, we strive for perfection... but when it becomes too perfect, we begin to miss the lack of soul, the lack of connection with the artisanal roots of watchmaking. It's the same in life, where the quest for perfection sometimes conflicts with our human nature and beauty. I like to talk about our contradictions as social bodies, and I think this watch embodies a bit of that gentle bipolarity we all have."


La Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture shines through its specifications: automatic reference movement FC-705, with a 38-hour power reserve, 28,800 vibrations per hour and 26 jewels. The dial, in silver with a matt finish and applied hour markers, is complemented by a brown alligator leather strap, ensuring elegance and comfort.

This collaboration between Frederique Constant and seconde/se conde/ isn't just a watch, it's a way of life. collector's item which embodies the union of traditional watchmaking craftsmanship and a bold modern touch. Available at 3 295,00 €, it represents an investment in a unique timepiece that defies convention and celebrates individuality. Whether you're a discerning collector or a watch enthusiast looking for something out of the ordinary, the Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture is a work of art to be worn on the wrist, offering a new perspective on what a classic watch can be in the modern era.

This collaboration between Frederique Constant and seconde/seconde/ is an invitation to celebrate imperfection as an art form, and to embrace the contradictions that make us human. 

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