INDEPENDENT & FAMILY OWNED
Frederique Constant was established in its current form in 1988. Aletta Bax and Peter Stas launched their first collection in 1992, comprising six models fitted with Swiss movements and assembled by a watchmaker in Geneva. Frédérique Constant is involved in all the stages of watch production, from initial design to final assembly. Watches manufactured under its trademark are either designed by Frédérique Constant or by independent designers contracted for a specific series of models. Strong emphasis is placed on watch design to keep abreast of trends and customer preferences. Frédérique Constant uses cutting-edge computer software, principally computer aided design software, to assist in the watch design and development process.
LET MORE PEOPLE ENJOY LUXURY
Our mission is not to restrict the interest in Frederique Constant watches to a limited and elitist circle of connoisseurs but rather to a broader selection of appreciative enthusiasts who want to enjoy high quality classical watches at sensible prices. Frédérique Constant has exhibited at the World Watch, Clock and Jewellery Show in Basel since 1995. As the company flourished, Aletta Bax and Peter Stas decided to move to Geneva themselves, to develop the brand in the heart of this watchmaking capital.
THE NAME “FREDERIQUE CONSTANT” HAS BEEN CREATED FROM TWO NAMES
Frederique: Frederique Schreiner 1881-1969
Constant: Constant Stas 1880-1967
The current Managing Director of Frederique Constant S.A., Peter Stas, is a 4th generation descendant of Mr. Constant Stas, who founded his company in 1904, making printed clock dials for the watch industry.
Already in the early 18th century, Genève became known as a major center for the creation and production of fine timepieces. Since then, the Genèvese watchmakers have risen to unparalleled heights in the Art of Horology. The first users of timekeepers were astronomers who were responsible for the most significant inventions: the pendulum clock and the watch balance spring.
Most of the world’s best known watch manufacturers are based in Genève. Cross-fertilization between companies as well as co-operation with suppliers enable independent manufacturers to remain at the forefront of precision watch making. Watchmakers are the most important assets of a watch manufacturer, since each watch is individually assembled by hand. Watch making schools in Genève and La Chaux-de-Fonds have educated most of the watchmakers at Frederique Constant. Many of them gained experience in the ateliers of other renowned brands before joining Frédérique Constant. Yet pure capabilities alone are only part of the equation; to be successful, a watchmaker at Frédérique Constant must be truly passionate about his or her work.
The new Frederique Constant manufacture measures 3200 square meters, divided over four floors, offering an attractive working environment in the sectors of movement component production, calibre assembly, watch assembly, and extensive quality control. Numerically-controlled machines of the latest generation are located in a large atelier in the basement, where all component manufacturing is concentrated. Calibre and watch assembly, as well as state-of-the-art quality control is primarily organized on the first floor of the new Frédérique Constant building. The building is also the brand’s international headquarters.
It is well known that Frederique Constant has been deeply involved in charity and good causes for many years now. To help spread the word of their activity, the brand has announced Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow as its new global Charity Brand Ambassador. Aletta, Board Executive and co-founder of Frederique Constant said: “We are very happy and honoured to have Gwyneth Paltrow as our new Charity ambassador. Thanks to her and to our brand’s engagement, we will be able to improve the lives of many children. By purchasing one of the latest models of our Ladies collection, our consumers will not only feel the joy of having a beautiful timepiece on their wrist; they will also help people who need it the most.”
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