Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture – the world’s first 3.0 watch


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Coming from Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant is a new innovative watch – the Hybrid Manufacture. Part smartwatch and part mechanical piece, the watch was introduced two days ago at a special event held at the Carpenter’s Gallery in New York. For this occasion, the company partnered with acclaimed Oscar nominated actor Mark Ruffalo. After Peter Stas presented the Hybrid Manufacture, the actor had a Q&A with Entertainment reporter Bill McCuddy. After that, the president of the Frederique Constant Group announced the company’s donation of two of the first Hybrid Manufacture watches to a charity auction that will benefit The Solutions Project, a non-profitable organization that Mark Ruffalo is leading to move us to clean, renewable energy.

Frederique Constant Hybrid 3.0 Watch Launch with Mark Ruffalo

Also present at the launch event was the acclaimed Oscar nominated actor Mark Ruffalo

 

So why the “3.0 watch” you might ask? According to Frederique Constant, this is because the Hybrid Manufacture combines three unique watchmaking technologies: 1) manufacture, 2) smart watch functions, and 3) caliber analytics. Entirely developed, produced and assembled in-house, the Hybrid Manufacture FC-750 caliber combines mechanical and electronical components. The mechanical part of the movement is responsible for hours, minutes, seconds and date (6 o’clock). This self-winding mechanism operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The electronic module is powered by a rechargeable battery that can last up to 7 days. One of the biggest challenges the designers faced with this part was how to eliminate the negative magnetic effects between the mechanical and the electronical components. The solution was to create a unique, patented anti-magnetic shield case.

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The patent-protected Hybrid Manufacture FC-750 movement combines mechanical and electronical components

 

By pressing the pusher at 9 o’clock, the user can Bluetooth connect the Hybrid Manufacture to its dedicated iPhone app. On the watch’s dial, the smart functions located in a counter at 12 o’clock. These functions include activity tracking (number of steps), sleep monitoring, worldtimer (second time zone plus local 24h time), and dynamic coach. In addition to these, the Hybrid Manufacture also includes the Caliber Analytics. The engineers at Frederique Constant created an algorithm that measures rate of the movement, amplitude and beat error. The results are sent to the app via Bluetooth and can be seen in the form of graphs over time. Once each day, the watch automatically (no requested action from the user) analyzes the health of the mechanical caliber.

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There are four different versions, three in stainless steel, and one in rose gold plated stainless steel

 

The new Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture is available in four 42mm versions: three in stainless steel, and one in rose gold plated stainless steel. Each model is water resistant to 50 meters and has a sapphire caseback. Three models (rose gold and two in steel) feature guilloché-decorated dials with Breguet-style hands and black printed Roman indexes. The third steel models also features a guilloché-decorated dial, but with sportier luminous hands and applied indices. This also the only model to be issued as a limited edition (888 pieces). Each watch comes on a stylish alligator leather strap. The latest Frederique Constant watch is delivered in a special wooden winder box which acts as both the charger for the electronical Smartwatch functionality and the winder for the mechanical part of the movement. The user can remove the charger from the box and, using an USB cable, charge the watch anywhere.

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Each model is delivered in a special wooden winder box which acts as both the charger and winder

 

 

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