Frederique Constant Unveils the Limited Edition Highlife Heart Beat Heritage Watch
In celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the original Highlife Heart Beat collection, the new timepiece is limited to just 222 pieces.
Frederique Constant pays tribute to the Highlife Heart Beat model launched 22 years ago, by introducing a special edition of 222 pieces reinterpreting the initial design into a contemporary look.
Faithful to the original collection from 1999, the 2021 Highlife Heart Beat Heritage special edition is designed according to the same Frederique Constant objective of producing finely crafted, Swiss Made, affordable timepieces engineered for everyday use.
Housed in a 41mm case featuring a resolutely modern design, this model features the Heart Beat opening at noon, enhanced by blue Arabic numerals inspired by the original oversized markers.
The oval juxtaposition of the discreet Frederique Constant engraved crests in the center of the dial have transformed into an engraved globe decoration, for an understated and minimalist design. The blue hour and minute hands also echo the initial creation’s, setting a perfect contrast between the elements of the dial.
Finally, the integrated ostrich strap has evolved into an integrated and interchangeable strap - still made of the same leather. A quick release system allowing its wearer to change the look of according to the day or mood.
Embodied in a unique design, the first Highlife collection featured the brand’s emblematic Heart Beat aperture, still associated today as one of the brand’s distinctive designs by many collectors. At 12 o’clock, this aperture revealed the inner workings of the movement and the rotation of its balance wheel, the watch’s beating heart, for the greatest pleasure of mechanical timepieces aficionados.
The story behind this discreet aperture at 12 o’clock has much to do with youthful inexperience. In 1994, Frederique Constant was a new and entirely independent family-owned company enjoying phenomenal growth. The collections were rich, the new models diverse. It was a time for expansion, every detail exhibiting originality. The Heart Beat was an expression of this, though Frederique Constant neglected to protect it. The design was never patented, and due to its success and the legal loophole that allowed for royalty-free use, countless brands have copied the Heart Beat aperture.
True to the brand’s DNA, the new Highlife Heart Beat limited edition is retro yet modern and inspired by the most stunning examples of traditional fine Swiss watchmaking with high-quality finishing. Designed for the next generation of collectors eager to embrace iconic luxury Swiss Made timepieces, this special edition offers a new interpretation of the Heart Beat design that has proven to transcend fashions and trends.