Classic Date Manufacture:

Three new steel versions and a brand new Manufacture movement

It’s still a Classic, but with some major new features: the Classic Date Manufacture now sports the new FC-706 Manufacture caliber with a 72-hour power reserve and a five-year warranty. The steel case has been resized to a slightly smaller 40mm, a classy and classic diameter housing a new dial free from figures. Slim hour markers and a ‘railtrack’ minute circle encompass a sunburst dial finished in silver, black or salmon. 


Each of the three timepieces benefits from a major movement upgrade. The legacy calibres and their 38-hour power reserve have been replaced by the new FC-706 Manufacture movement with a power reserve of 72 hours – equivalent to three whole days and beating at a rate of 4Hz.  


The central hour and minute hands are now diamond-cut, too; they and the central seconds hand are hand-polished, redone in the Alpha style to match the profile of the hour markers. The complete absence of Roman or Arabic numerals makes telling the time more intuitive. A new ‘railtrack’ minute circle bears witness to the accuracy of the hours and minutes indications, while an onion-type crown sits at 3 o’clock.  

The highly minimalist ethos adopted for the dial has led to a full redesign of the hour markers, hands and minute circle. The applique hour markers are diamond-faceted, polished and slightly smaller at 5 and 7 o’clock, so as to give plenty of space to the date display and hand at 6 o’clock.  


The ethos of the new models is all about refinement, starting with a considerably slimmed-down case diameter of 40mm instead of the previous 42mm. The smaller size actually makes the dial look more open and unrestrained than ever before, while the sunburst finish gives it a constant, gentle gleam. The silver and salmon dial versions are especially bright, while the third variation and its black dial offer a darker, more contemporary alternative. 


A new finish has been applied to the bridges, thoroughly redesigned to house the new larger-capacity barrel. The new decorations include beading and a fan-shaped Cotes de Genève finish replacing the previous circular motif. To top it all, the Classic Date Manufacture now comes with a five-year warranty.  


The first variation comes on a chocolate-brown alligator strap, with a salmon dial and silver hour markers and hands. The date and minute indications are black to ensure optimum readability. The same logic applies to the second option, with a silver sunburst dial on a navy blue alligator strap. The third model adopts a more contemporary contrast with a silver case, hands and hour markers and an all-black sunburst dial borne atop a matching alligator strap.