Frederique Constant has unveiled an exclusive collaboration by teaming up with the talented musician The Avener to create a captivating dual limited-edition release. This partnership combines the sophistication of timepieces with the allure of music, offering a unique collection for enthusiasts seeking elegance and a touch of musical flair in their accessories.
Frederique Constant and The Avener have been working on the collection together, and have launched a pair of limited-edition pieces housed in a 39-millimeter steel case designed by the artist, with 432 of each available. That number is no accident: 432Hz is widely held to be the perfect frequency, delivering all the calm of absolute harmony. Each watch bears an inscription dear to the artist: 'a tempo', meaning 'return to the original speed.'
On one side stands the Highlife collection. Since its return to the center stage in 2020, it has won over a younger pop-urban generation with Swiss watchmaking available at affordable prices. Each of these modern timepieces features interchangeable integrated straps. First with a choice of steel or black rubber, the second with the option of rubber or nubuck, both in black and a subtle, elegant style encapsulated in a 39-millimetre steel case. On the other side is The Avener. With more than one million albums sold since his first release, the artist has already spent 20 years establishing himself in the Electro scene. Aged just 36, the inspiration for his eclectic output ranges from the depths of the blues to modern House music which embodies the essence of the Highlife generation.
Each dial is decorated with a motif echoing the sound waves of those hits as depicted on studio monitors. In the first piece, they run across the Highlife dial in blue on a black background reminiscent of the late-night sets played by The Avener. The shade of blue has particular significance for The Avener: it was used on the cover of his first album, ‘Fade Out Lines’. It’s as if the timepiece has captured a fragment of his music, depicting a few bars of the score.
The second timepiece is evocative of The Avener’s night-time sets, with a black strap, black Diamond Like Carbon case, black dial, luminous black coating, and a date window with a black background with the frequencies monitored on a recording studio console depicted by a subtle interplay of reliefs and finishing in a circular layout. Only the hands and hour markers stand out to mark the time. The sound wave pattern here is concentric, radiating out from the center in a nod to the sunburst finish in the form of an electro finish from which only the frequency display emerges in glossy relief.
The gift box is an original design for these limited editions. It takes the form of a replica flight case resembling those used by musicians when touring. With an abundance of reinforcements, the flight case is an embodiment of concerts and the backstage atmosphere and hints at valuable gear stored within. It’s the perfect setting for an artist’s Highlife, in the center of a black interior between the additional strap and the limited edition plate.
Frederique Constant's exclusive limited-time pieces offer a harmonious blend of artistry and precision, inviting enthusiasts to embrace the enchanting symphony of these timepieces during the holiday season. These delicately crafted watches capture elegance and musical allure, creating an experience that resonates with the melodies of calmness and the beauty of shared moments.
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