First, our heartiest congratulations to our friends at Fratello who have set up shop and debuted their first collaboration watch. Not many know this, but for Robert-Jan Broer this was a dream come true. He started Fratello in 2003 because he always had the dream of becoming the owner of a watch shop, and so the website was a way for him to offer accessible vintage watches when he was still a student, before the site evolved into the watch blog it is today.
Also of course, traditional advertising is slowly fading away and the shop was a new way to keep their magazine growing in the best possible way. We agree, of course, and we have to say, the first Fratello exclusive watch is something quite special.
For their first collaboration, Fratello teamed up with Frederique Constant, who not only share their love for traditional watchmaking but also the same Dutch roots. The young company was established in 1988 by Dutch husband-and-wife duo Peter Skas and Aletta Stas-Bax, with a manufacture based in Plan-les-Ouates in Geneva, before it was acquired by Citizen Holdings in 2016. But the brand’s mission stays the same: offering exceptional, high quality timepieces that are also accessible to all watch enthusiasts, a mission that the guys over at Fratello wholeheartedly share.
Frederique Constant Manufacture Moonphase
The moon phase was one of the first complications Robert ever saw on a wristwatch as a child, and for him it was like magic. It only seemed fitting that the first exclusive Fratello collaboration watch should have a moon phase display too. The Frederique Constant Manufacture Moonphase normally comes on a blue or silver dial, but on the exclusive Fratello version, it is offered on a grey anthracite dial, an extremely pleasing and calming colour contrasted with the blue on the moon phase indication.
The watch has a polished stainless steel case and a diameter of 42mm — not a small-sized watch for sure, but the proportions of the watch are so well balanced that it doesn’t appear bulky at all. The dial is in an elegant light grey with white Roman numerals. The moon phase indication sits at 3 o’clock while the date wheel is located at 9 o’clock. The watch is matched with a crocodile leather strap and comes with a Frederique Constant signed folding buckle.
Flip over to the back, and you will be able to see the in-house automatic movement FC-712 calibre, a movement that is based on Frederique Constant’s FC-700 calibres with a moon phase complication. No detail is spared, and the movement is beautifully executed with perlage and circular Cötes de Genève decorations.
The Frederique Constant Manufacture Moonphase is produced in a limited run of 29 pieces, individually numbered on the case back. The watch is available exclusively in the Fratello Shop, and ships worldwide.
FC-712 Manufacture automatic calibre with date and moon phase; 38-hour of power reserve
42mm polished stainless steel; convex sapphire crystal see-through caseback, water resistant up to 5 ATM
Blue crocodile leather strap