It would be hard to envision a group better suited to creatively collaborating on a watch called the ‘Highlife’ than the RedBar Group. Founded in 2007, the convivial and community-minded approach to watches clearly has something going for it, as they’re now the world’s largest community of watch collectors. But before we touch on just what makes these RedBar editions special, let’s talk about the refreshed Frederique Constant Highlife.

The family-owned firm of Frederique Constant released a fresh take on their Highlife collection (which initially debuted in 1999) a few weeks ago, offering an appealing mix of integrated sports style and accessible luxury. The highlight of this lineup is the Perpetual Calendar, fitted with Frederique Constant’s FC-303, an in-house offering which, at under USD 10k, makes the vaunted high complication accessible to more enthusiasts than ever before. The looks-wise these watches are quite compelling too. Neatly sized at 41mm across, and with an integrated bracelet, with polished centre links for that luxurious touch, the complete package has a lot going for it.

So what has RedBar done to twist it their way? Well, the rear offers a RedBar emblazoned clear caseback, which is cool. The fact that buyers in the US can also get to make a $50 donation to a charity of their choice is even cooler, but it’s the dials that really stand out. Matte grey, with deep red highlights. The Automatic gets some pops on the minute track and a bright red seconds hand. The Perpetual Calendar wows with a blood-red moon and stars in a midnight blue night sky.

The perpetual calendar model comes with a blood-red moon, and a choice of stainless steel bracelet or a grey leather strap with red stitching.
The perpetual calendar model comes with a blood-red moon, and a choice of stainless steel bracelet or a grey leather strap with red stitching.
The automatic version comes with a vivid red seconds hand.
The automatic version comes with a vivid red seconds hand.

These changes to the regular production Highlife collection show that RedBar knows how to execute a limited edition in style. They’ve picked a cool, current model and tweaked it just enough to add some extra exclusivity and panache — nothing too over the top, but something that those in the know will instantly pick up on. Plus, the allocation (available only to RedBar members), is just right. The perpetual calendar will be quite a rare bird, with only 10 made, and the automatic, at 100 units, is still exclusive, but a little more accessible.

The watch is exclusively allocated to RedBar members only.
The watch is exclusively allocated to RedBar members only.
RedBar X Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar

Technical Specifications

Movement

FC-775 Manufacture calibre, automatic, perpetual calendar, 38 hours power reserve.

Case and Dial

Polished stainless steel, 41mm diameter, rated to 5 ATM. Grey dial with globe decoration and red details.

Strap

Integrated steel bracelet, grey leather strap with red stitch and quick-change system.

Price

USD 9,295; limited to 10 pieces

RedBar X Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic

Technical Specifications

Movement

FC-303 calibre, COSC-certified, 38 hours power reserve.

Case and Dial

Polished stainless steel, 41mm diameter, rated to 5 ATM. Grey dial with globe decoration and red details.

Strap

Integrated steel bracelet, grey leather strap with red stitch and quick-change system.

Price

USD 1,995; limited to 100 pieces