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  • Kristian Haagen

Frederique Constant x Seconde Seconde

For his inaugural collaboration with Frederique Constant, seconde/seconde/ set out to illuminate what he perceives as the brand's paramount strength (and perhaps occasional frustration): the meticulous hand-assembly of its timepieces.



At first glance, the Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture appears deceptively ordinary. The impeccably polished three-part 42mm stainless steel case, the subtly shimmering matte silver dial, and the seamless moonphase and date display all exude a sense of classic refinement. Yet upon closer inspection, a delightful twist reveals itself.





The applied hour markers exhibit a charmingly irregular arrangement, seemingly dispatched in an offbeat manner. The script of the logo and the date indication possess a whimsical handwritten quality. Even the moonphase disk's depiction of the moon and stars bears a charmingly uneven, hand-drawn aesthetic.


For seconde/seconde/, however, this departure from perfection is deliberate: a whimsical gesture meant to underscore the artisanal craftsmanship inherent in Frederique Constant's Slimline Moonphase Date Manufacture.



On the flip side of the case, an open display caseback features a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer that encapsulates this unexpected and unparalleled collaboration: “How do we tell the world that manual-assembly is at the core of our Manufacture? We asked artist seconde/seconde/. He took it too far”.


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