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    Re: Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    Love my FC-303, not a luxury piece but a great classic looking entry level dress watch for the money. Pretty hard to beat.

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    Re: Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by VicLeChic View Post
    Love my FC-303, not a luxury piece but a great classic looking entry level dress watch for the money. Pretty hard to beat.

    You really have to see these in person to appreciate the dial. I wish I had the moonphase version though.

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    Re: Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    My experience is they are very nice for the money. Fit and finish is very good and the in-house movements are lovely.

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    Re: Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    I think they are a black sheep of the luxury watch world, not unlike Bremont or Hublot. That is, they are technically a luxury brand and the people who favor them like them a lot, but the watch cognoscenti largely turns their noses up at them most of the time, to the point of even making fun of the brand whenever it comes up in discussion, which it rarely does.

    So I would say that if you really like an FC offering, there's no reason not to buy one, but understand that it's not going to hold value and watch people will likely not be impressed by it. Maybe that's not fair, but it is what it is, and better you should know before buying one.

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    Probably entry level luxury? nice watches but huge discount at grey market. The market prices for pre-owned are very low.

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    Re: Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by tycdavd View Post
    Probably entry level luxury? nice watches but huge discount at grey market. The market prices for pre-owned are very low.
    I would second that. They are working their way up the ladder though.

    Very solid and good offerings with lots of in house movements of great quality and exceptional value for money.


    https://www.watch-rankings.com/watch-rankings/

    These guys have it at basic luxury but from their own ranking attributes they should be ranked higher. As some of their watches are hand assembled and made, having in-house movements.

    Watches in profile....

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    Re: Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    I own a couple FCs and have been pleased with both. They look great ... one is a Rally Healey chrono, and the other is their Classic Index, which has become one of my go-to dress watches. I get the fact that some watch snobs turn their noses up, but I really don't care. They're great value for the money, the design and finish is great, and I enjoy them. Good enough for me!

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    Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    FC runabout GMT was my first luxury watch purchase back in 2017. It is beautiful in every way. I have enjoyed it immensely. It dresses up but I can wear it for function when necessary.

    I chose my FC for a recent trip to NYC because I didn’t want to have to worry during airport screening. My Rolex, Grand seiko, Iwc and omegas all stayed home.

    For the ~$1000 I spent on it I have gotten the value out of it through use. And it still looks new.



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    Re: Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    High quality? Yes
    Attractive dress watches? Yes
    Swiss movements? Yes
    Luxury? No

    Of course, other educated people are welcome to disagree! It's something entirely based on perspective, I think.

    They are low end Swiss, which while high quality probably isn't considered luxury. I consider the comparison to jewelry. What level does jewelry have to be to be considered "luxury"? Certainly not something on the lower end of affordability. Or compare to automobiles. Would some in the US consider any car made in Germany to be luxury? Probably. But I would not, saving that term for the higher end, hard to obtain BMW and Mercedes models.

    Using the car analogy, FC is a Toyota. High quality, but not luxury, even if some of their models are appointed with leather and wood trim.

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    Re: Is Frederique Constant considered a luxury brand?

    There's too much "car analogy" around these parts.
    Quote Originally Posted by PistolPeteSTL View Post
    High quality? Yes
    Attractive dress watches? Yes
    Swiss movements? Yes
    Luxury? No

    Of course, other educated people are welcome to disagree! It's something entirely based on perspective, I think.

    They are low end Swiss, which while high quality probably isn't considered luxury. I consider the comparison to jewelry. What level does jewelry have to be to be considered "luxury"? Certainly not something on the lower end of affordability. Or compare to automobiles. Would some in the US consider any car made in Germany to be luxury? Probably. But I would not, saving that term for the higher end, hard to obtain BMW and Mercedes models.

    Using the car analogy, FC is a Toyota. High quality, but not luxury, even if some of their models are appointed with leather and wood trim.

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