Frederique Constant, a Swiss watch brand celebrated for its timeless designs and precision, has orchestrated a symphony with The Avener, a French DJ and producer who has taken the electronic music scene by storm. This collaboration has birthed two exclusive limited edition timepieces, each in a sleek 39-millimeter steel case, and limited to 432 pieces—a deliberate homage to the 432Hz frequency believed to be in sync with the universe’s natural pitch.
The first watch is a tribute to the nocturnal energy of The Avener’s DJ sets. Its black dial is adorned with a pattern reminiscent of sound frequencies visualized on recording studio consoles, all set against a dark blue background. This particular shade of blue holds a personal resonance for The Avener, echoing the cover of his debut album, which featured the hit single “Fade Out Lines.” The watch captures the essence of his music, visualizing a segment of a melody in a design that’s both rhythmic and meticulously Swiss.
The second watch is a testament to The Avener’s affinity for the night. It embodies elegance in all black, from its strap to its dial, highlighted by a subtle sound wave pattern in a concentric design. This design choice is a nod to the sunburst finish traditionally associated with Geneva’s watchmakers, yet reimagined by The Avener to symbolize an electro finish, with only the glossy frequency display standing out.
Both watches are powered by the FC-303 caliber movement, which offers a 38-hour power reserve and can be admired through the transparent case back. The dials are straightforward yet sophisticated, with a date window and the ‘a tempo’ inscription—an ode to The Avener’s music, indicating a return to the original tempo after a variation in a musical piece.
The union of Frederique Constant and The Avener is more than a mere collaboration; it’s a confluence of two worlds where precision meets creativity. With its modern aesthetics and versatile straps, the Highlife collection speaks to a generation that demands quality without the steep price. It’s a collection that has swiftly won the hearts of a younger, style-conscious demographic.
Conversely, The Avener, with his deep roots in music that span two decades, exemplifies the ‘Highlife’ lifestyle—his journey from the gritty depths of blues to the contemporary beats of House music mirrors the evolution and adaptability of the Highlife collection itself.
Each Highlife Automatic The Avener is presented in a meticulously crafted gift box designed to echo a musician’s flight case. This box is not just packaging but a symbol of the journey and the stage, exuding an aura of the concert life. Inside, nestled between the additional strap and a plate denoting the limited edition, lies the watch—a symbol of a shared journey between watchmaking and music, a piece of The Avener’s Highlife.
Price & Availability:
- Price: Highlife Automatic The Avener, Ref. FC-303TA3NH6B: EUR 1,995
- Price: Highlife Automatic The Avener, Ref. FC-303TA3DNH6: EUR 2,495
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