The distinctive Frederique Constant Moon Timer replica (ref. FC-330B6B6) automatic wrist watch comes equipped with the same automatic movement as their rectangular-shaped Carree Moonphase Date model, but is presented in a sportier, medium-sized body that reminds us about pocket watch-based models from the 1930s and perfectly matches its irresistibly vintage-styled dial layout.
Since the watch is equipped with their well-known Caliber FC-330 automatic movement (it is based on the Sellita SW200 ebauche,) the date is indicated not in the usual aperture, but using a red-tipped arrow-shaped hand that points at 31 white Arabic numerals printed on the flange. The moonphase indicator is conveniently placed at 6 hours where we usually expect it to be.
The timekeeper’s face, as you can see on the pictures (I don’t know why did they use HDR effect on these photos, so don’t ask me,) offers highly legible, high-contrast layout with white hands and Arabic numerals looking especially sharp on the matte black, grainy background of the dial. Curiously, the new timekeeper seems to be more in line with the Heritage model range that was recently updated by their sister brand Alpina.
If the hour and minute hands were not just a trifle too short, I could even call the design of this dial flawless.
Although the movement is quite compact, the body of the new FC Moon Timer measures in whole 43 millimeters in diameter. However, the case seems to be quite slim (for a model powered by a standard self-winding movement) so, overall, the Frederique Constant Moon Timer watch replica doesn’t look too massive, even on a normal wrist.
Besides the classic black leather strap that is shown on the photos, there will also be a polished stainless steel bracelet as a second option. Still, to me, the leather strap looks like the best choice in this particular case.
The watch was officially presented in the beginning of this month during the Baselworld 2012 show, so there is a good chance that the Frederique Constant copy watch will be available internationally in the next couple of months.