Saga: Frédérique Constant

This is a 30-year-young double love story : the one between Aletta and Peter Stas, founders of Frédérique Constant ; and the other that binds them to affordable luxury watches. Having been the first to open up watch dials to reveal the movement, the brand has since then succeeded in providing convincing men’s and ladies’ models across the entire watchmaking spectrum thanks to a constant stream of innovations : from its Swiss Made Smartwatch to the Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon model. Bravo, happy anniversary and… bring it on !

2004 : HEART BEA T First in-house caliber


1988: During their winter vacation, Aletta and Peter Stas decided to create beautiful designed Swiss watches at an affordable price.

1992: First collection.

1994: First Heart Beat watch.

2000: Relocation to new office in Chêne-Bourg (Geneva).

2004: First in-house caliber, birth of the iconic Heart Beat Manufacture.


2010 WorldTimer / Bestseller


2006: Opening ceremony of the new Manufacture building in Plan-les-Ouates (Geneva).

2007: Partnership with the Classic car brand Austin Healey.

2008: Introduction of the Heart Beat Manufacture Tourbillon.

2010: Expanding the Brand : official timekeeper of the Peking to Paris Rally, Charity partner of the Par Coeur Gala with Eva Longoria. Introduction of the Worldtimer Manufacture, which remains a bestseller.


2013 Runabout / Rivas meet their watch match


2013: Partnership with the Riva Historical Society, introduction of the Runabout collection. Inès Sastre becomes the Charity Ambassador.


2014: Heart beat / 10th anniversary HBM Celebration


2014: Tenth anniversary of the Heart Beat Manufacture with Carlo Lamprecht.

2015: Charity engagement with “Power of Women”.


2018: Hybrid Manufacture / First smartwatch with a mechanical movement


2016: Gwyneth Paltrow becomes Global Charity Ambassador. Launch of the Perpetual Calendar Manufacture.


2018: Tourbillon manufacture / 30 years of passion


2017: Launch of the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture.

2018: Hybrid Manufacture : first Manufacture movement with connected functionalities and caliber analytics. 30 years of Passion : introduction of the Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture limited edition.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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