Frederique Constant is releasing a 40hz mechanical watch that uses a single-piece silicon balance in place of the traditional Swiss lever. There's a really great video at the top of this article - worth the 12 minutes to check it out. Frederique Constant is owned by Citizen - maybe we could see this tech in a Japanese watch in a few years? Here's hoping! That Accutron/Spring-Drive level of smoothness in the sweep second hand is just awesome...
Today, with review and video, we present the Frederique Constant Slimline Monolithic Manufacture, a major breakthrough for mechanical timekeeping.