Already in the early 18th century, Genève became known as a major center for the creation and production of fine timepieces. Since then, the Genèvese watchmakers have risen to unparalleled heights in the Art of Horology. The first users of timekeepers were astronomers who were responsible for the most significant inventions: the pendulum clock and the watch balance spring.
Most of the world's best known watch manufacturers are based in Genève . Cross-fertilization between companies as well as co-operation with suppliers enable independent manufacturers to remain at the forefront of precision watch making. Watchmakers are the most important assets of a watch manufacturer, since each watch is individually assembled by hand. Watch making schools in Genève and La Chaux-de-Fonds have educated
most of the watchmakers at Frederique Constant. Many of them gained experience in the ateliers of renowned brands before joining Frederique Constant. Yet pure capabilities alone are only part of the equation; to be successful, a watchmaker at Frederique Constant must be truly passionate about his or her work.
The name 'Frederique Constant' has been created from two names:
The current Managing Director of Frederique Constant S.A., Peter Stas,
is a 4th generation descendant of Mr. Constant Stas, who founded his company in 1904, making printed clock dials for the watch industry.