Frédérique Constant has sponsored the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, one of the world’s most prestigious showcase events for vintage wooden boats, since 2010. This year, the Geneva-based watch company salutes the event with a new limited-edition watch in its sailing-inspired Runabout collection, the Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic, available in two distinct versions.
Each of the new Frédérique Constant Runabout watches — which also pay tribute to the Riva Historical Sociey, named for boat-building pioneer Carlo Riva and dedicated to conserving and restoring his antique Runabout boats — will be produced in limited series of only 2,888 pieces. Both timepieces contain the automatic Caliber FC-393, which boasts 25 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 46 hours, and powers the watch’s functions, which include hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph.
The stainless steel case of the Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic is 42 mm in diameter and features a diamond-hard, convex sapphire crystal over the dial as well as a see-through sapphire caseback, etched with the flag of the Riva Historical Society. Both versions of the watch have silvered dials with a guilloché pattern in the center. The date window is at 3 o’clock, and the chronograph subdial counters are at 12 and 6 o’clock.
One version, Ref. FC-393RM5B6 ($3,395), has a hand-polished stainless steel case, with hand-applied pearl-black Arabic hour numerals. It comes on a deep blue “croco-calf” leather strap with white contrast stitching and a folding buckle. The steel case of the other model, Ref. FC-393RM5B4 ($3,695), has a rose-gold plating, luminous white hour and minute hands, and hand-applied, rose-gold-finished Arabic hour numerals. Its “croco-calf” strap is dark brown and also equipped with a folding buckle.
Both new Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic watch models come in specially designed gift boxes, alongside a bonus for classical boat lovers, a miniature replica of a wooden Runabout boat.