Carnelian Bay, California - On August 9 and 10, Swiss watch manufacture Frederique Constant returned as the sponsor of North America’s most prestigious wooden boat show, the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, for the third consecutive year. This year’s event featured nearly 100 vintage and classic boat entries from runabouts and racers to unique utility boats and custom built wooden yachts, dating back to pre and post World War II, including Chris Crafts, Gar Woods, and of course the legendary Rivas. Each boat, finely restored to their former glory of hand-polished wooden hulls and chrome accents, glistened on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe under clear blue skies, turning the heads of over 5,000 spectators.
World-renowned collector Alan Furth, whose collection comprised of some of the rarest and most elegant wooden boats ever built, was honored through this year’s Marque Class. During his lifetime, Alan Furth was an extraordinary force in the preservation of over 70 wooden boats, and a dedicated member of the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation.
On behalf of Frederique Constant as the sponsor of the event, Ralph Simons, President of the Americas, awarded two Frederique Constant Runabout timepieces to the winners of the Best in Marque Class and Best in Show category. “It’s a privilege and a true pleasure for our brand to be a key partner of the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance and to actively contribute to the missions and goals of the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation,” remarked Simons. “Vintage wooden boats and classical watches may be viewed as two different worlds, but we are bonded by passion. Our slogan, ‘Live Your Passion,’ embraces all of our lifestyles, from the owners who take pride in restoring and actively enjoying their magnificent boats, the visitors who share their admiration, and our passion for creating beautiful timepieces.”
Frederique Constant’s Runabout Collection, introduced in 2009, forms a tribute to the fine craft, sophistication and elegance captured in the essence of years past, as demonstrated again during this Concours d’Elegance. In the spirit of the brand, Frederique Constant also supports the Riva Historical Society, and in celebration of this partnership, has created the Runabout Moonphase Riva Historical Society Limited Edition of 1,888 pieces in stainless steel and rose gold plated. These exclusive timepieces are presented in a unique wooden gift box with a certificate of authenticity and an incredibly detailed miniature Runabout boat.
About Frederique Constant Founded in 1988 by Aletta and Peter Stas and driven by passion, Frederique Constant has grown into one of the larger Swiss watch manufacturers. The brand offers creativity at exceptional value and positions itself in the Accessible Luxury segment, with most of its watches selling at USD 1’000-5’000. Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality, differentiation and precision in design and manufacture. To ensure maximum quality, each Frederique Constant timepiece is assembled by hand and extensively controlled with latest equipment at its Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The Frederique Constant Collection is available through a selection of leading watch and jewelry retailers across the Americas, and in over 100 countries around the globe.
About Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance and the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation Founded in 1972 by a group of Lake Tahoe Yacht Club members with a passion for wooden boats, the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance has taken place uninterrupted since the start, and developed into one of the most prestigious shows of its kind. From this modest beginning, the Lake Tahoe Concours d' Elegance has grown to play a significant role in the wooden boat community, as well as the Lake Tahoe maritime community. The Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation has hosted the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance since its induction in 1994, focusing on growing the show, maintaining the quality of boat exhibits through the highest of judging standards and practices, and most importantly sharing the passion of wooden boats between exhibitors and public. Since 1994, Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation has raised and donated more than $200,000 to local groups and projects.
About the Riva Historical Society In 1998, the Riva Historical Society was founded in Milan, Italy by architect Piero Gibellini and fellow Riva owners - including Carlo Riva, who is the society’s Honorary President - with the primary objective to locate and aid in the conservation of classic runabout boats that were designed by boating enthusiast Mr. Carlo Riva. The RHS achieves this by helping Riva Runabout owners maintain their boat and restore them to their original beauty. The society also provides education through the collection of research and studies to its RHS members around the world.
For more information about Frederique Constant, the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance and the new Runabout Riva Historical Society Collection, please contact Lisa Paonessa via 1-646-478-6899 or email@example.com