After the undoubted success of the “Runabout” launch, Frederique Constant is bringing out 3 all-new special edition “Runabout” watches in limited editions of 1888 pieces for each series, in honour of the brand’s continued involvement and support of the annual “Helice Classique” yacht meet. Organised by the Societe Nautique de Geneve, the “Helice Classique” brings together many of the remaining Runabout yachts, yachts that today, as in their heyday, symbolise elegance, sophistication and ageless design. And it is this that makes the partnership between Frederique Constant and the Helice Classique so apt, so perfect, because the same values and qualities are true for the “Runabout” watch series.
The star of the series, though, is the new Runabout Manufacture Power Reserve, with its Manufacture power reserve movement, which has been completely designed and constructed in-house, making it a true masterpiece and a monument to the design geniuses of the golden age of the 1920s. Presented in steel, the 43mm bevelled case is hand-polished and exposes a finely decorated ‘Clous de Paris’ guilloche dial in the centre. The polished indexes mirror the case and allow for an exceptionally clear reading. The delicate power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock lets the owner of the watch check the remaining power of the watch, (which, however, has an independence of 42 hours). The marine heritage of the “Runabout” watch is shown on the case back with an engraving of the propeller of the yacht and a porthole through which the manufactured movement can be clearly seen.
The two new Runabout Automatic models complete the Runabout series, and are also limited to 1888 pieces each. These new Runabout Automatic models are either in steel or in rose gold plated versions, and both models feature automatic winding. The fine “Clous de Paris” guilloche decoration in the centre and the applied and hand polished Arabic indexes provide an elegant finish to these models. Each new timepieces comes in its own handmade wooden gift box that echoes the magnificent craftsmanship of the yachts. Each watch is also offered with a miniature reproduction of one of these classic boats.
Frederique Constant has once again delivered on its promise of providing an outstanding, but affordable, luxury timepiece, drawing on a rich heritage of tradition while remaining resolutely contemporary. The passion for immemorial design and technical excellence shines through in the ongoing relationship between the Helice Classique yacht meet and the Frederique Constant “Runabout” range, symbols both of living life to the full and an unalloyed passion for yesterday, today and tomorrow.