GENEVA—Frederique Constant is once again making waves with the launch of two new Automatic Runabouts with an Italian nautical inspiration. The two pay tribute to the 1920s Riva boats.
Since 2009, Frederique Constant has collaborated with the Riva Historical Society: a Milan-based association founded in 1988 dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic Riva boats. Piero Mario Gibellini and Carlos Riva founded this non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve the worldwide patrimony of the established Riva heritage.
To celebrate this partnership, each year Frederique Constant creates a limited-edition Runabout timepiece inspired by the timeless 1920s Riva boats. The handcrafted wooden powerboats take you on an adventure of the Italian dolce vita. Both brands, Frederique Constant and Riva share the values of precise engineering and timeless elegant designs.
Ever since it was first launched, the Runabout automatic collection has been a success. Frederique Constant is honored to pursue this collaboration with Riva and contribute to maintain the patrimony of the classic yachts.
The Runabout range features two new automatic models: a 42 mm stainless steel and a rose gold plated case. The cases undergo a polishing treatment, reminiscent of the lustrous appearance of the Riva boats.
Protected by a convex sapphire crystal, the watch's navy-blue dial bears Frederique Constant’s classic hobnail pattern with a central guilloche which breaks up the dial. The Arabic numerals, indexes, and hands are completed with a luminous treatment. The final detail on the dial is the date window at 6 o’clock with a magnifying lens. Around the outer rim of the dial, the minutes are displayed.
Both models are powered by an FC-303 automatic caliber. The 26 jewel Swiss-made caliber, beating at 28’800 times per hour, and a 38-hour power reserve; the movement is protected by 100-meter water-resistant case that is perfect for boating.
An elegant detail is the see-through sapphire case back, revealing the automatic mechanism. It is also distinguished by the engraving of the Riva Historical Society flag. To complete the look of these watches, the straps are made of navy leather with white stitching.
Both the stainless steel and rose gold-plated Runabout models are exclusively limited to 2,888 pieces. Faithful to its tradition, each of the models are delivered in a special limited-edition box including a miniature wooden replica of the Riva boat. They are an unquestionable tribute to the iconic designs of the elegant roaring '20s sports boats.
About Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant is a watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers—21 different versions since 2004. In 2015 Frederique Constant introduced the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch, powered by MMT SwissConnect and entirely displayed with an analog dial, thereby creating an entirely new watch category in the Swiss watch industry. Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra-modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers.
Visit the Frederique Constant flagship store at the Ground Level of The Podium mall to learn more. Also available in TEMPUS stores located at SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Center Cebu and SM Lanang Premier and at THE WATCH STORE SM Cebu.