Frederique Constant has grabbed HODINKEE headlines in recent years by offering in-house movements at an affordable price point. We showcased the brand's Classics Manufacture earlier in March and its Worldtimer complication last year. Without a doubt, Frederique Constant has demonstrated skill at catering to fake watch enthusiasts who desire both quality and accessible pricing. Now the brand is making waves again ?only this time in the water. While this new chronograph doesn't feature an in-house movement, it has a lot to offer.
A few weeks back, Frederique Constant released its new "Runabout?range at the 42nd Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, a prestigious wooden boat show that the watchmaker has sponsored for the last four years. Nearly 100 vintage runabouts and racers made it to this year's event. The dock showcased models of Chris-Craft, Gar Wood and the renowned Riva, the latter of which Frederique Constant has sponsored by partnering with the Riva Historical Society (a Milan-based association that is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic runabout boats).
If you're not familiar with Carlo Riva, or handcrafted wooden powerboats at all for that matter, you should know that they exuded unmatched class on the water in the 1950s and '60s. Here's a photo of one docked in front of what appears to be a Lamborghini GT350.
It needs no further explanation that wooden runabout racers are a matter of luxury and more importantly, of style. Enter Frederique Constant and its Runabout range of timepieces.
The Runabout range features two new chronograph models. One, the FC393RM5B4, comes in a round 42 mm rose-gold-plated steel case that is polished throughout. The dial features a recognized Frederique Constant design trait ?a centered guilloché hobnail pattern in silver. Rose-gold plating decorates the dial in the form of applied Arabic numerals and lance alpha hour luminous hands.
Two chronograph-counter subdials are superimposed on the guilloché center ?a 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock; both feature an inset ring pattern. The final complication is a conservative date window at 3 o'clock, which doesn't crowd the dial due to an absence of a 3 o'clock (and 9 o'clock) hour marker.
Interestingly enough, Frederique Constant also forwent the addition of a running seconds display. (Then again, seconds don't matter when you're docked ?they only matter when you're Runabout-ing on the lake.) That spirit of performance is tastefully accentuated in the piston chronograph pushers and their own hobnail guilloché pattern for added grip.
Inside the Runabout chrono is the automatic FC-393, which is a modified ETA 7750 and a powerboat of a movement in itself. It beats 28,800 times per hour and has a 46-hour power reserve. The case is water-resistant to 5 ATM and is available in rose gold and stainless steel (the FC-393RM5B6), the latter of which features pearl-black Arabic numerals and is served on a deep blue croco-calf strap with white stitching.
Both the rose gold-plated and stainless-steel Runabout models are limited to 2,888 pieces and are offered at $3,095 and $3,395, respectively. Each is delivered in a special edition box set and comes complete with a miniature wooden powerboat that pays homage to the Riva Historical Society, and commemorates the 42nd Annual Lake Tahoe Concours D'Elegance. You can read more about the new Frederique Constant Runabout Chronographs here.Frederique-constant Introducing The epure Collection From Boucheron Live Pics Pricing 8641