Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

Anchors away for Frederique Constant and the Riva Historical Society

Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic
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In 1988, over 30 years ago, a young and independent family company was established in Geneva, the heart of the Swiss watch industry. Meanwhile, on Italian shores, an association was set up to celebrate La Dolce Vita by preserving the famous Riva. This legendary yacht, the first examples of which were made by hand entirely out of wood, embodied the easy-going Italian way of life from the 20s to the 60s. In 2009, the two entities came closer together, giving rise to a continued partnership, the fruit of which can be seen in the Runabout collection. This year, Frederique Constant is introducing its new Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic model in honour of this collaboration and available in two limited series each composed of 2,888 pieces.

Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

A long-standing Italian-Swiss friendship

Since their alliance, Frederique Constant has created many limited edition timepieces to support the noble work of the Riva Historical Society. Each piece draws inspiration from Riva’s heritage, imagery and universe. Borrowing certain hallmarks relating to yachting and escapism, the “Runabout” line expresses the fine craftsmanship and luxury common to both enterprises and their creations.

Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

The chronograph makes a comeback

The 2020 collaboration will see the return of a complication that hasn’t been available for some years: the chronograph. It even echoes Riva’s sporting past. From 1962, it produced certain models with a powerful motor (2 x 185 bhp) for enjoying the heady exhilaration of water sports on Lake Iseo, the birthplace of the Riva.Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

Housed in a 42 mm steel case, the two new Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic models share a tricompax chronograph (12 o’clock – 6 o’clock – 9 o’clock) powered by the automatic FC-392 calibre, ensuring a power reserve of 46 hours. The Swiss origins of these timepieces are revealed through the guilloché dial – a traditional finish in Swiss Made Fine Watchmaking – either anthracite grey or silvered, depending on the edition. Two luminescent hands glide over a date window at 6 o’clock and are complemented by a large central seconds hand in blued steel, recalling the colour of the great Italian lakes. This maritime hue is picked up in the topstitching on the version that comes on a black calfskin leather strap and adorns the strap on the second model, which is finished with grey topstitching.  Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

Two limited series

The exclusive nature of these editions, each of which is strictly limited to 2,888 pieces, is indicated on the back of each watch in two places. Firstly, by the individual number engraved on each watch. And secondly, by an original imprint representing the official Riva Historical Society flag, which features on the sapphire crystal of the watch. Through it, fans of watchmaking will be able to appreciate the Frederique Constant FC-392 calibre in detail, ticking at 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz), complete with a gold-coloured oscillating weight.Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

Each watch will be presented in a special case with a miniature replica of the legendary Riva moored alongside it.

Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

About Frederique Constant

Frederique Constant is a Swiss watch manufacturing company domiciled in Geneva. It was founded in 1988 by a couple of independent entrepreneurs, Aletta and Peter Stas, to offer quality Swiss watches at competitive prices, with a view to democratising luxury Swiss Made watches.

Frederique Constant creates, develops, assembles and checks a wide variety of mechanical, quartz and connected timepieces at the same time within its 6,200 m2 Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates (GE). Up to now, Frederique Constant has designed 29 Manufacture calibres, including high complications, such as the Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar and Flyback Chronograph.

In 2015, Frederique Constant launched the Horological Smartwatch, the first Swiss Made connected watch with traditional styling. Powered by a connected module, the Horological Smartwatch represents a new segment in Swiss watchmaking. In 2018, the Classic Hybrid Manufacture succeeded it, combining a mechanical movement with intelligent features and an integrated calibre analysis system. It was followed by the Smartwatch Vitality line in 2020. Equipped with a new generation built-in heart rate sensor, it features a classic dial, combined with a digital display that is revealed on demand.

Frederique Constant currently has some 3,000 points of sale in 120 countries around the world. In 2016, the Frederique Constant group (Frederique Constant, Alpina Watches, Ateliers deMonaco) joined the Japanese group Citizen, so as to pursue its international development and nurture new synergies.

Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic Technical Specifications and Price

Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic Reference FC-392RMG5B6
Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic Reference FC-392RMG5B6

Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic Reference FC-392RMG5B6

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds,
  • chronograph

Movement

  • FC-392 calibre,
  • automatic with chronograph
  • 25 jewels,
  • 46-hour power reserve,
  • 28’800 alt/h

Case

  • Polished stainless steel 2-parts case
  • Diameter of 42 mm
  • Convex sapphire crystal
  • See-through case-back
  • Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial

  • Grey dial with silver colour applied indexes with luminous
  • Hand-polished silver colour hours and minutes hands with luminous and light blue seconds hand

Strap

  • Dark grey calf leather strap

Limited edition

  • Limited to 2’888 pieces

Price

  • 2’695€
Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic Reference FC-392RMS5B6
Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic Reference FC-392RMS5B6

Frederique Constant Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic Reference FC-392RMS5B6

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, seconds,
  • chronograph

Movement

  • FC-392 calibre,
  • automatic with chronograph
  • 25 jewels,
  • 46-hour power reserve,
  • 28’800 alt/h

Case

  • Polished stainless steel 2-parts case
  • Diameter of 42 mm
  • Convex sapphire crystal
  • See-through case-back
  • Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial

  • Silver color dial with silver applied indexes with luminous
  • Hand-polished silver color hours and minutes hands with luminous and dark blue seconds hand

Strap

  • Navy calf leather strap

Limited edition

  • Limited to 2’888 pieces

Price

  • 2’695€

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