A Frederique Constant signature timepiece, the Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown made its return to the watchmaking scene in 2019. It joined the Maison’s collections as early as 1997 at the instigation of its co-founder Peter Stas, who is passionate about sailing and the open sea himself.
A fresh take on sailing in watchmaking
Frederique Constant’s Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown offers a technical complication popular with fans of yachting and regattas: the countdown to the start of the race. Its classically stylish new look is the epitome of luxury sports chic, designed for regattas and relaxed pontoon times alike.
Housed in an elegant 42 mm polished stainless-steel case, the new Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown presents an anthracite grey dial, playing on the colour harmony. Inspired by the most stunning examples of traditional luxury watchmaking, this new dial features a guilloché decoration. This age-old finish affords the light a regular pattern, where it can dance, stretch out and be reflected, like waves and swells, presenting an ever-changing appearance depending on the viewing angle. To complement this elegant symphony of tones, this new version comes with a matching stainless-steel strap made up of alternating polished and satin-finished links, fastened with a folding buckle.
Within the case is the automatic FC-380 calibre. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph, it has a power reserve of 48 hours and is guaranteed water-resistant to 10 ATM (100 metres).
Ingenuity and simplicity
The dial is embellished with broad hour and minute hands enhanced by a luminous treatment and complemented by an orange hand that accentuates the sporty look. At 12 o’clock, it sits precisely in the centre of a luminescent double index hour marker. Under the latter are the five openings that form the Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown’s central complication: the countdown.
Located at the top of the dial, each dot represents 1 minute. Pressing the button at the top starts the first countdown, gradually turning all the dots from grey to white. When all 5 dots are white, 5 minutes have passed.
The second countdown, the final 5 minutes before the starting signal, then begins automatically. This time, the 5 dots gradually turn orange. When the 5th and final dot has turned orange and the seconds hand is at 12 o’clock, the regatta is officially underway.
Consistent with its positioning, the new Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown costs the same as the two-tone model already in the collection: €3,495 (recommended retail price). Available with a rubber strap at no extra charge for an even sportier look.
About Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant is a watchmaker located at Plan-les-Ouates, in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland. Our House is involved in all the manufacturing steps of the watches, from the initial design to the final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, makes and assembles its calibres in-house and boasts a collection of 29 different models imagined since 2004.
In 2015, Frederique Constant launched the first Swiss Horological Smartwatch, displaying the time in an entirely analogical mode on a classic dial. This marked the creation of a brand-new category of watches in the Swiss watchmaking sector. Frederique Constant watches are characterised by their very high quality, their unique features and the precision of their design and manufacture. The value of the products is perceived through the quality of the design, materials and manufacture, a key factor in our success. Each watch is assembled by hand using the most modern equipment and undergoes thorough checks to ensure the highest quality and longest life. Innovation is a constant feature of our work to produce timepieces which are strongly creative and of exceptional value. Our cutting-edge factory covering 6,200 m² in Geneva offers the best environment for our watchmakers passionate about their work.
Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown Technical Specifications
- Hours, minutes, seconds,
- 10 minutes regatta countdown
- FC-380 calibre,
- automatic with a countdown function
- 25 jewels,
- 48-hour power reserve,
- 28’800 alt/h
- Polished stainless steel 3-parts case
- Diameter of 42 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal
- See-through case-back
- Water-resistant up to 10 ATM
- Grey dial with Guilloché decoration and applied silver color indexes and luminous
- Hand-polished silver color with luminous hours and minutes hands, orange seconds hand
- Stainless steel bracelet
- One extra rubber strap is coming with the watch
- € 3,495
Less than 3 timepieces available