Frederique Constant, the Riva Historical Society and their ongoing passion for Runabouts
As a tribute to its partnership with the Riva Historical Society, Frederique Constant celebrates famous Runabout yachts of the Roaring Twenties by creating an attractive series of limited edition timepieces every year.
Frederique Constant embodied its brand message to ‘Live your passion,’ returning to the 43rd Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance as a title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. This 2015 collectors’ event and prestigious wooden boat show took place on the Lake’s West Shore at Obexer’s Boat Company. This year’s event featured nearly 100 vintage and classic boat entries from runabouts and racers to unique utility boats and custom built wooden yachts, dating back to pre and post-World War II, including Chris Crafts, Gar Woods, and of course the legendary Rivas. Each boat, finely restored to their former glory of hand-polished wooden hulls and chrome accents, did glisten on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe under clear blue skies, and turned the heads of over 5,000 spectators.
“The Frederique Constant brand is thrilled to celebrate the 2015 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance – an exclusive event that is visually spectacular and a homage to true purveyors of luxury. For the past 5 years, we have shared our passion for heritage wooden boats with esteemed collectors and visitors of the Concours alike,” said Peter Stas, CEO of Frederique Constant. “Our continued partnership serves as a reminder to enthusiasts of both boats and fine Swiss timepieces to ‘Live Your Passion’, a calling that has served as our company’s lifestyle directive and slogan.”
Handcrafted by its passionate watchmakers, the Brand introduces this year a new “Runabout Moonphase Automatic” with 2 new limited editions.
With a case diameter of 40mm, offered in both stainless steel and rose gold plated, the watches feature hand-applied Arabic indexes with a silver –partly guilloché- dial, protected by a diamond-hard convex sapphire crystal. Both models feature a see-through case back, allowing owners to view the internal workings of this mechanical timepiece.
Functions of the watches include hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month and a moonphase feature.
The new Runabout is powered by the FC-365 automatic caliber, which has 25 jewels and a 42 hours power reserve. Thanks to the resistant sapphire crystal glass and the water resistance to 50 meters the watch is as durable as stylish. As an acknowledgement of the work they do and the passion with which they do it, the Riva Historical Society flag is etched into the case back glass.
With its luxurious leather strap either brown or black and despite all its many functionalities, the Runabout watches retain a classical look that would suit any occasion.
Each new Runabout Moonphase Automatic model is limited to 2’888 pieces and is delivered in a special gift box with a miniature replica of a wooden boat.