Frederique Constant launches two new Runabout GMT models


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Back in 2009, the Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant formed a partnership with the Riva Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving existing Riva boats. With the help of their friends, the society’s founders Carlo Riva and Piero Maria Gibellini help the boats’ owners in conserving their precious possessions in the best way possible. Introduced in the 1920’s, the Riva Runabouts were at first small, fast and powerful and designed to accommodate four to eight passengers. As such, they were great for not just racing but also for pleasure activities like water sports, fishing or just cruising. The boats built by the legendary Italian motorboat designer Carlo Riva in the 1950’s and 1960’s are considered by many to be the prime European examples of Runabouts. It was in this period the Runabouts peaked in popularity, featuring such celebrity owners like Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers, Brigitte Bardot and many more.

Each year, as a part of their ongoing partnership with the Riva Historical Society, Frederique Constant celebrates these historic boats by introducing a runabout-inspired watch. The timepieces from the Runabout collection are characterized by their elegant and stylish design. So far, the series has featured several models including a chronograph, a moonphase, and an automatic. This year the Geneva based watchmaker is proud to introduce a GMT model. The new Frederique Constant Runabout GMT Automatic is available in two stainless steel versions, both limited to 2,888 pieces. Priced at CHF 1,595, the new Runabout GMT Automatic models are available for buy at the brand’s stores and authorized Frederique Constant retailers. Continuing its partnership with the Riva Historical Society, Frederique Constant further establishes its commitment to preserving the Riva name and what it stands for.

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The Runabout GMT Automatic comes in two steel versions

 

Classic and sophisticated, the new Frederique Constant Runabout GMT Automatic models both feature a 42 mm 3-part stainless steel case. The cases are water resistant to 50 meters and feature a see through display back decorated with the engraved flag of Riva Historical Society. The reference FC-350RMG5B6 features a dark grey dial with silver-colored indexes and hands and white GMT hand, while the reference FC-350RMS5B6 has a silver-colored dial with pearl black hands and indexes and blue GMT hand. Both dials feature a beautiful guilloché decoration in the center. Running around this decoration is the second timezone track. Completing the dials we have the date window sitting at 6 o’clock.

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Both models feature dials with guilloché decorations

 

Inside these two Runabout GMT Automatic watches we have the Frederique Constant’s caliber FC-350 with 26 jewels. Essentially an automatic movement with a GMT module, this self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and enables a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. Some of the caliber’s components are visible through the transparent sapphire back. The reference FC-350RMG5B6 comes with a light brown leather strap while the reference FC-350RMS5B6  features a navy blue leather strap. Both new Frederique Constant Runabout GMT Automatic watches are presented in a luxurious wooden gift box featuring a detailed wooden Runabout boat miniature.

 

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