Every year, Frédérique Constant presents a nautical-inspired watch inspired by Riva runabout boats, the small craft in wood and chrome that have been cruising luxury playgrounds like Portofino and Montecarlo since the 1920s. The watch brand has a partnership with the Riva Historical Society whose mission is the preservation of Riva boats. The Runabout watch is 43 mm in diameter, in natural or rose-gold-plated stainless steel. It has a display caseback revealing the movement, and the sapphire caseback window incorporates the flag of the Riva Historical society. The dial has guilloché decoration in the centre, and Arabic numerals whose arrangement creates a distinctive look. Hands and indices are coated with SuperLuminova.
The watches are powered by the FC-303 self-winding calibre, based on the Sellita SW200-1, running at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a 42-hour power reserve. The case has the standard water resistance of 30 metres.
Prices and references
The Runabout watches by Frederique Constant are two limited editions of 2,888 pieces, each supplied in a presentation box including a model powerboat. The stainless steel version, reference FC-303RMS6B6, costs €1,395, the version in rose-gold-plated steel, reference FC-303RMC6B4, costs €1,695. They have been available in boutiques since May 2016.