Swiss watch manufacturer Frederique Constant has a long-standing involvement with the world of classic cars. In 2016, these many years of tradition are now being continued, as Frederique constant has been chosen to be the official timekeeper of the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, organised by the Endurance Rally Association.
On Sunday July 17th as the drivers of the Peking to Paris rally drove through Paris to the Place Vendôme, nearly 90 percent of the cars that departed from Peking crossed the finish line. Everyone was beyond euphoric. Many of them cried, as their family and friends welcomed them back to stationary life. The 2016 Peking to Paris was a remarkable accomplishment for each team, for the cars themselves, and for all the partners, which organised and supported the race.
It was in all senses, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
So ends the 2016 Peking to Paris after 36 days – crossing 15 frontiers, driving more than 13 000km, through the greatest land-mass between two capital cities and the biggest wilderness in the world where a car can turn a wheel. It’s also been an intense adventure. Every driver who made it into Paris last Sunday morning can consider himself as a winner.
On Sunday night, more than 100 glass trophies were presented during an award gala diner, which was organised to celebrate the outstanding achievement of the Peking to Paris adventurers in the sumptuous surroundings of the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris. During the dinner, Frederique Constant founder & CEO, Peter Stas, congratulated all the participants of the Peking to Paris rally and expressed his pride to be part of this adventure.
He commented, “Frederique Constant is proud to be associating with Peking to Paris, which is one of the oldest vintage cars rally in Europe. This partnership with Peking to Paris is not a simple collaboration, it’s a sharing of values and passions for mechanics, for tradition and friendships.”
As part of its official timekeeper role, Frederique Constant was delighted to award to the winning team the 2016 Vintage Rally Peking to Paris limited edition watch. An exclusive timepiece inspired by the classic cars that took part in the Peking to Paris race.
Eminently masculine, the Peking to Paris limited watch is presented in a 40mm polished stainless steel 3-parts case. In this special edition, the subtle silver dial is contrasted with the burgundy ring that enhances the sporting nature of this watch. The pearl black Arabic’s numerals and the hands of the hour and minutes are Superluminova coated, which will glow in the darkest night. The dial also displays a date window at 3 o’clock.
The powerful and accurate FC-303 automatic movement powers this timepiece. This calibre beats at a frequency of 28,000VPH, is decorated with 26 jewels and delivers a 38 hours power-reserve. The case of this watch features a convex sapphire crystal glass to protect the dial and is water resistant up to 50m. On the back of the 2’888 limited Healey Peking to Paris models, the roadmap and the logo of the Peking to Paris rally is immortalised on the case back of the watch.
Finally, this timepiece is presented with a dark grey leather strap with red stitches and is delivered in a unique box, which includes an engraved plate with the 2016 Peking to Paris route.
You can come and discover the exclusive Peking to Paris limited edition watch at the prestigious Bucherer boutique in Paris (12 Boulevard des Capucines, 75009 Paris, France).