Frederique Constant celebrates the memory of the Austin Healey sports cars by adding new models to its Vintage Rally collection
Frederique Constant Is delighted to unveil the new, Vintage Rally limited edition watches inspired by one of the most beautiful British sports cars in history, the Austin Healey. Classic cars and mechanical watches have always made the perfect match, as they are both reliable, precise and sophisticated marvels. Like the engineers that designed the Austin-Healey cars, the Frederique Constant designers share the same passion for timeless mechanisms and engineering perfection. Passion has always been an important part of the company’s DNA, as Frederique Constant encourages people around the world to pursue their passion. This is one of the reasons Frederique Constant began a longstanding partnership with the Healey car brand 12 years ago.
As part of this partnership, Frederique Constant was very honoured to welcome 80 passionate classic car enthusiasts from the French Healey car Club to its Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates. Gathering people sharing the same irresistible fascination for technical excellence; Frederique Constant seized this opportunity to unveil in exclusivity, to real Austin lovers, the new vintage rally timepieces – which encountered a wide success.
Sleek and pure curves Inspired by the classic and sports car of yesterday these news models are presented in a 40mm polished 3-part case, either in stainless steel or rose gold plated. Each of the three versions, feature a colour ring on the dial – a subtle wink to a car’s steering wheel. The Arabic numerals and the hands of the hours and minutes are Superluminova coated, which will glow in the darkest night. Completing the dial is the date window at 3 o’clock and the Healey logo at 6 o’clock.
Just like the Austin Healey performances, the Frederique Constant FC-303 automatic movement encased in the Vintage rally is a monument to quality and accuracy. This Swiss-made calibre beats at a frequency of 28,000VPH and delivers a 38-hour power reserve. It also drives the hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. These new watches are secured to the wrist with a skin-friendly, dark grey leather strap finished with either white or red stitches that give a sporting allure to the watches.
Limited to just 2'888 numbered pieces, the case back is engraved with a Healey car and the individual number of the watch. Finally, every timepiece comes with a beautifully designed gift box and a magnificent Healey NOJ393 car miniature model.