RUNABOUT RHS CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC
In 1988, over 30 years ago, a young and independent family company was established in Geneva, the heart of the Swiss watch industry.
Meanwhile, on Italian shores, an association was set up to celebrate La Dolce Vita by preserving the famous Riva.
This legendary yacht, the first examples of which were made by hand entirely out of wood, embodied the easy-going Italian way of life from the 20s to the 60s. In 2009, the two entities came closer together, giving rise to a continued partnership, the fruit of which can be seen in the Runabout collection.
This year, Frederique Constant is introducing its new Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic model in honour of this collaboration and available in two limited series each composed of 2,888 pieces.
The chronograph makes a comeback
The 2020 collaboration will see the return of a complication that hasn’t been available for some years: the chronograph. It even echoes Riva's sporting past. From 1962, it produced certain models with a powerful motor (2 x 185 bhp) for enjoying the heady exhilaration of water sports on Lake Iseo, birthplace of the Riva.
Housed in a 42 mm steel case, the two new Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic models share a tricompax chronograph (12 o’clock – 6 o’clock – 9 o’clock) powered by the automatic FC-392 calibre, ensuring a power reserve of 46 hours. The Swiss origins of these timepieces are revealed through the guilloché dial - a traditional finish in Swiss Made Fine Watchmaking - either anthracite grey or silvered, depending on the edition.
Each watch will be presented in a special case with a miniature replica of the legendary Riva moored alongside it.