LONG STANDING ITALIAN-SWISS FRIENDSHIP
Since 2009, Frederique Constant has been paying tribute to the legendary 1920s’ Runabout yachts. In 2013, the Brand started a partnership with the RHS (Riva Historical Society): a Milan-based association founded in 1988, dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic Runabout boats that were designed by the passionate boating enthusiast, Mr Carlo Riva. Piero Mario Gibellini and Carlos Riva founded this non-profit organization, whose purpose is to preserve the worldwide patrimony of this established heritage.
The Runabout range features a 42 mm stainless steel and a rose gold-plated case. The cases undergo a polishing treatment, reminiscent to the lustrous appearance of the Runabout boats. Protected by a convex sapphire crystal, the Runabout dials bear Frederique Constant’s classic hobnail pattern with a central guilloche. The Arabic numerals, indexes, and hands are completed with a luminous treatment. The final detail on the dial is the date window at 6 o’clock with a magnifying lens. Around the outer rim of the dial, the minutes are displayed. An elegant detail is the see-through sapphire case back, revealing the automatic mechanism. Distinguished by the engraving of the RHS pavilion.
LUXURIOUS WOODEN GIFT BOX
Faithful to its tradition, each of the models are delivered in a special limited-edition box including a miniature wooden replica of a Runabout yacht. Paying tribute to the iconic designs of the elegant roaring twenties sports boats.
THE AUTOMATIC ENGINE
The Runabout Automatic models are powered by a FC-303 automatic caliber. The 26 jewel Swiss-made caliber, beating at 28’800 times per hour, and a 38-hour power reserve; the movement is protected by 100-meter water-resistant case that is perfect for boating.
Since their alliance, Frederique Constant has created many limited-edition timepieces to support the noble work of the Riva Historical Society. Each piece draws inspiration from these Runabout boats’ heritage, imagery, and universe. Borrowing certain hallmarks relating to yachting and escapism, the “Runabout” line expresses the fine craftsmanship and luxury common to both enterprises and their creations. Each watch has an individual number engraved on the case back.