HEALEY AUTO SMALL SECONDS
Frederique Constant has a long-standing commitment in supporting vintage car rallies. Live your passion is the slogan of our Maison. And at Frederique Constant we do have a passion for vintage cars. Over the past seventeen years, the Maison has been closely associated, often as the Official Timekeeper, with international events such as the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, the Carrera Panamericana, Retromobile car shows or European Healey meetings.
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This collection is based on a close collaboration with the Austin-Healey car brand, the two brands having joined forces back in 2004. Counting many years of fellowship geared around sport and watchmaking, theirs is one of the most enduring associations in the industry, reflective of the unbreakable bond the two maisons share in drawing on tradition to create thoroughly retro designs in a modern interpretation, especially for those who truly appreciate craftsmanship and elegance.
Equipped with the automatic FC-345 caliber, the Vintage Rally small second displays hours, minutes, small seconds and date. Providing a 38-hour power reserve, the watch is water resistant up to 5 ATM (50 meters) and beats at 4 Hz (28’800 alt/h).
LUXURIOUS GIFT BOX
Each piece comes in a collector’s gift set, complete with miniature replica of the NOJ393.
The piece with its convex sapphire glass has an off-center small second hand at 9 o’clock. This very traditional complication has only surfaced once in almost 20 years. It is counterbalanced at 3 o’clock by a date window. Running around the dial is the flange complete with 60-minute scale, all set within a 40 mm diameter case, a favorite with collectors on account of its timeless quality. The perforated leather strap recalls the upholstery of the beautiful cars from the 1940s to the 1970s, as well as the gloves worn by gentlemen drivers in their element. Most of the casebacks of the Vintage Rally models are engraved with a Healey being driven at full throttle; the famous Healey 100S NOJ393 was purchased by a collector for £155 in 1969 and sold for nearly €1 million in December 2011.
Authenticated by the original “Healey” logo marked on the dial, these Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds are in fittingly short supply, with only 888 pieces of each one available.