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18. July 2022


This year, the Frederique Constant collection is being extended by two editions of the ‘Runabout Automatic’ model. Limited to 888 pieces each, one version is offered in rose gold plating, the other in stainless steel. Both have a sporty, elegant look inspired by runabout boats. Runabouts were usually made of mahogany and popular for water skiing and, above all, as boats for the jet set. If you imagine Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon at the helm, you will understand why an entire watch line successfully embodies this look.

This thoroughly timeless watch with a diameter of 42 mm is suitable for both men and women and will make your wrist radiate perfectly mastered watchmaking artistry. Its dial reflects both the watchmaking legacy of the city of Geneva and undeniably modern features. The new models inherit the ‘Clous de Paris’ guilloché dial from the first Runabout Automatic. Originally, the guilloché had both a decorative and a practical purpose: it protected smooth surfaces from scratches and ensured better readability, as each micro-relief prevents direct and dazzling light reflections. The Runabout Automatic’s central guilloché pattern on a silver or black background absorbs every ray of light and gives the dial an attractive iridescent effect. The chapter ring clearly indicates the modernity of the Maison Frederique Constant. The Runabout collection is characterized by large Arabic numerals, which are complemented by a minute track in five-minute intervals. The hour indices give the dial visual depth and significantly improve legibility. The luminous-coated hour and minute hands also provide support on warm summer evenings, even at dusk or night. The hands match the color of the model’s case and are either rose gold-plated or made of stainless steel.


The stainless-steel version also features a second hand in turquoise blue; another maritime detail that evokes the source of inspiration for the Runabout collection. The stitching of the blue-grey leather strap is color-coordinated with the turquoise blue of the hands, while the rose gold-plated model is held in place by a navy blue leather strap with natural white stitching. Both new versions of the Runabout Automatic are powered by the FC-303 caliber, which offers a power reserve of 38 hours. The movement can be admired through the case back made of sapphire crystal, which is also engraved with the RHS logo. Each watch is presented in a special gift box, in which a miniature model of one of the famous wooden yachts is moored next to the watch.


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Stefan Oberleitner



mit abgeschlossener Ausbildung im Uhrmacherhandwerk für unser Patek Philippe-Team