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9. July 2021


For over 15 years, enthusiasts of the mechanics have been celebrating the reunion of the automotive industry and the art of watchmaking with Frederique Constant’s limited edition Vintage Rally series, a tribute to the legendary Austin-Healey car brand.

Today, three new models are added to this tradition, in various retro variations that are as striking as they are elegant.

It has become a ritual that enthusiasts of the Geneva-based Maison have come to expect with precise regularity: every year, Frederique Constant offers new models from the emblematic Vintage Rally collection, the only one the Maison has ever designed for collectors of beautiful cars.

What does the automotive industry have in common with watchmaking? A love of mechanics, precision, an appreciation of timeless classics, the combination of leather and metal, comfort and, above all, a certain lifestyle. The Vintage Rally collection from Frederique Constant is all that … and much more.

It is based on a close collaboration with Austin-Healey. The two brands came together in 2004. With 17 years of sporty, precise friendship on the counter, this partnership is one of the oldest in the industry and transforms the unwavering bond between the two Maisons into a common goal: to develop contemporary creations of today based on tradition, reserved for lovers of quality and elegance.

Over the years, the Vintage Rally collection has seen a number of fast-paced vintages. However, the 2021 edition is one of the rarest, with three models on offer. Still, there isn’t necessarily one for everyone: true to their tradition of rarity, each of the three Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds is released in an edition of just 888 pieces, and all bear the original ›Healey‹ logo on the dial.

The green version is probably the most iconic of them all. The rich hue is reminiscent of the legendary Austin-Healey colour and takes over the entire dial. This ›English green‹ is rich in contrast and synonymous with a return to the roots of one of the most legendary colours of rally cars, which also characterized early Austin-Healey models that are particularly sought after by collectors today. For this model, Frederique Constant has opted for applied, silver luminescent indices that are larger than the others at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock – one of the features of the Vintage Rally collection.

An off-centre small second can be seen at 9 o’clock. This particularly classic complication has only been seen once in almost 20 years. A date window at 3 o’clock provides visual compensation. Around the dial, the watch is fitted with a chapter ring for the 60-minute scale. The case has a diameter of 40 mm, which is particularly popular with collectors due to its timeless character.

Finally, special attention has been paid to the perforated strap: on this ›English green‹ model, it is made of brown leather. This colour, which cannot be found anywhere else on the watch, is as reminiscent of the seats of vintage cars from the 1940s to 1970s as it is of the gloves of the gentlemen at the wheel who set off into the distance.

The second version of the new Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds has a completely different aesthetic: it is completely grey. The simple, modern mouse grey can be seen on both the dial and the strap. These ›fifty shades of grey‹ of the creation extend across the stainless-steel case, the leather strap, the dial, the indices and the hands. Each element reflects its own unique light as you drive along sun-drenched roads.

 The last of the three versions is the most classic, true to the Geneva Haute Horlogerie that Frederique Constant has always represented. The case is gilded with rose gold, which can also be found on the indices, hands and crown. In contrast to the warm, rose gold colour is the midnight blue dial, whose colour is also picked up by the bracelet. By day and by night, this latest vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds shines with classic, traditional elegance.

The case back of all three new versions features an engraving of an Austin Healey in full swing: the famous 100S with the license plate NOJ393, which was purchased by a collector for 155 pounds in 1969 and sold for almost one million euros in December 2011. Each example comes with a miniature replica of the NOJ393 in a collector’s box.

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Stefan Oberleitner



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