New Maritime Versions of the Runabout Chronograph Automatic from Frederique Constant

With blue dials reminiscent of the seas, these timepieces are the perfect accompaniment for fine summer nights

Swiss watch manufacturer Frederique Constant has long had a unique connection to the oceans, as evident, for instance, in its partnership with the RHS or Riva Historical Society—an association of amateurs and collectors of the famous Italian boat known as the Runabout. This is also the starting point of the Runabout Chronograph Automatic collection. This year, the collection welcomes two new limited-edition models of 888 pieces each. And at the center of each design is the color blue: the hue of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic, the sky and space.

The new Runabout Chronograph Automatic pieces feature a 42mm polished case with two push-pieces to start, stop and reset the stop-watch. With an anti-glare sapphire glass bezel, it features a guilloché pattern that will play with the reflections of light like sun on the waves. This guilloché center is surrounded by a satin-finish hour circle to which luminescent Arabic numerals are applied superimposed by large, also luminescent, hands. At 6 o’clock a date windows stands out, thus offering the piece perfect harmony with its stop-watch balanced against the signature of the maison at 3 o’clock. The watch is worn on a navy-blue calfskin strap with off-white overstitching.

What sets the two models apart is the choice of material. The first new Runabout Chronograph Automatic model comes in plated pink gold, while the second comes in a more modern bright steel case.

As mentioned earlier, these are limited edition models. This distinction is engraved on the back of each watch: There’s the individual number and an original imprint representing the official RHS flag, featured on the sapphire crystal. On that note, the transparent case back also offers a stunning view of the FC-392 calibre powering the watch. As a final exclusive touch, each of these Runabout Chronograph Automatic pieces is presented in a special case with a miniature replica of a wooden Runabout boat moored alongside the watch.