In 1988 Frederique Constant was founded by Aletta Francoise Frédérique Stas-Bax and Peter Constant Stas.  Based in Plan-les-Ouates in Geneva, Switzerland, Frederique Constant has been creating timeless watches that are both innovative and exceptionally designed.

Frederique Constant prides itself on its attention to detail, precision and high quality materials- it is these factors that influences Frederique Constants perceived value and ensures their growing success. What sets the company apart from others is its involvement of the watch making process: from the initial design to the final assembly and quality control, the watches are assembled in-house, by hand ensuring that only the best materials are used and craftsmanship done.

Despite their long-standing heritage in the Swiss Watch Industry, they have not allowed themselves to stale. Instead, they have kept themselves relevant by embracing innovation and creativity. In 2015 Frederique Constant created the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch displayed entirely with analogue dial, thus, a brand new watch category was introduced to the Swiss watch industry.

Every year Frederique Constant creates a limited edition watch that is nautical-inspired. This practice started in 2009 when Frederique Constant entered a partnership with the Riva Historical Society. The Riva Historical Society is a non-profit organization that seeks to help owners of still-existing Riva boats, conserve and maintain them in the best possible way. These boats inspired the “Runabout collection”.

The Runabout collection fuses the best of classic Italian style with the latest technical innovation. This year, 2016, Frederique Constant is offering two limited-edition watches.

Both versions of the Runabout watches feature a 43-mm case, in either rose gold plated or stainless steel, a diamond-hard convex sapphire crystal protecting the dial, as well as a sapphire window in the case back to display the movement. The flag of the Riva Historical Society is etched into the case back window. The wonderfully silvered or brown dials have a guilloche decoration in the center and Arabic numeral markers. The luminescent hands and indexes offer its wearers perfect readability.

These two new timepieces are powered by the FC-303 automatic caliber, which is assembled in the Frederique Constant manufacture. This self-winding caliber with its frequency of 28 800 alt/h and is 25 jewels has a 42-hour power reserve. The robust case of this sailing watch stays water-resistant down to approximately 30 meters. A black or brown strap completes this elegant and uncluttered watch. Each of the 2,888 pieces are delivered in a gift box that offers a miniature wooden powerboat that pays homage to the design geniuses of the golden age of the 1920s, where the first runabout yachts date back to.

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