June 2017, Geneva – Frederique Constant launches two new Runabouts, paying homage to the graceful Riva boats of the 1920s where elegance and style ruled the social scene.
A Longstanding Partnership
In 2009, Frederique Constant debuted its collaboration with the Riva Historical Society alongside Piero Mario Gibellini and Carlos Riva whose sole purpose is to preserve the remaining Riva boats worldwide, and helping their owners safeguard their prized possessions in the best way possible. With the launching of these two new watches, Frederique Constant honors their commitment to preserving the Riva name and what it stands for.
From Sea to Land
In that same year, Frederique Constant launched its first Runabout timepiece named after the legendary Runabout yachts of the 1920s. Considered the European elite of Runabouts, the Riva Runabouts were originally small, fast and powerful and could welcome four to eight people; they were perfect for pleasure activities such as fishing, water sports or just cruising. Riva Runabouts are the ideal muse to draw inspiration from and design an elegant and stylish, Italian-inspired watch.
Both new versions of the Frederique Constant Runabout embody a classic, sophisticated watch featuring hours, minutes, seconds, date and a 24h GMT with a guilloché-decorated dial and applied luminous indexes. The whole is completed by a 44mm polished stainless steel 3-parts case, a see-through case back, which displays the inner workings of the FC-350 movement featuring an in-house GMT module. The first option features a silver-colored dial with a blue GMT hand with a matching navy blue leather strap. While the second option offers a dark grey dial contrasting with a white GMT hand with a light brown leather strap. Both versions are a Limited Edition of 2’888 pieces each, and are delivered in a luxurious wooden gift box including a detailed-wooden Runabout boat miniature.
The partnership between Frederique Constant and the Riva Historical Society carries on with these two new additions to the Runabout Collection, making the 1920s elegance and style live on through them.