FREDERIQUE CONSTANT – VINTAGE RALLY HEALEY CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIQUE
VINTAGE ENGLISH SPORTS CAR STYLE
The fruit of a partnership with Austin Healey, this chronograph takes us on a journey back in time, to a period when British cars blended sport and style.
The design of the Vintage Rally Healey Chronographe Automatique takes its inspiration from the world of classic motor car racing. So the chronograph sub-dials in bicompax position – “30 minutes“ at 3 o’clock and “seconds“ at 9 o’clock – recall the round headlights on a 1950s Austin Healey or the counters on the dashboard behind a beautiful wood steering wheel in the cars made by the British brand. The hour and minute hands move across a very simple silver dial with a guilloché finish at the centre. The shape of the monopushers evokes engine pistons. All the features on the dial of this watch made by Frédérique Constant are enhanced by the elegant 42-mm rose-gold case.
In terms of the mechanism, this chronograph (ref FC-397HV5B4) is driven by an automatic FC-397 movement, guaranteeing 46 hours of power reserve once wound to the maximum. The workings of the calibre are revealed through the sapphire case back.
The Vintage Rally Healey Chronographe Automatique comes with a racing-style brown leather strap with perforations recalling those on racing drivers’ leather gloves. A Healey logo at 6 o’clock is a reminder that this model belongs to the attractive Vintage Rally collection. The chronograph is presented in a gift box with a miniature 1/18 replica of an Austin Healey. And unlike the other versions on offer in the collection, this is not a limited edition!
Price: €2,990 frederiqueconstant.com
By Dan Diaconu