Earlier this year Frederique Constant got a great deal of press with the horological savvy; something that didn’t make us exceptionally eager, it must be said (an excessive amount of hardware for a wrist watch as we would see it.) Today anyway we can share the information on another watch that puts a grin all over, just on the grounds that it’s A) extremely alluring and B) in an intriguing value range. Meet the Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic.
The Swiss watch brand Frederique Constant was established in 1988 by my individual compatriots Aletta and Peter Stas. The company has become a colossal achievement, for the most part in the value range that we generally don’t cover here on Monochrome (sub 1k), anyway with their new in-house developments the assortment becomes significantly more of an interest, due to the ‘mechanical content’. The Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic that we have close by here, is fueled by a rethought development with a chronograph module (undoubtedly by Dubois-Depraz.) That may be less leaving than an in-house development, anyway it likewise permits Frederique Constant to keep the cost sensible. Retail is € 2.850 for the steel adaptation and € 3.200 Euro (counting charge) for the rose gold plated variation.
Gold-plated? Indeed, gold-plated! That’s something you won’t see much here on Monochrome, since we ordinarily cover the higher finish of the range, anyway it is something that is utilized in the watch business for an enormous scope. For example when you’re searching for vintage chronographs (on Ebay or Chrono24) you will regularly see vintage watches with a gold case and a steel case-back. This is normally a sign that the gold case is really gold-plated. Since the gold-plating done to keep the cost reasonable, it would look bad to gold-plate the case back too, and it would just build the cost. This likewise permits Frederique Constant to offer a particularly pleasant looking chronograph for simply finished € 3k. In full gold it would be twofold or perhaps triple the price.
For many years Frederique Constant has been associated with classic car rallies, and the brand is a longstanding accomplice of the (late) Austin Healey vehicle brand. To underline this organization, Frederique Constant has presented a few watches with the logo of Austin Healey on the dial, and these two chronographs are the most recent to be added to the collection.
As we previously referenced, inside ticks a reevaluated development that is liable for showing hours, minutes, seconds and the date. It additionally controls the estimating of slipped by time by methods for the chronograph, which is begun and halted by the pusher at the 2 o’clock position, and the pusher at 4 permits you to reset the chronograph counters to zero. Calibre FC-397 has 25 gems and a 46-hour power reserve.
The case estimates 42 mm in distance across, and highlights a convex sapphire gem over the dial, and a level glass sheet permit a pleasant view on the development. While it’s clear that the treated steel form has a silver dial with applied silvered records, the photos are less clear about the dial shade of the rose gold plated rendition. It looks dark, anyway as per the data we got, it is really dull green. This dim green dial highlights rose gold plated applied records, and, similar to the silver dial, includes a motor turned example and the Austin Healey logo.
The Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic comes on a calfskin tie with enormous rally-style openings; something that we here at Monochrome truly appreciate! A dark lash for the steel variant, and an earthy colored tie for the rose gold plated version. Both are restricted to 2888 numbered pieces and come with a Healey NOJ393 vehicle small model.