Ever since Frederique Constant launched its first Runabout timepiece in 2009, classic boating enthusiasts have joined watch collectors in their pursuit of the limited edition series. Traditionally styled, competitively priced, and typically delivered in a value-added package that includes a scale-model Riva Runabout, the timepieces are annual reminder of what appears to be among the most complementary watch partnerships in the business.
You’ll recall that the Italian-built Riva Runabout yachts of the 1920s were considered the most desirable among this boat class. The handsome crafts were small, fast and powerful and could easily fit four to eight people for a day of fishing, sports or just cruising. Frederique Constant debuted its collaboration with the Riva Historical Society to help preserve the remaining Riva boats worldwide.
This year Frederique Constant continues this tradition with a 44mm steel ode to classic Italian Riva boats that features a GMT hand gliding atop a guilloché-decorated dial with applied (luminous) indexes. Black or silver dial versions are a limited to 2,888 pieces each, and both feature the same Sellita-based FC-350 automatic movement featuring an in-house GMT module, made visible via a sapphire caseback.
The first Runabout option features a silver-colored dial with a blue GMT hand with a matching navy blue leather strap. 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 the much-anticipated wooden gift box that includes a detailed wooden Riva Runabout boat miniature. Price: $1,795