Frederique Constant Launches Two New Limited Edition Timepieces

Frederique Constant has had a long-running partnership with the British car maker, Austin-Healey. 

To celebrate Austin-Healey’s 70th anniversary, Frederique Constant released two watches. Both the watches have chronograph movements and are identical except for the top hour markings. One version has the regular applied “12” at the twelve o’clock position and a “70th Anniversary” line above the six o’clock position. In comparison, the other version comes with a celebratory “70” marking on the dial at the twelve o’clock position. The chronograph with the celebratory “70” is limited to just 10 pieces, whereas the former is limited to 700 pieces.

The Dial

Frederique Constant’s new chronograph stands out with its new dial. The dial has a matte British Racing Green dial as an ode to Austin-Healey’s racing heritage. The red chronograph hands provide optimal readability, and all the printing on the dial is in white for contrast.

Frederique Constant went with two sub-dials instead of three. It keeps the dial balanced and clean. With the third sub-dial removed, you miss out on the hour counter for the chronograph.

The Movement

The heart that powers this watch’s engine is a caliber FC-387 based on an ETA chronograph movement that provides 48 hours of power reserve. You are also greeted by a display case back where you will find your unique number out of 10 or 700, depending on which model you opt for. 

The Case

The case size is 42mm, and it’s made out of stainless steel. The watch comes on a black calf leather strap with contrasting off-white stitching and a lug width of 21mm. 

The Set

When you buy one of these Austin Healey limited edition from Frederique Constant, you get treated with a unique packaging experience. Each watch comes in a presentation box with a scale model of an Austin-Healey 100s for all those Healey enthusiasts, which I’m sure would make for an excellent mantle piece.

Pricing

The Frederique Constant Austin-Healey limited edition chronograph comes in at 2,595 Euros or USD 2,781. Both versions share the same price tag, so if you want a “70” dial, you may want to rush to the website as soon as possible. They are available through authorized dealers worldwide.

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