Frederique Constant – The Runabout Moonphase & Date

Frederique Constant Runabout Watches celebrates the legendary Runabout yachts of the roaring 20s

Since 2009, Swiss watch manufacturer Frédérique Constant celebrates the legendary Runabout yachts of the roaring 20s by offering at the annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance in Carnelian Bay an attractive series of limited edition timepieces named “Runabout”.

To complete the best-selling range, the Geneva-based brand introduced a new version this year: Frédérique Constant Runabout Moonphase & Date.

Featuring a case diameter of 43mm and presented in stainless steel or rose gold plated, the new Runabout Moonphase & Date watches offer finely decorated silvered dials. With a delicate guilloche decoration at the centre, hand-applied Arabic indexes, perfectly positioned Day, Date and Moonphase indicators. These watches exude an uncluttered elegance, just like the Runabout yachts by which they are inspired. Through the engraved sapphire case-back, the decorated automatic movement can be admired. Traditionally, each Runabout timepiece comes with its own luxurious, handmade wooden case that echoes the passionate craftsmanship of the yachts. Alongside the watch, a miniature reproduction of a classic Runabout boat can be found inside the unique gift box.
Like all Frederique Constant Runabout watches, these models are available in a limited quantity of just 1,888 pieces per material.

More than 100 classic and antique boats and over 5,000 visitors gathered in 2011 at one of the world’s most renowned mountain lakes. The 39th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance in Carnelian Bay, CA took center stage, showcasing the best vintage boats from North America, and competing in 13 specialized classes for top honors and triumphant glory.

The award-winning boat was a 1939 Gar Wood. A 19 foot runabout with 103 horse-power 6 cylinder Chrylser engine, owned by Jonathan and Jean Trevillyan of Acton, CA. The 1939 Gar Wood was awarded the best Marque Class and Best Overall Boat in Show.  Jonathan and Jean Trevillyan were also bestowed with an example of a Frédérique Constant Runabout timepiece.