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Frederique Constant - Vintage Rally Healey Automatic

Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Automatic

Two new models that will appeal to gentlemen drivers in love with vintage cars.

The Vintage Rally "Healey" limited editions were created as a result of a partnership between the Frederique Constant Manufacture and the Austin-Healey car brand. Established in 2004, the bond has never been broken; seventeen years of allegiance and fellowship between watchmaking and mechanics, punctuated by rallies, meetings, races and a shared passion for retro design. 

The previous edition of the Vintage Rally Healey Automatic dates back to 2018. Now it’s back in the spotlight, thanks to two new three-hand models with date, offering a more urban design.

Vintage Rally Healey Automatic

Vintage Rally Healey Automatic © Frederique Constant

Stylish and timeless, the first model features a 40 mm rose gold-plated case that coordinates with the index hour markers and hands. For optimum legibility, they are all enhanced by a luminous treatment. The flange counts down the minutes against a chocolate coloured background that matches the perforated calfskin strap, recalling those of the legendary rally watches in the first half of the 20th century, and underscoring the neo-vintage quality of the piece.   

Vintage Rally Healey Automatic

Vintage Rally Healey Automatic, stainless steel, Healey green dial © Frederique Constant

The second version’s entire dial is adorned with the deep, bold green colour of the Healey company. A study in contrast and a return to the roots of one of the most iconic rally car colours, "British racing green" has long been associated with the vintage Austin Healeys that are especially desirable among collectors now.  While the last time this "British racing green" was used was on a chronograph model from 2018, the revival of this shade on a three-hand model enables the wearer to subtly show off their love of vintage cars without compromising the timeless elegance of a more urban timepiece, complete with legendary perforated brown calfskin strap.

Vintage Rally Healey Automatic

© Frederique Constant

 

Each of the models features an automatic FC-303 calibre with a date window at 3 o’clock and a power reserve of 38 hours. 

The backgrounds of the watches have been engraved with the famous Healey 100S NOJ393 that was purchased by a collector for £155 in 1969 and sold for nearly €1 million in December 2011. Underneath is the individual serial number for each piece, strictly limited to 2,888 units, which comes in a collector’s gift set complete with miniature replica of the NOJ393. 

Price : pink gold plated model : 1750 € / green stainless steel model : 1450 €.

Vintage Rally Healey Automatic

© Frederique Constant

 

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