Frederique Constant – Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic – Trends and style

In 2022, Frederique Constant celebrates the 70th anniversary of its longtime automotive partner Austin-Healey and renews its intangible loyalty with two exclusive limited editions. For the occasion, the new mechanical chronograph, the Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic, has adopted the British Racing Green color of the legendary classic car with the number plate NOJ393. With a bicompax dial and two racing red hands, this timepiece is produced in two versions: the first, limited to 10 watches with the number 70 visible at midday, and the second, with a production run of just 700 watches, with the “12”. in its normal place.

Three letters, three digits: NOJ393. This is the license plate of the famous Austin-Healey 100S bought in 1969 by a fan of the iconic car. It was the result of collaboration between the Austin Motor Company and that of the driver, Donald Healey, also a creator and designer. A responsive and excellent racing car, the only one of its kind, one of the last original cars of which was this famous NOJ393, bought at the time for £155. When it was sold in December 2011, it fetched 1 million euros.

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic © Frederique Constant

This extraordinary enthusiasm demonstrates the appeal of the old Austin Healey to collectors of beautiful machines. Its perfectly controlled lines, rounded and taut at the same time, have made it a model of styling. Its legendary “British Racing Green” finish has become a classic. 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of this legend, whose main partner since 2007 has been Frederique Constant in Geneva. The opportunity to offer classic car enthusiasts a collector’s item to wear against the skin: the Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic.

Two limited series, one DNA in common

The new Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic is offered in two versions that share a 42mm steel case and a common look. Except for one small detail that makes the difference: only 10 watches will be produced from the first, and instead of the index “12” around noon, Frederique Constant has placed the “70”, marking the birth of the Austin company Healey. The second watch, limited to 700 pieces, favors watchmaking tradition, with the number 12 in its usual place and the inscription “70th Anniversary” at 6 o’clock.

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic © Frederique Constant

In race mode

The motor: the mechanical self-winding caliber FC-397. On the rev counter: 28,800 beats per hour. Its tank: 48-hour power reserve. Body: British Racing Green. Dashboard: Bicompax, in the purest watchmaking tradition. On the left the seconds counter for the timing part; on the right the minute counter of the chronograph. The index and the timer are rendered in pure white for perfect legibility on the frosted dial, essential for a watch dedicated to motorsport. The racing spirit of the piece is emphasized by the two chronograph hands, which stand out in their bright red: the central hand for the seconds and the one at three o’clock for the 30-minute countdown.

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic © Frederique Constant

The two central hour and minute hands and the indices are silver-colored and printed with a luminous material. Along the 12 o’clock-6 o’clock axis, the two logos of the House answer each other, a symbol of their long and faithful association: “Frederique Constant – Geneva” at midday, “Healey” at six o’clock, in its legendary original script.

As for the chassis, the watch is closed by an open back to the movement and etched with a “Limited Edition XX/10” or “Limited Edition XX/700” number. The watch is worn on an asphalt black strap, finished with two topstitching like two white lines that mark the edges of the circuit. To perfect this motorsport parallel, the new Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic comes in its dedicated case, along with a miniature replica of the famous NOJ393.

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic © Frederique Constant

Lasting Loyalty

The union of Frederique Constant and the Austin-Healey company is no coincidence. Both companies are driven by the same passions and values ​​that brought them together in 2004 and that continue to this day: a love of beautiful machines, precision, a celebration of timeless design, the combination of leather and metal, comfort and, above all, a certain art of life. Frederique Constant’s Vintage Rally collection, dedicated to this partnership, is all that… and more.

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic © Frederique Constant

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