Watches can be more than just a timepiece, and this is the case with the new model of Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown. A fresh take on the classic design, its elegance shows through.
In 2019 the Frederique Constant signature timepiece, the Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown returned to the collection. It was first introduced to the Swiss firm in 1997, by C0-Founder Peter Stas who is a passionate sailor.
The Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown offers a technical solution to an essential part of yachting and competitive regattas, the countdown to the start of the race. Classically stylish its new look is the height of luxury sports chic, crafted to allow the owner to enjoy regattas and relaxed pontoon times alike.
Housed in an elegant 42 mm polished stainless-steel case, the new Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown showcases an anthracite grey dial, playing on the colour harmony.
Influenced by beautiful examples of traditional luxury watchmaking, this new dial features a guilloché decoration. An age-old finish allows the light a regular pattern, enabling it to dance, stretch out, be reflected, like waves and swells, providing the owner with an ever-changing appearance depending on the viewing angle.
Enhancing the design characteristics, a matching stainless-steel strap made up of alternating polished and satin-finished links, fastened with a folding buckle is provided.
The case houses the automatic FC-380 calibre. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph, it has a power reserve of 48 hours and is guaranteed water-resistant to 10 ATM (100 metres).
The dial is embellished with a broad hour and minute hands enhanced by a luminous treatment and complemented by an orange hand that accentuates the sporty look. At 12 o’clock, it sits precisely in the centre of a luminescent double index hour marker.
The central complication being the countdown is located under the latter where five openings can be seen. At the top of the dial, each dot relates to one minute. Depress the button at the top to start the first countdown, gradually turning all the dots from grey to white. When all five dots are white, five minutes have elapsed.
The second countdown, the final five minutes prior to the start signal, then begins automatically. This time, the five dots gradually turn orange. When the 5th and final dot have lit orange and the second’s hand is at 12 o’clock, the race is on.
Luxury Watchmaker, Frederique Constant is located at Plan-les-Ouates, in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland. The House covers all the manufacturing steps of the watch production. The design process through to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant creates, and builds its calibres in-house, boasting a collection of 29 different models imagined since 2004.
Frederique Constant deputed the first Swiss Horological Smartwatch in 2015, displaying time in an entirely analogical mode on a classic dial. Marking the foundation of a brand-new category of watches in Swiss watchmaking.
Frederique Constant watches are characterised by very high quality, unique features and the precision of design. Every watch is handmade using the most modern equipment and undergoes thorough checks to ensure the highest quality and most extended life. Innovation is a constant feature of their work to produce timepieces which are actively creative and of exceptional value.
Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown is priced as the two-tone model already in the collection: €3,495 (recommended retail price). Available with a rubber strap at no extra charge for an even sportier look.
For more information, visit www.frederique-constant.com.
This article was written by Jeremy Webb.
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