Power. Precision engineering. Passion. These very words alone can stir the imagination and call to mind visions of marvelous machinery; motorcars with roaring engines and sleek styling.
This year, Swiss watch manufacturer Frédérique Constant is delighted to announce the company’s continuing partnership with just such an automobile – the iconic NOJ393 Healey. As well as participating in the event known as the International Austin Healey Pentecost, which this year was held from June 6th to 9th, near Zurich, Switzerland, Frédérique Constant’s exceptional watchmakers have created their own unique blend of passion and precision engineering in the form of the all-new Healey GMT 24H Collection.
Specific to the American market, Frédérique Constant will extend its brand message and core challenge to ‘Live Your Passion’ through partnership with The Classic Car Club of Manhattan. Spurred on by this purpose, the Swiss luxury brand has partnered with the exclusive and private club, which offers its members the keys to an expansive fleet of the world’s premier classic cars – and the only members-only club of its type in the world.
Frédérique Constant has been the official timekeeper of numerous events celebrating classic cars since the beginning of this century, and these treasures have provided recurrent design inspiration to its watchmakers in the contrastingly modern Swiss factory in Plan-les-Ouates Geneva. The brand’s timepieces are defined by their high quality, differentiation and precision in design and manufacture – ideals that create an unparalleled perception of value. This unyielding drive to celebrate objects of timelessness, along with the brand’s appeal to live a life of passionate experiences, makes Frédérique Constant’s partnerships with both the Classic Car Club of Manhattan and Austin Healey a natural fit.
This exciting new range is comprised of three watches, each of which is powered by the FC-350 Automatic GMT movement. All watches feature an excellent range of functions, including hours, minutes, seconds, date and GMT 24H. The local time can easily be set up via the hour hand. In fact, Frédérique Constant’s talented engineers have designed this “racy” range so that all features can be accessed and adjusted through the single crown. The GMT module is an in-house conceived, developed and assembled.
Featuring a 42mm diameter case and convex sapphire crystal, each watch also features a refined engraving of the NOJ393 Healey on the case back, together with a round aperture, through which the balance wheel can be seen. The date counter is at the 3 o’clock position, and the unmistakable Healey logo stands at 6 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are with a luminous white finishing, and the dials all feature a luxurious guilloche decoration. And as for offering plenty of “horsepower,” each model in the range comes with a 38-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 50 meters (5 ATM).
Two of the new models (the FC-350HVG5B4 and FC-350CH5B4) are presented with a rose gold plated case and hand-applied rose gold plated indexes. A dark brown leather racing strap further enhances the new range’s sporty image. The third model (FC-350HS5B6) in this collection comes in polished stainless steel, with a delicate silver dial, hand-applied indexes and a leather racing strap in black with white stitch accents.
Each model in the elegant Healey GMT 24H Collection will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 2,888 pieces. Every watch in the range will be delivered in a specially designed gift box and accompanied by a magnificent Healey NOJ393 car miniature model.
With a “starting line” price of just $2,295 USD, these timepieces are the perfect accessories of Gentleman drivers!