Frederique Constant returns as the Official Timekeeper of the 42nd Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance
Homewood, Lake Tahoe, CA (August 8th, 2014): Swiss watch manufacture Frederique Constant embodies its brand message to ‘Live your passion,’ returning to the 42nd Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance as a title sponsor for the fourth consecutive year. Held on August 8th – 9th, the 2014 collectors’ event and prestigious wooden boat show will relocate to the Lake’s West Shore at Obexer’s Boat Company.
This year’s event will feature nearly 100 vintage and classic boat entries from runabouts and racers to unique utility boats and custom built wooden yachts, dating back to pre and post-World War II, including Chris Crafts, Gar Woods, and of course the legendary Rivas. Each boat, finely restored to their former glory of hand-polished wooden hulls and chrome accents, will glisten on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe under clear blue skies, turning the heads of over 5,000 spectators. In addition, Frederique Constant will sponsor two very special packages for out of town guests, partnering with the Concours d’Elegance and Squaw Valley Resort. The ‘Frederique Constant Gold Package’ and the ‘Frederique Constant Stainless Steel Package’ will offer visitors exclusive discounts to all events and an unparalleled experience of these timeless vessels.
“Frederique Constant has been proud sponsor of the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance since 2010. The beautiful classical wooden sportsboats are inspiration for our super successful Runabout watch collection, and exemplify the company’s core challenge to Live Your Passion,” said Frederique Constant CEO, Peter Stas. Spurred on by this purpose, the Swiss luxury brand has partnered with the exclusive collector’s event, the Concours d’Elegance in Lake Tahoe and will award two Runabout timepieces to the winners of the Best in Marque Class and Best in Show category. Additionally Frederique Constant watches will be showcased in a marina-side booth, purchasable through the brand’s retail partner, Harland Watch and Diamond of Reno.
Passion comes in many forms. Mr. Carlo Riva exhibited his passion through the design of the sleek, wooden power boats that graced the planet’s finest lakes from 1950. In 1998, the Riva Historical Society was founded with the aim of locating and aiding in the conservation and restoration of the magnificent Riva boats. This year again, Frederique Constant is delighted to announce their continuing partnership with the Riva Historical Society. As a salute to the iconic Riva water craft and the passion that spawned them, Frederique Constant introduces the 2014 limited edition Runabout Chronograph Automatic Collection.
The new range features two models. Only 2,888 of each will be produced. Both are powered by the ultra-precise FC-393 automatic chronograph movement, offering 28,800 beats per hour, 25 jewels and an appreciated 46-hour power reserve. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, date and a mechanical chronograph. The date window is located at the 3 o’clock positon. If you want to wear your new Chronograph Automatic while you’re out on the waves, you can, this model is water resistant to 50 metres.
With a case diameter of 42mm, the dial is protected by a diamond-hard convex sapphire crystal, and both models feature the exceptionally popular see-through case back, allowing owners to view the internal workings of this mechanical marvel. As an acknowledgement of the work they do and the passion with which they do it, the Riva Historical Society flag is etched into the case back glass.
The FC-393RM5B4 comes with a striking rose gold plated case, with a wonderfully contrasting silver dial featuring a guilloche decoration in the center. The hour and minute hands are luminous white. The Arabic numerals are finished in rose gold and hand-applied. A luxurious crococalf leather strap in dark brown with a folding buckle completes the stylish and timeless look of this model.
The FC-393RM5B6 is the next in the new range. It features a gleaming, hand polished stainless steel case. The lustrous silver dial has the guilloche decoration at the center, while the hand-applied indexes are pearl black Arabic numerals. This model is presented with a deep blue crococalf strap with white stitching and a folding buckle. The combination of colors, textures and styles all combine to give an appearance that is unquestionably modern yet undeniably timeless.
Each of the new Runabout Chronograph Automatics will be delivered in a specially designed gift box, complete with a delightful miniature replica of a wooden Runabout. The new Runabout Chronograph Automatic Collection is a salute to creative passion in all its forms, in the past and present – and makes the partnership between Frédérique Constant, the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, and the Riva Historical Society a natural fit.