A Frederique Constant signature timepiece, the Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown, made its return to the watchmaking scene last year. It has been a part of the Maison’s collections as early as the mid-1990s at the instigation of its co-founder Peter Stas, who himself is an avid sailor.
Frederique Constant’s Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown offers a technical complication popular with fans of yachting and regattas: the countdown to the start of the race. But this watch is not only designed for competitions and regattas but for relaxed pontoon times alike. Not least because of its water resistance of up to 10 atm.
Housed in an elegant 42 mm polished stainless-steel case, the new Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown presents an anthracite grey dial, providing a harmonious chromatic play of colours. Inspired by the most beautiful examples of traditional luxury watchmaking, this new dial features a guilloché pattern. This age-old finish creates a pattern in which the light can dance, stretch out and be reflected like waves and swells, presenting an ever-changing appearing, depending on the viewing angle. What could be more suitable?
The dial is embellished with broad hour and minute hands enhanced by a luminous treatment and complemented by an orange hand that accentuates the watch’s sporty look. It sits precisely at 12 o’clock in the centre of a luminescent double index hour marker. Under the latter are the five openings that form the Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown’s central complication: the countdown. Each dot represents one minute. Pressing the button at the top starts the first countdown, gradually turning all the dots from grey to white. When all five dots are white, five minutes have passed. Then, the second countdown, the final five minutes before the starting signal, begins. This time, the five dots gradually turn orange. When the fifth and final dot has turned orange, the regatta is officially underway.
The case of the Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown houses the calibre FC-380. This automatic movement operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides a power reserve of 48 hours.
The Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown comes with a stainless steel bracelet that complements the monochromatic unit of dial and case with its alternating polished and satin finished links. Frederique Constant also provides a rubber bracelet for this watch.