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Frédérique Constant Healey Chrono-Automatic and Stoptimer

by Marco 14 May, 2010 View Comments

The beauty of vintage Austin-Healey cars is hard to deny. Soft, round curves, glossy chrome accents, hand stitched leather interiors are all appealing features. Frédérique Constant is one of the watch manufacturers that relate to this classic design. Teaming up with Healey collector clubs around the world, FC became the official timing partner for many themed races including the most recent 2010 Healey Challenge in the UK. What better way for a watch company to celebrate such a partnership than with the release of a limited edition timepiece? Alas the Frédérique Constant Healy Chrono Automatic.

The New Automatic chronograph offers a few perks for collectors. Each variation will be produced in limited numbers. 1,888 copies of each model will be built. A specialized presentation case will carry each watch as well as a matching mechanical stop-watch symbolizing the importance of timekeeping in the world of sport racing.

FC Healey Chrono models
A dark brown dial and strap are fitted on the rose gold plated version of the Healey Chrono

Austin-Healy, high-performance sports cars are characterized by classy and elegant designs. Inspired by this design, the case of the Healy Auto Chronograph, is classically sporty. The 43mm, stainless steel case is finished by hand to a immaculate shine and plated with rose gold for model number FC-392CH6B4. The bezel and side of the case are rounded mirroring the intakes and curvatures of the Big Healeys. The back of the case is equipped with a see-through sapphire window which exhibits the movement like an engine. Healey Drivers Club of the UK, the world's oldest Club, has their logo engraved near the individual watch number. A screw-locking crown and a water resistance rating of 100 meters ensures that the Healey Chronographs can be submerged safely in shallow water, which I doubt is the case for the cars that will take part in the race.

Like a chromed V8, The FC-392 calibre movement displays immaculate finishing techniques and a solid assembly. The self-winding chronograph movement is based on the workhorse ETA 7750 mechanism, which beats at 28,800 vph and offers a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. All specialized finishing, engraving, and modifications to the mechanism are effectuated at the Frédérique Constant facilities in Geneva, which are equipped to manufacture movements from the ground up.

On the dial of the Healey Chronograph are the most notable tips of the hat to the Healey cars. The logo is clearly displayed near the three o'clock mark and the bold Arabic numerals are in the styles as on a speedometer. The hour markers are applied to the dial and therefore are slightly raised. Phosphorescent paint coats them. The white version of the dial on the FC-392HSDG6B6 is quite dashing. It is accented using the dark green of the Healey logo. On the rose gold model, a semi-glossy, dark brown dial with the same applied, luminous markers. Thick alpha hands tell the time and tiny leaf-shaped hands indicate the chronograph's stop-watch measurements within the subsidiary dials. Details such as these beautiful subsidiary hands and raised markers are welcome by watch enthusiasts who can never look at a piece from too close.

FC Healey Chrono models
The Healey Chronos are available in stainless steel and with a warm rose gold plating

The Frédérique Constant Healey Chronograph limited edition models are an homage to the collectible vintage sports cars by way of stylistic details such as the rounded sides and bezel and the Healey logo on the dial. The The Healey Drivers Club's logo is engraved as a nod to the world's oldest club of Austin-Healey car collectors and host of the 2010 Healy Challenge in the UK. Watch collectors will appreciate the specialized presentation case, matching mechanical stop watch that come with every Healey Chronograph, as well as the limited production numbers of the watches in the collection.

Contact the Matt Baily boutique for more information on the Frédérique Constant Healey Chrono-Automatic watches.

FC Healey Chrono with matching Stopwatch
The limited edition Healey Chrono-Automatic come with a matching, mechanical stopwatch.

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