Pre-Basel 2012 : Frederique Constant Carrera Panamerica Limited Edition ¶
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Pre-Basel 2012 – Frederique Constant Carrera Panamerica Limited Edition
Along with the Alpina Heritage Pilot (Alpina and FC are sister brands), Frederique Constant will be releasing a new limited edition series to compliment the recent Peking to Paris chronograph models at this year’s Baselworld show. This new series will be named in honor of the Carrera Panamerica, a 3300km road race through Mexico that began in 1950 to showcase the opening of the new Panamerica highway.
The series takes cues from the previous Runabout, Healey and Peking limited edition series. Two models will be available, both with 43mm stainless steel cases – one will have a silver dial with steel hour markers, the other will have silver with rose gold tone markers and hands. Unlike the previous editions, these new Panamericas will feature a hand-wound FC-435 calibre movement (the old models had automatic movements).
Like the outgoing Healey limited edition, a matching hand-wound stopwatch will accompany each watch. Even if you never use a stopwatch, it’s a cool addition that adds a lot of value to the package. You don’t see mechanical stopwatches much anymore.
Each watch will be limited to 1888 examples and both versions have the race logo emblazoned (in restrained fashion) on the dials. Expect to see the Panamerica in-store sometime in late 2012.