Affordable extravagance has become the precept at Frederique Constant demonstrating that you can have it both ways. Scattering a great deal of self importance in regards to the cost of an all around made watch with complications, Frederique Constant demonstrates that you don’t need to flagellate a kidney to enter the complications market. We’ve as of late seen the better than ever FC Perpetual Calendar retailing for under EUR 8,000 and today we will be seeing two new competitors in the rechristened energetic stylish Yacht Timer collection: the Regatta Countdown, a fairly specialty item intended for mariners, and a more conventional GMT for travellers.
The Call of the Sea
As any professional captain knows, the beginning of a cruising regatta is a vital, amazingly tense second. Attempting to stand firm on your foothold on a nonexistent beginning line as you are being rocked by the breeze anticipating the sign banners and horn impacts to show the excess minutes before the beginning of the race is no simple assignment. With a standard countdown season of 10 minutes, regatta racers should have the option to see the leftover time at a glance.
One of the most realistic and readable 10-minute countdown timers was the regatta type 1345 made by Lemania for Aquastar in the mid 1970s. The development was subsequently accepted by Omega, Heuer and Lemania itself. The magnificence of Lemania’s programmed countdown chronograph was the shading coded visual time remaining framework with five enormous circles in the top area of the dial changing from blue to red.
Essentially an opposite chronograph, Frederique Constant has embraced this five-circle countdown format for its new Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown. This isn’t the first run through a regatta watch sails into FC’s line-up, there was a group of Yacht Timers back in 1997 yet with quartz engines.
Admittedly a specialty item, the most recent Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown model highlights an underlying timer for the basic 10-minute countdown showed in five openings on the dial. The pusher on the top side of the case enacts the regatta countdown in two stages. The initial 5-minute countdown turns the tone behind the gaps from white to blue and afterward continues to the second and most recent 5-minute countdown as the five circles slowly turn orange.
Well-dressed ashore and sea
Apart from the countdown function, these Regatta Countdown models don’t have any subtleties that recommend their nautical vocation. Alright, the chronograph pushers demonstrate an energetic function, yet the general look of the watch, with its “guilloché-style” dial and rose-gold plated hour markers, is dressier than any regatta countdown watch available today – look at this Panerai Luminor Regatta or the exemplary Rolex Yacht-Master II to discover what countdown watches will in general look like.
The case is accessible in three unique completions: hardened steel with a silver dial; rose gold-plated steel with a silver or naval force blue dial; and a two-tone steel and rose gold-plated model with a silver dial. As should be obvious, we had the steel/white dial and the rose gold-plated/white and blue dial models for our hands-on session.
The width is 42mm, completely estimated for a games observe however with a lot of exquisite, cleaned highlights over the brushed surfaces that are marginally at chances with its implied functionality as a regatta watch. The cleaned completes give the watch a shrewd, rich presence and there are other refined subtleties like the brushed completion on the sides of the rectangular pushers. The case back is open and marginally domed yet the carries are tightened and bended to allow the watch to sit comfortably on the wrist. Water-opposition is of 100 metres.
The silver and naval force blue dials all element a similar decoration, like the Clou de Paris hand-guilloché you would discover on a Breguet dress watch. Normally, the Breguet dials are hand-guilloché while the FC dials are stepped, however the outcome is satisfying. The baton-formed hour markers are rose gold-plated and applied to the dial. The hands are additionally rose gold-plated and, similar to the hour markers, are treated with iridescent material to shine in the dark.
Another striking component on the dial of the Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown is the focal orange seconds hand to coordinate the shade of the last 5-minute orange markers for the countdown. In spite of the fact that there are highlights that appear to contradict one another, making you wonder whether this is a lively dress watch or a dressy games watch, the general impact is, I need to concede, very satisfying. There is a liberal sensation of room on the dial and decipherability is good.
The FC-380 development depends on a programmed Sellita SW-500 chronograph development with a particular module for the regatta countdown function. Beating at 28,800vph, it has a 48-hour power hold. Mechanically completed, the rotor is gold-plated and designed with Geneva stripes.
The steel and rose gold-plated models of the Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown come with a dark, naval force with white sewing or earthy colored crocodile lash and an additional elastic tie. The plain steel model retails for EUR 3,295 while the gold-plated models retail for EUR 3,595. Albeit the two-tone steel and gold-plate model isn’t online, it comes with a coordinating two-tone metal wristband and will retail for EUR 3,495.
Yacht Timer GMT
Presumably, in the event that you are a proficient mariner you may even sail into various time regions and the Frederique Constant Yacht Timer GMT comes to the salvage with two new GMT watches. GMT models are not new to FC and have showed up in traditional attire in the Classics family . Albeit the watches are altogether different in nature, they share a similar programmed development. Beating at 28,800 alt/h, the FC-350 type includes an in-house GMT module and has a 38-hour power reserve.
The 42mm case is indistinguishable from the regatta countdown model, short the pushers, and is water-impervious to 100m and has an exhibition case back. The Yacht Timer GMT comes in two completes: a rose gold-plated steel case and a two-tone steel and rose gold-plated case with an incorporated metal arm band. The gold-plated model comes with an earthy colored crocodile strap.
The dial additionally includes the equivalent “guilloché-like” stepped foundation, in white for the rose gold-plated model and anthracite for the two-tone. Even the hour markers are indistinguishable from the countdown model with the exception of great importance marker at 3 o’clock which has been shortened to accommodate the date window (both with a white foundation) synchronized to the nearby time.
A profoundly natural and simple to consult second time-region function is highlighted on an internal 24-hour ring. The focal GMT hand has a red-tipped bolt and a dash of iridescence in its middle. Rather than a day/night marker, the GMT ring highlights a dull territory and a light region to demonstrate whether it is day or night at your reference time. The cost of the model with a steel/gold plate arm band is EUR 1,995 while the cost of the rose gold-plated model is EUR 2,095.
Both the Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown and Yacht Timer GMT are handsome, first rate models. The dials of the two models have a ton of vast area with no sensation of jumbling. An inquisitive addition to the family, the countdown model will speak to an extremely restricted area of FC’s clients and most likely clarifies the marginally higher than regular sticker price – despite the fact that still reasonable. On the other hand, the GMT is a reasonable and flexible complication for anyone managing international customers/travel/exchange etc.
The Yacht Timer family is FC’s vision of an energetic stylish collection and it figures out how to solve two problems at once. The two watches are fringe dressy (gold-plated subtleties, guilloché dials) with a minuscule twinge of energy (countdown function, pushers and the lume on the hands) despite the fact that you’d be unable to locate some other nautically themed or energetic subtleties. Notwithstanding the blended message and the way that couple of proprietors will utilize the countdown model in a genuine regatta, I think the watches function admirably. The GMT model is a snap to consult – disgrace the force save is so low – and you will undoubtedly pull in a wide range of requests about those five openings on the dial of the countdown watch.
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