May 25, 2012
Geneva-based Frederique Constant introduces the ‘Venice Editions’ of the Runabout, consisting of a Chronograph version and a Three-hand Automatic with date. Both timepieces feature a stainless steel case and a silvered dial with applied, rose gold plated Arabic indexes. We’re only showing here our favorite of the two, the basic 3-hander. The case is paired with a complimenting light brown strap with off-white stitching. On the plus side, we’ve always liked the graceful lines of Frederique Constant’s Runabout case. As well, this watch comes with a very neat display box which includes a miniature model of a “runabout” boat. The one quibble we have on this piece is “radial flip” of the Arabic numerals. That is, the numerals on the lower half of the dial have been “flipped” so the bottoms of the numerals face the periphery of the dial. This is purely a matter of opinion, but we’ve always found it less appealing than the alternative. Even so, this would make for a nice, classic dress watch in any collection.
words by Kyle Stults