Riva Historical Society and Frederique Constant unveil a maritime chronograph
And it's not as expensive as you think
You know when there's a crossover between TV shows and you're caught by surprise? You're watching the show and you're like "whoa, I wasn't expecting that". This is (sort of) the same thing, and this specific crossover/partnership involves Frederique Constant, a Swiss watch manufacturer founded in 1988, and Riva, Italian yacht designer originally founded in 1842.
In 2009, Riva and Frederique Constant unveiled the Runabout collection and over the course of the years, they launched several limited edition timepieces. This year, the two brands are introducing a brand new Runabout model, called the 'RHS Chronograph Automatic', available in two limited series, with only 2,888 pieces each.
The 42 mm stainless steel case houses a tri compax (at the 12, 6 and 9 o'clock) chronograph powered by a proprietary automatic FC-392 calibre movement, with 46 hours of power reserve, vibrating at 28,800 bpm. The guilloché dial is available in anthracite grey or silver, both coming in with luminous hands and a date window at the 6 o'clock. There's a maritime blue seconds hand on the grey dial version and a slightly darker blue seconds hand on the silver dial variant. The same shade of blue has also been used for the topstitching on the black calfskin leather strap in the anthracite grey dial version, while the silver dial version comes with white stitching.
On the caseback of each piece, you'll find the individually engraved number of the watch as well as an imprint representing the official Riva Historical Society flag and each watch comes with a miniature replica of the Riva Aquarama.
It is less expensive than I thought, with a retail price of €2,695 ($3,155 / £2,460), so the only question is, which one would you rather have, the grey one or the silver one?