Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown

In 1997, Frederique Constant introduced its first regatta watch, which was part of its Yacht Master collection. This timepiece has a feature that counts down the time before a regatta begins. Now, Frederique Constant is bringing back this rare nautical complication for avid sailing enthusiasts.

Twenty-two years later in 2019, the Regatta makes its celebrated comeback. This one is part of the collection renamed Yacht Timer. The name could not be more fitting since the Regatta has a built-in timer that counts down the critical 10 minutes before the sailing vessels set off for the race.

Regatta racers can use the countdown to find the best position for dashing out front based on the wind and the other vessels — and without ever having to go over the imaginary starting line. This is a tactical and crucial maneuver demanding a precision instrument that can be read at a glance since they have to keep raising and lowering the sails to hold position as close to this line as possible.

Frederique Constant has not designed a “nautically-inspired” timepiece, but rather a genuine regatta watch that is operational in race conditions. The perfectly readable original display from 1997 was left unchanged. It features five dots at the top of the dial. Each dot represents one minute. The top button activates the first countdown that slowly turns all the points from white to blue, the contrasting color of the dial. Five minutes has passed when all five points are colored.

Then the second countdown starts to mark the last five minutes before the race begins. This time all five points gradually turn orange. When the final and fifth point is orange and the second hand strikes noon, the regatta is on.

Everything on the Yacht Timer Regatta is designed for legibility. Since the only complication on the timepiece that should be the center of attention is the countdown timer, the engraved dial captures every reflection of light. The indexes are faceted to constantly display a shiny polished side that can be seen regardless of the sun’s angle. The hands and indexes are filled with luminescent material for overcast days.

The sails of this latest collection have already been filled with four models. Two are finished in rose gold with a navy blue or silver-plated dial on an alligator strap. The third one features a blend of steel and rose gold on a two-tone strap. The fourth model in the collection has a sleekly modern gray color scheme with a steel case and silver-plated dial on a black alligator strap. Frederique Constant also includes a more rugged black rubber strap with all the models that can weather the ocean spray.

Technical details

Model: Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown, Reference FC-380VT4H2B

Case
Bicolor rose gold-plated polished stainless steel 3-parts case
42mm diameter
Glass box sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant up to 10 ATM

Movement
FC-380, Automatic with countdown function
48-hour power reserve, 25 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Dial
Silver color dial with guilloché decoration and applied rose gold-plated luminous indexes
Hand polished rose gold-plated hour, minute, orange second hands

Bracelet
Bicolor rose gold-plated stainless steel bracelet, including an extra rubber strap

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, countdown

Price
3’195 CHF / 3’495 EUR

Model: Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown, Reference FC-380VT4H4

Case
Rose gold-plated polished stainless steel 3-parts case
42mm diameter
Convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant up to 10 ATM

Movement
FC-380, Automatic with countdown function
48-hour power reserve, 25 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Dial
Silver color dial with guilloché decoration and applied rose gold-plated luminous indexes
Hand polished rose gold-plated hour, minute, orange second hands

Bracelet
Dark brown alligator leather bracelet, including an extra rubber strap

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, countdown

Price
3’195 CHF / 3’595 EUR

Model: Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown, Reference FC-380NT4H4

Case
Rose gold-plated polished stainless steel 3-parts case
42mm diameter
Convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant up to 10 ATM

Movement
FC-380, Automatic with countdown function
48-hour power reserve, 25 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Dial
Navy blue dial with guilloché decoration and applied rose gold-plated luminous indexes
Hand polished rose gold-plated hour, minute, orange second hands

Bracelet
Navy blue alligator leather bracelet, including an extra rubber strap

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, countdown

Price
3’195 CHF / 3’595 EUR

Model: Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown, Reference FC-380ST4H6

Case
Polished stainless steel 3-parts case
42mm diameter
Convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant up to 10 ATM

Movement
FC-380, Automatic with countdown function
48-hour power reserve, 25 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Dial
Silver dial with guilloché decoration and applied silver luminous indexes
Hand polished silver hour, minute, orange second hands

Bracelet
Black alligator leather bracelet, including an extra rubber strap

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, countdown

Price
2’895 CHF / 3’295 EUR

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