Frederique Constant’s Vintage Rally assortment is a group of lively retro-style watches motivated by the universe of exemplary vehicles. To be exact, by the universe of the Austin-Healey, a British games vehicle worked from 1959-1967. Since 2004 Frederique Constant and the Austin-Healey vehicle brand have been accomplices and the Vintage Rally assortment is intended to encapsulate these hustling vehicles. For 2020, two new three-hand with date models, one in steel with a green dial and the other with a rose gold-plated case and cappuccino shading plan, park close by the previous chronographs in the assortment (there is a 3-hand day/date model in the assortment yet it is quartz). Restricted releases of 2,888 units, the models can be requested online.
The legendary Healey 100S NOJ 393
Nine years prior, the NOJ 393 ex-Works 1953-55 Austin-Healey Special Test Car/100S set a world precedent. Not a speed record, but rather a record cost at sell off for an Austin-Healey when it was sold by Bonhams for GBP 843,000 (near US 1 million). Immaculate since the 1960s, as per Bonhams’ public statement , the vehicle was in an animal dwellingplace discover state. Aficionados of exemplary vehicles will be comfortable with the story behind the NOJ 393. As one of Austin-Healey’s Test Cars, the NOJ 393 competed in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, proceeded to become the 100S model hustling at Sebring, the Carrera Panamericana and Nassau.
The vehicle, notwithstanding, acquired its (tragic) fame in 1955. As it was taking an interest in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the vehicle, driven by Lance Macklin, was engaged with one of the most noticeably terrible mishaps throughout the entire existence of engine dashing. As Mike Hawthorn’s Jaguar D-Type was fiercely halting for a refuel, Macklin and his Healey needed to alter course. Showing up at fast (over 120mph) simply behind, French driver Pierre Levegh installed a Mercedes 300 SLR couldn’t keep away from the Austin Healey 100S and collided with the rear of the vehicle, which went about as an incline and dispatched Levegh’s vehicle into the air, flying over onlookers and turning end over end for 80 meters. Accordingly, more than 80 observers passed on – an occasion that would change the substance of motorsport for the a long time to come.
Following this race, the 100S NOJ 393 was reconstructed at the plant and took part in a few races in 1956. It vanished for the accompanying 42 years, prior to being completely reestablished and sold by Bonhams.
British Racing Green
Exactly a similar tone as the model sold by Bonhams and affectionately reestablished by its new proprietor, the dial of the steel model is an exemplary British hustling green. A silver-hued part ring for the minutes on the outskirts is complemented by a second track on the green dial marking 1/5th of a second. Larger than usual Arabic numerals at 12, 6 and 9 and applied silver-shaded files, all treated with white radiant material, stand apart well against the dull green foundation. The hands of the hours, minutes (treated with lume) and focal seconds are additionally silver. Considered as a lively day by day blender, there is a date window at 3 o’clock with a white background.
The cleaned 2-section steel case estimates 40mm and is water-impervious to 50m. The caseback is fixed and engraved with a Healey and some pine trees. A shocking punctured earthy colored calfskin lash completes the package.
Dressier rose gold-plated version
Although there are no individual photos of the subsequent Vintage Rally Healey Automatic in the press pack (it is one the website page however), this model is dressier and comes in a 40mm rose gold-plated case with a ‘cappuccino’ shading plan on the dial. Beginning with a dull earthy colored tone on the fringe, the 1/5th of a seconds track is a lighter shade of earthy colored and the middle is a shimmering/white. The applied components on the dial and hands are rose gold-plated to coordinate the case material and the watch comes with a dim earthy colored punctured leather strap.
Both models are fitted with the FC-303 type, an automatic development (base Sellita SW 200-1) with a force hold of 38 hours.
Availability and Price
Both cycles of the Vintage Rally Healey Automatic are restricted to 2,888 pieces and are introduced in a gatherer’s blessing set with a scaled down imitation of the NOJ 393. The steel model retails for EUR 1,490, the rose gold-plated model for EUR 1,790. More data at frederiqueconstant.com .