Words by: Jared Paul Stern
The young Clint Eastwood was an early fan, buying a Healey with his first big paycheck. Now extremely collectible, Healey models are still true drivers cars rather than mere museum pieces except for rare Le Mans models. One major Healey enthusiast is dapper Dutch entrepreneur Peter Stas, who founded the classic Swiss watch brand Frederique Constant in 1988. He calls Healeys a mythical and simultaneously irrational vehicle that’s guaranteed to stop us in our tracks whenever we see one. Well said, sir.
Rather than form a partnership with a modern car company, Stas decided to base a collection on his favorite UK classic. Dubbed the Vintage Rally Collection, the pieces pay tribute to the days of classic motoring that Healey embodies so well. They Recently released a new model in the Vintage Rally Collection called the Healey Chronograph Automatic. Available in both steel and rose gold, its driven by Constants precise FC-397 automatic chronograph calibre, with 25 jewels and a 46-hour power reserve. The design is underlined with sub-dials that include a 30-minute counter at 3 oclock and small continuous seconds at 9 o’clock.As Constant puts it, Both carmaker and watchmaker have in common engineering, innovation and artistic impression. Mechanical genius never ceases to excite and delight, especially when that marvel is a perfectly tuned engine in a fast-moving machine, be it a car or wristwatch. Recently a squadron of Healeys from the Southern Counties Austin-Healey Club in the UK brought their cars all the way round to Switzerland to visit the Constant Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates. Rally on, gents.
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