Distinguished, powerful and yet understated, the “Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2008” watch subtly combines both a classic and a sporty look. As a COSC-certified chronometer, the movement of this time-measuring machine powers a high-precision chronograph. The ballet of hands it triggers is performed on a dial certain to appeal to connoisseurs, with its traditionally styled, vertically aligned counters teamed with a black tachometer bezel.
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2008 chronograph is distinguished by its generous 42.5 mm diameter case, water-resistant to 50 metres. Its powerful, classical lines house a mechanical self-winding chronograph movement which is chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), a guarantee of absolute precision.
Endowed with a 48-hour power reserve, this movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and displays the hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, as well as a date aperture and chronograph functions. A case-back engraved with the logo of the “Automobile Club de Monaco” and the letters GPMH serves to hold the watch together and to protect its precious contents. In a subtle finishing touch, the crown is adorned with a racing steering wheel to ensure a complete immersion into the automotive world.
The classic nature of the model is also expressed through its perfectly balanced silver-coloured dial with bevelled hour-markers and an engraved inscription that reads “Monaco Historique”. For optimal readability and a clear distinction between the chronograph functions, the 30-minute counter (at 12 o’clock) and the 12-hour counter (at 6 o’clock) stand out in black, as does the tachometer bezel serving to measure travel speeds . In order to ensure perfect visibility in the dark, the rhodium-plated hour and minute hands are enhanced with Superluminova.
The “Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2008” chronograph is available in stainless steel with a black barenia strap or stainless steel bracelet, or in 18-carat rose gold with a crocodile strap, a luxurious version limited to only 500 watches. In both cases, the straps are fitted with a folding clasp in stainless steel or 18-carat rose gold.
Steel or 18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 42.50 mm
Water-resistant to 50 metres
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal with integrated magnifying glass
Steel or 18-carat rose gold crown adorned with a racing-car steering wheel
Case-back engraved with the GPMH inscription + logo of the “Automobile Club de Monaco”
Mechanical chronograph movement
Diameter: 30 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 48 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Dial and hands
Silver-coloured dial with Monaco Historique inscription
The hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated and coated with Superluminova to ensure perfect night-time readability
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
60-second chronograph hand
30-minute counter at 12 o’clock / 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Date window at 3 o’clock
Straps and buckles
Black barenia leather strap for the steel model (but it can be equipped with a steel bracelet) and in crocodile leather for the gold model
Steel or rose gold folding clasp
Steel edition (Ref 168992-3012)
Steel edition with steel bracelet (Ref 158992-3003)
Limited, numbered edition of 500 in rose gold (Ref 161275-5001)