For the seventh consecutive year, Chopard is the sponsor and official timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. This year’s edition is planned to be held on May 10th – 11th 2014. Traditionally, Chopard presents a chronograph in homage to each edition of this race that takes place every two years. For the first time, the Geneva-based company has chosen to develop a complete new Grand Prix de Monaco Historique collection, of which the central chronograph piece is the first model to be unveiled. With its revisited design and its matt titanium case, its new yellow colour code and its racer-style strap, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique chronograph pays vibrant homage to the world of vintage Formula 1 motor-racing.
The case adopts a new ergonomic shape with tauter, more dynamic lines. Its diameter has been broadened to 44.5 mm and the dial has been entirely redesigned with grooves similar to those marking the end of race-track turns. The hour-marker ring is designed all of a piece like a brake disc and punctuated by arrow-shaped hour-markers filled with luminova that are part of the new signature features on Chopard Classic Racing models. The most visible element is undoubtedly the use of the new bright yellow colour code – a visual warning for drivers emerging from the Monaco tunnel at speeds of more than 250 km/h.
Chopard expects its watches to run impeccably smoothly, while also featuring a strong and distinctive aesthetic identity. It is precisely this interaction between form and function, appearance and essence that distinguishes the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono 2014. The non-slip handling of the titanium chronograph pushers stems from their broad engraved surface similar to that of a piston. The readability of the watch is enhanced by the set of contrasts on the dial, featuring yellow hands for the chronograph part, along with luminova-enhanced black hands for the hours, minutes and seconds. All stand out clearly against the silver-toned or black background.
Lightness and sturdiness are must-have features for cars in order to
ensure their manoeuvrability and to make the most of their power. The
Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph adopts the same attitude
with a bead-blasted titanium case, while the bezel and back are in
polished steel. The caseback is engraved with the logo of the Automobile
Club de Monaco which organises the Grand Prix.
The watch features a titanium folding clasp securing a black calfskin strap with large perforations and yellow stitching channelling a 1960s racing vibe. The model may also be fitted with an optional woven nylon NATO-type black strap with yellow stripes echoing the spirit of Ford GT40 or Shelby Cobra Daytona hoods.
Well-secured openings are also a determining factor in the driver’s safety and the titanium crown is duly screw-locked and protected by a bead-blasted shoulder-guard. Chopard equips this timepiece with a tried and true self-winding chronograph movement renowned for its endurance. Its rating precision is tested and guaranteed by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute.
Model: Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono
Titanium edition ref. 168570-3001
Total diameter: 44.5 mm
Thickness: 13.9 mm
Water-resistant to: 100 metres
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Titanium crown and pushers
Steel bezel with black aluminium insert, silver transfer and yellow dots
Back stamped with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo
Total diameter: 37.20 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 46 hours
Frequency: 28’800 A/h
Chronometer certified (COSC)
Dial and hands
Silver-toned snailed dial
Black snailed hollowed counters at 12 o’clock at 6 o’clock, silver-toned hollowed counter at 9 o’clock
Metallic black hour and minute hands
Yellow central seconds hand
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
60-second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Date aperture at 3 o’clock
Strap and clasp
Black barenia leather with yellow seams; optional black and yellow NATO strap
Titanium and steel folding clasp