On the occasion of the 74th Grand Prix de Monaco, luxury watch maker Ateliers deMonaco has created the Tourbillon Ronde d’Or – Grand Prix de Monaco 1966. A unique piece which pays tribute to one of the most important and prestigious automobile events in the world and commemorates the 1966 race. Embodied in this exquisite piece of art, Ateliers deMonaco’s relentless pursuit of excellence is once again expressed though a subtle combination of craftsmanship and complex construction, representing an authentic technical prowess.
Doubtless the most striking aspect of this unique timepiece, catching and holding the gaze, is the beautiful multi-layer hand-engraved 18K white solid gold dial representing the poster of the 1966Grand Prix de Monaco. It features the green BRM driven by Graham Hill chasing John Surtee’s red Ferrari. The scene is set in front of the renown Palace of Monaco. This Classic piece of automobilia captures the essence of the French Riviera and the excitement of the Grand Prix.
The dial of the Tourbillon Ronde d’Or Grand Prix de Monaco 1966 required an extraordinary 200 hours of work as the engraver delicately wielded the burin to extract life, adding depth and volume to a flat gold surface using a low-relief technique. The hand engraving gives to this watch its own personal touch and makes it a one of a kind creation.
Fully respecting the aesthetics of Ateliers deMonaco, this watch is housed in an 18K white gold case of 44mm, a diameter which lets leash the creativity of the brand’s craftsmen. Through the sapphire case back, one can gaze upon the patented Tourbillon XP1 movement, with its comfortable 42-hour power reserve.
Embellished with 29-jewel and a hand-engraved 22 carats gold rotor, it runs at a rate of 28,800 beats per hour.
The Tourbillon XP1 provides remarkable technical performance and traditional watchmaking know-how with the sapphire tourbillon bridge.
The brown alligator leather strap with its 18K white gold folding buckle adds a touch of elegance, which endows this unique piece with its special allure.
Model: Tourbillon Ronde d’Or – Grand Prix de Monaco 1966
Patented Tourbillon XP 1
Curved chamfered, hand perlage, hand engraving decoration
Hand engraved 22 carats gold rotor
Silicium escape wheel and lever
Alternances 28800 beats/hour (4 Hrz)
Sapphire tourbillon bridge
Hour, minutes, small seconds (6 o’clock)
18K White gold
Diameter 44 MM
Thickness 13.1 MM
31 parts overall
Brushed, polished and assembled by hand
Front and back sapphire crystal
Water resistant up to 3 ATM
Solid gold 4 layers applied by hand
Hand engraved dial showing Grand Prix de Monaco Mai 1966
6 o’clock tourbillon opening
Hands: Dauphine shaped
Hand stitched alligator leather
18K folding buckle