With the Formula 1 Season Kicking off last Sunday, starting our Basel Preview with Chopards Grand Prix de Monaco Historique chronograph seemed the perfect choice.
As sponsor and official timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, Chopard presents a chronograph in homage to each edition of this race that takes place every two years. For the first time, the watchmaker 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.
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 with a like a brake disc and is punctuated by arrow-shaped hour-markers filled with luminova, that are part of the new signature features on Chopards Classic Racing models, intersected by the bright yellow hands for the chronograph. All set in clear contrast against the silver-toned or black background.
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 – a black calfskin strap with large perforations and yellow stitching channeling a 1960s racing vibe.
Perfectly mimicking the contrasting element of lightness and sturdiness that make a racing car The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph features a beadblasted titanium case, while the bezel and back are in polished steel.The tried and true self-winding chronograph movement renowned for its endurance is the finely tuned and incredibly reliable engine that drives this watch.
Chopard has announced two exciting strap options for the 2014 Monaco Historique Chrono. Standard is the perforated black barenia leather strap with yellow stitching. The watchmaker has also jumped on the NATO strap bandwagon with an optional black with yellow racing stripe that looks incredible with the watch.
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique chronograph is every inch a racing watch, both literally and figuratively. Powerful and reliable as well as technical and comfortable, it is designed like a full-fledged driving instrument, in a perfect homage to the tradition of F1 racing.