For the seventh consecutive year, Chopard is the sponsor and official timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. On the weekend of May 10th - 11th 2014, Monaco will be humming with the sound of former Formula 1 Lotus, Cooper, Lola, Ferrari, Bugatti and other models. Traditionally, Chopard presents a chronograph in homage to each edition of this race that takes place every two years. For the first time, the Maison 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 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. A new bright yellow colour code is used – a visual warning for drivers emerging from the Monaco tunnel at speeds of more than 250 km/h.
Tried and tested lightness and robustness
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. Lightness and sturdiness are must-have features for cars in order to ensure their manoeuverability and to make the most of their power. The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph adopts the same attitude with a beadblasted titanium case, while the bezel and back are in polished steel. The latter is engraved with the logo of the Automobile Club de Monaco which organises the Grand Prix.
The titanium crown is duly screw-locked and protected by a beadblasted shoulder-guard. Finally, the reliability of the engine makes all the difference in terms of ranking: Chopard therefore uses 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.
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.