11th – 13th May 2018, Monaco
The hearts of aficionados of classic racing and chronographs are throbbing with excitement this weekend, when the most prestigious event on the classic racing circuit starts its 11th edition. The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique brings drivers and devotees of historical mechanical engineering to a competition specifically designed for racing cars.
Chopard is its sponsor and official timekeeper since 2002, a natural alliance for a brand steeped in racing passion.
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The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is a key fixture on the classic racing calendar and imbued with all the attributes to attract Gentlemen Drivers like Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. In 1992, his passion for these speed machines – with their high-precision mechanical engineering equalled only by their splendid designs – led him to make Chopard principal sponsor and official timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.
This commitment is manifest with a dedicated collection of Chopard timepieces distinguished by refined details inspired by this storied Grand Prix: endurance, precision, sturdiness and elegance.
Biennialy, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique lays rubber on the exact track used by the modern F1 Grand Prix running only a fortnight later. This is where 50 years of motor racing history converge on the ‘Rock’ to compete. Drivers engage in fierce battles at the wheel of collector’s cars in seven categories.
Aficionados of fine mechanical engineering revel in the wide variety of cars from the finest automotive manufacturers. Offering a splendid retrospective look at models from the pre-war period to 1976, their intrepid ‘pilots’ manfully coax their mechnaical beats around the twisty treacherous circuit of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.
For the 11th edition of the race, an exclusive new chronograph – the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2018 Race Edition – honours the daring spirit of this intense and much revered race, where speed is the raison d’etre for being and victory is a question of panache.
Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2018 Race Editions
The Chopard GPMH collection welcomes two new limited-series Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2018 Race Edition chronographs. These ultimate driver’s instruments are powerful, sporting and sophisticated watches that pay tribute to the Race. Bodywork inspired by classic racing cars; an ‘engine’ chronometer-certified by the COSC; bright orange or blue accents: these chronographs are a distillation of mechanical refinement, precision and vintage design.
The two limited series – one of 250 in bead-blasted titanium and steel and the other of 100 in 18-carat rose gold, bead-blasted titanium and steel – embody Chopard’s passion for racing as well as its high watchmaking standards.
Inspired by the design codes of classic cars, with daring aesthetics as well as high-precision mechanical engineering, they match the adventurous spirit of the participants in this speed race.
Featuring pushers shaped like engine pistons and a blue bezel with a tachymeter scale for calculating average race times, the 44.5 mm-diameter case is specified with a screw-lock crown and a caseback stamped with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo. The caseback is secured by screws reminiscent of automotive bolts.
Water-resistant to 100 metres, it houses a high-precision watch ‘engine’, chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing institute (COSC), which is the compulsory standard for a Chopard chronograph. This mechanical movement with automatic winding has a 46-hour power reserve to power the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date functions.
The highly legible snailed silver-toned dial is vitalised by luminous effects created by the blue and silver-toned chronograph counters. The minute track is accentuated by characteristic applied arrow-shaped hour-markers painted with Super-LumiNova®.
The bright orange sweep-seconds hand of the titanium/steel version and its orange-tipped blue counterpart on the 18-carat rose gold, titanium and steel version mark off the vital seconds of the race.
Double wrist straps
Two interchangeable straps allow the perfect finishing touch to the sporting nature of these new watches: the blue Barenia calfskin strap with orange stitching for a vintage elegant look; or the blue NATO strap enhanced with orange racing stripes for a casual sporting style.
For a family-owned watchmaker, Chopard has an amazing portfolio of automotive racing associations being sponsor and timekeeper partner at the GPMH, Mille Miglia and Porsche Motorsport races as well as producing race inspired timepieces.
They epitomise how Chopard views racing: performance matched by mechanical excellence and faultless ergonomics, teamed with the aura of elegance inseparably bound up with the world of Gentlemen Drivers.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He was also CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).