Two New Chopard Monaco Historique 2018 Race Edition Watches
The 11th edition of the most prestigious event on the classic racing circuit took place from May 11th to 13th 2018. Biennially, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique convenes drivers and fans of vintage racing cars for a competition driven on one of the oldest F1 Grand Prix tracks: Monaco.
Chopard has been sponsor and official timekeeper of the event since 2002, a natural partnership for a brand whose obsession with high-precision timekeeping is synonymous with a passion for fine mechanical engineering.
“Gentlemen, please start your engine.” By tradition, those words marked the official start of the 11th Monaco Historic Grand Prix in sunny coditions. This unique event is one of the best classic car races in Europe. Chopard served as the official timekeeper at this famous circuit car race, which attracted over 30,000 spectators from all over the world.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard said: “We have a true passion for cars and classic racing and this is probably the best event you can find on the circuit anywhere in the world. I would like to congratulate the Automobile Club de Monaco on the tremendous work they do in the field of classic cars, and to salute the enduring quality of their organisation over the years. It is a true honour for Chopard to be associated again with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.”
Monaco’s racing track is one the most renowned and demanding in the world. Each race category celebrated winners from all over the world. All the drivers received a Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2018 Race Edition timepiece in titanium and stainless steel presented to them during the prize giving gala dinner by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.
Along with Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, renowned drivers and friends of Chopard, Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell, Vanina Ickx and Vic Elford took part driving the Chopard parades to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Porsche. They put on their helmets and made special runs in unique racing cars from Porsche.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele drove the Porsche 550 Spyder RS on loan from Porsche Museum. Jacky Ickx chose the Porsche 936 Jules: the same car as one he won the 24H of Le Mans with in 1981.
Derek Bell and Vanina Ickx respectively went on the racetrack driving a Porsche 804 F1 from 1962 and a Porsche 718 F2 from 1960.
For each edition of the Monaco Historic Grand Prix since 2002, Chopard has created dedicated timepieces. The Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2018 Race Edition watches, issued in limited editions of 250 pieces in titanium and stainless steel and 100 pieces in 18-carat rose gold, titanium and stainless steel are authentic driver’s instruments created for gentlemen drivers.
Available on a blue calfskin leather strap with orange stitching or on a blue NATO-style bracelet with orange stripes, these COSC-certified chronographs are imbued with the technical spirit of classic racing and are designed to support drivers during this exceptional competition.
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Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on 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.
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