Flash News: Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph 2014
By Thierry Ané on March 19, 2014
For the seventh consecutive year, Chopard is the sponsor and official timekeeper of the Grand Prix the Monaco Historique, a vintage cars race taking place in early May in the Principality of Monaco.
Over the years, the brand offered several dedicated limited edition models as part of its Classic Racing Collection. Watch enthusiasts may remember for instance the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph 2010 in stainless steel or the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph 2012 in titanium. This year Chopard will introduce an entire Grand Prix de Monaco Historique collection in honour of their ongoing support for this race and for motorsports in general.
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph 2014 is the first model to be unveiled and we certainly will have to wait until Baselworld for the rest of the collection.
At first glance, it seems like a cosmetic makeover of the 2012 piece that was also in titanium and animated by the same ETA Valjoux 7750 calibre. Differences are nevertheless more important than it first seems. The case dimensions have changed: it 42.4 mm case with a thickness of 14.7 mm has been replaced by an enlarged 44.5 x 13.9 mm case, which I personally prefer. I obviously have a fondness for large watches but in this instance, I think that everyone will agree that the new size is more appropriate for a sports watch.
The lugs also look more elongated and rugged than before and, for the first time, this model received discreet crown protectors. While the crown is unchanged with its steering wheel motif, the chronograph pushers have been redesigned: they look wider and feature a nice perforated surface in line with the automotive theme.
The face of the watch also looks familiar with the position of the chronograph counters and the date window incorporated in the “Chopard Monaco Historique Chonometer” inscription at 3 o’clock. There are, however, some refreshing changes: the snailed silver dial for once, but also the new blackened hands with a pronounced racing spirit. I like how this style is picked up for the new hour markers that manage to incorporate Arabic numerals for the minutes and truly look like distance markers. Lastly, the dial received a brand new flange made of two yellow and black rings.
The watch is offered with a black Barenia leather with holes and yellow stitches to match the dial colours or, if you prefer something trendier, a black NATO with yellow stripes. Either way, the watch looks good and is a successful evocation of the world of racing. It retails for $7,640 or €5,900.