The 11th edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique starts today, May 11, in Monte Carlo, with Chopard serving as sponsor and official timekeeper, as it has since 2002. This classic car race, held every two years, features autos from the 1930s, through the 1970s, celebrating such revered names as Porsche, Maserati, Jaguar and Aston Martin.
Fittingly, Chopard is introducing two Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2018 Race Edition timepieces in keeping with its tradition of creating two limited edition watches in honor of each event. This year’s debuts once again offer an unmistakable nod to the sport of classic car racing in their design, construction and spirit.
“As a passionate car lover, it’s always an honor for me to associate Chopard with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique every two years,” says Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard and a classic car collector and driver. “This year brings me even greater pleasure in that I will be taking part personally in the Chopard parade at the wheel of a Porsche 550 Spyder RS.”
Both watches, one in bead-blasted titanium and steel and one in rose gold, titanium and steel, are offered in 250- and 100-piece limited editions, respectively. Each has a 44.5mm case fitted with a screw-lock crown, engine piston-shaped pushers and a caseback marked with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo; the case is water resistant to 100 meters. The blue bezel has a tachymeter scale designed, of course, for calculating average race times. Inside, a self-winding movement, chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, powers the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date, with 46 hours of power reserve.
The silver-toned dials have rhodium-coated hour and minute hands glazed with SuperLuminova, while the sweep-seconds hand is orange. The hollowed counters at 12 and 6 o’clock are galvanic blue (with orange-tipped rhodium-coated hands), while the counter at 9 o’clock is silver toned (with a blue hand). The date window is at 3 o’clock.
Two interchangeable straps complete the look: a blue Barenia calfskin strap with orange stitching and a blue NATO strap with orange racing stripes, both fitted with a brushed titanium and steel folding clasp.
Prices: Stainless Steel/Titanium Model $7,390 and Stainless Steel/Titanium/Rose Gold Model $11,200.