Saturday, May 28, 2016

Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition

Dedicated to the most prestigious classic racing competition, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique collection by Chopard welcomes two new limited-series chronographs. These driver’s instruments are powerful, sport and sophisticated watches paying tribute to the tenth edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, the ultimate classic event that Chopard has been partnering and serving as official timekeeper since 2002. Bodywork inspired by historical cars, an ‘engine’ chronometer-certified by the COSC and bright orange or blue accents: these chronographs crafted in editions of 500 in titanium and stainless steel and 100 in 18-carat rose gold are the epitome of mechanical refinement, precision and vintage design. They embody the passion for classic racing and the high horological standards nurtured by Chopard.
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, held every two years since 1997, this prestigious competition brings together racing cars dating from the Pre-War period through to the 1970s. Chopard has been its sponsor and official timekeeper since 2002. The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique watch collection, born from the personal passion for classic cars of Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, is composed of sporty watches featuring refined details inspired by this exceptional universe.
Designed to support the competitors taking part in the competition, the new Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition is an indispensable instrument for racing drivers as well as in various other sports activities. Accurate, rugged and perfectly readable, it comes in two versions: shotblasted titanium and stainless steel, or 18-carat rose gold, respectively issued in 500-piece and 100-piece editions. Inspired by the design codes of classic cars, its daring and virile aesthetic together with its high-precision mechanics admirably match the adventurous mindset of participants in this speed trial. 
Fitted with pushers shaped like engine pistons and a grey bezel with a tachymetric scale that is ideal for calculating average speeds during the race, the 44.5 mm-diameter case features a back engraved with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo and is secured by screws reminiscent of automobile bolts. Water-resistant to 100 metres, it is powered by a high-precision horological ‘engine’, chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). This self-winding chronograph movement, endowed with a 46-hour power reserve, offers hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date functions.
The optimally legible silver-toned snailed dial is enlivened by light effects created by the grey and silver-toned chronograph counters, while the minute circle is punctuated by applied hour-markers featuring the collection’s characteristic arrow shape. The bright orange central sweep-seconds hand on the titanium/stainless steel version, or the blue one adorning the 18-carat rose gold model, ticks off the precious seconds of the race during which speed is matched by performance and risk-taking around the sharp bends of the Monaco circuit.
Two interchangeable straps set the perfect finishing touch to the sporting nature of these new timepieces: the Barenia calfskin strap with orange or blue stitching, for the vintage elegance typical of gentlemen drivers; or the grey NATO strap bearing orange or blue racing stripes for a relaxed sporty style.
Technical Details
Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition
Ref. 168570-3002, 500-piece limited edition

Case

Shot-blasted titanium and stainless steel
Total diameter: 44.5 mm
Thickness: 14.1 mm
Water-resistant to: 100 metres
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Titanium crown and pushers
Stainless steel bezel with grey inlay, silver-toned inscription and orange dots
Case-back stamped with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo

Movement
Self-winding chronograph movement
Total diameter: 37.20 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 46 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Silver-toned snailed dial
Hollowed snailed grey counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, hollowed silver-toned counter at 9 o’clock
Painted metallic black hours and minutes hands painted with Superluminova
Orange central sweep-seconds hand
Metallic black counter pointers

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Minutes counter at 12 o’clock and hours counter at 6 o’clock
Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap and clasp
Grey Barenia calfskin strap with orange stitching and grey and orange NATO strap
Titanium and stainless steel folding clasp

Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition
Ref. 161294-5001, 100-piece limited edition

Case
Shot-blasted 18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 44.5 mm
Thickness: 14.1 mm
Water-resistant to 100 metres
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
18-carat rose gold crown and pushers
18-carat rose gold bezel with grey inlay, silver-toned inscription and blue dots
Case-back stamped with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo

Movement
Self-winding chronograph movement
Total diameter: 37.20 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 46 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Silver-toned snailed dial
Hollowed snailed grey counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, hollowed silver-toned counter at 9 o’clock
Painted metallic black hours and minutes hands painted with Superluminova
Blue central sweep-seconds hand
Gold-toned counter pointers

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Minutes counter at 12 o’clock and hours counter at 6 o’clock
Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap and clasp
Grey Barenia calfskin strap with blue stitching or grey and blue NATO strap
18-carat rose gold folding clasp

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