Sport Style: Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono 2014


It’s a new sporty chronograph from Chopard, dedicated to the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique race – the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono watch. This year marks the 9th edition of the event that brings together fans of classic motorsport. The event will take place from May 9-11, and of course, Chopard will be there, being the official timekeeper. And for this year’s race, the company has prepared a new Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono timepiece, which comes in an attractive black and yellow color combination.

Unlike the previous Grand Prix de Monaco Historique watches, we have a slightly bigger case. It measures 44.5 mm in diameter, which is bigger by 2 mm compared to the previous models. The case itself is made of titanium, while the bezel is made of steel. The latter actually has another material in it – aluminum. This part displays the tachymeter scale and it features a black aluminium insert with silver transfer and some yellow dots, which altogether works really well in terms of visibility.

Barenia leather strap adds a touch of class

The whole case is just bursting with sporty details. If we take a look at the right side, we’ll notice the quite large crown, surrounded by two push-pieces, all made of titanium. The crown is visually enhanced with a steering wheel motif, a kind of steering wheel you would see in a classic car, which is a pretty neat detail. Looking at the back side of the case, there is another interesting detail – the stamped logo of the Automobile Club de Monaco. Finally, the water resistance of the watch is 100 meters, which sounds great.

Now, let’s move on to the dial. And here we have a lot to see; for starters, there are two chronograph counters in black, the 12-hour and the 30-minute chronograph counters at 6 and 12 o’clock positions, respectively. These two contrast the silver-toned dial, while the small seconds sub-dial nicely blends in with the background. This is all complemented with black hour and minute hands with luminous paint, while the central second hand is in vibrant yellow, which is also present on the hands of the two chronograph counters. Other features of the dial include the date window, positioned at 3 o’clock, and of course, the luminous indices. Finally, the whole thing is covered with a sturdy glareproofed sapphire crystal.

Just bursting with sporty details

Inside this sporty timepiece is a self-winding chronograph movement, the ETA caliber 7750 with 25 jewels. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and it has a power reserve of 46 hours. One of the most notable things about the movement is the fact that it’s been officially chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, which tells you a lot about the quality.

Finally, we come to the strap. Actually, there are three options here: first, there’s the stylish perforated black Barenia leather strap, which is complemented with yellow stitching. The second option includes a NATO strap, with a similar black and yellow color combination. Finally, Chopard has also prepared a metal bracelet.

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