Chopard are notorious for making their classic racing collection of watches. Their most noteable watch in that collection being the Mille Miglia collection.
For this Basel 2014, Chopard have decided to release the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono 2014 . This is the seventh installment of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. Chopard first introduced this series in 2002 and produces one new model every two years. I must say I really like it because of their use of yellow on the dial and the straps to accent and give life to this stylish chronograph.
Tudor have definitely made the Nato strap iconic in a modern day sense with their return and re-release of the Heritage Chronograph.
The new Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono 2014 definitely has that Tudoresque feel with their applied shield like markers while still maintaining their own identity.
The watch has undergone some subtle yet important changes since it’s 2002 introduction. The case is redesigned and constructed out of a bigger 44.5 mm titanium bead blasted case which strikes a great balance to the contrasting titanium chronograph pushers and crown which have some incredible technical detail. The 2012 model had horizontal racing stripes on the dial running through the center which have been removed on this new updated version.
I love the fact the silvered dial has been snailed which gives it depth and character, while the black vertical subdials with yellow hands at the twelve and six o’clock position provide a nice contrast and a silver-toned hollowed counter at 9 o’clock. The hands are black metallic for the hour and minutes and yellow for the chronograph reset hand.
The movement is an ETA Calibre 7750, which has a 46 hour power reserve and C.O.S.C Chronometer Certified . The bezel is stainless steel with a black aluminium insert, silver transfer and yellow dots. The caseback is stamped with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo. FInally the watch is water resistant to 100 meters and has an a/r coated sapphire crystal and is fitted on a black Barenia leather strap with yellow seams or an optional black and yellow NATO strap with a titanium and steel folding clasp.
Technical specs for the 2014 Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph
Case- Titanium 44.5 mm
Dial- silver-toned snailed dial, with black snailed hollowed counters at 12 o’clock at 6 o’clock, and a silver-toned hollowed counter at 9 o’clock
Movement-Swiss automatic ETA caliber 7750 with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 46 hours. It is COSC-certified as a chronometer
Hands- are metallic black for the hour and minutes and yellow central seconds hand.
Water Resistance- 100 meters
Crystal- A/R Coated sapphire
Strap- Black Barenia leather strap with yellow seams or an optional black and yellow NATO strap with a titanium and steel folding clasp.
Retail Price- $7,640