The official timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, the watchmaking company Chopard, will officially present a new model Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono 2014 at the Baselworld exhibition which runs from March 27 to April 3, 2014, in Basel, Switzerland. This year, Chopard enters its seventh consecutive year as the official timekeeper of the famous race in the principality of Monaco.
This novelty combines silver-toned snailed dial finish with black snailed hollowed sub-dials which are located at the 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock positions, as well as silver-toned hollowed counter at the 9 o’clock position.
Its silver-toned dial dial with circular guilloche comprises applied hour indexes, metallic black hour and minute hands and yellow central seconds hand. Indexes and hour and minute hands are filled with luminescent substance for best visibility under low light conditions. The dial flange and chrono hands are colored in yellow and this color has been chosen as a warning color on the racetrack in Monaco. There is also a date window which is traditionally placed at the 3 o’clock position.
The watch is housed in a round, titanium case with the diameter of 44.5mm and the thickness of 13.9mm. Its sporty case incorporates a fixed bezel inscribed with a black PVD-coated tachymeter scale which shows off an incredibly superb contrast with bright tones on the dial. At the right side of the case there is a screw-down crown and two chrono push-pieces.
On the front side of the case and screwed case back there is installed a sapphire crystal that protects the mechanism and provides water resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet). The back cover is stamped with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo.
This newcomer is powered with the legendary Swiss made automatic movement ETA Valjoux 7750 which is officially certified COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) as a chronometer. The self-winding chronograph movement is build on 25 jewels and has a beating rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The mechanism is capable to deliver a fairly generous power reserve of approximately 46 hours.
The new Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono (ref. 168570-3001) is also a tribute to the racing cars from the 70s. Considering that fact, its strap is made of black Barenia leather with yellow stitching. There is also an optional black and yellow NATO strap.
The Monaco Grand Prix Historique race is held every two years and Chopard releases new watches to celebrate this event.