Chopard recently unveiled three new models in its “Classic Racing” collection, each with a new in-house, COSC-certified caliber made at the company’s Fleurier Ebauches workshops. This is significant because these are the first watches in the racing collection with movements entirely designed, developed and assembled in-house. And it is consistent with Chopard’s well known desire to further vertically integrate and thus ensure its long term independence. I’m not going to get into particulars right now, but suffice it to say that the movements look superb. A great aesthetic to them — partially openworked, very sporty, very much in-line with the racing theme — Chopard did an excellent job on this. Video and a few more looks, below.
Right now all cases are in rose gold, 45mm, but rest assured steel and possibly white gold or titanium cases will be offered before long. The strap is nicely integrated with the case, and unlike the tire-tread strap seen on the Mille Miglia and others, this strap has a slick racing tire design.
Chopard Superfast Chrono
flyback column-wheel chronograph manufacture movement
The sides are engraved with a linear pattern evoking the cooling systems on classic cars; this motif is echoed on the dial. The rectangular chronograph pushers are rubber-coated; the black screw-down crown bears the Classic Racing collection’s signature steering wheel motif.
Chopard Superfast Power Control
Of course, the new calibers are visible through the caseback — Chopard provides what it calls “arena” style see-through caseback — looks great:
VIDEO: Chopard Superfast Watches
In my view the Chronograph is the hands-down star of the bunch! All three are available for purchase today at Chopard’s new e-boutique.