Baselworld 2014 preview…First look…
Despite its long name, the special series Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph is among my favorite’s from Chopard. Particularly as its design has been significantly improved and made more sporty (“Grand Prix-ish”) over the years. As I chronicled in-depth in 2012, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph series has been issued biennially since 2002, which makes the 2014 model the 7th such introduction in the series. As you can see here and now, for 2014 Chopard has stepped it up with a bold yellow-and-black color set with attractive strap options. But there are also some more subtle changes, including a case resize and redesign, a dial redesign, chrono pusher enhancements, and more. I’ll break it all down, below.
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph 2014
44.5mm x 13.9mm titanium case, polished titanium chrono pushers & crown, automatic mechanical COSC-certified chronograph caliber,
Let me now point out the most important features of the new Grand Prix de Monaco Historique including what is new for the 2014 model vs. the 2012 model.
First off, the case — though still crafted of titanium — has been given a new shape with tauter, more dynamic lines than prior iterations — as well as a ~2mm upsize to 44.5mm. The titanium is given a beadblasted finish, which provides for a nice contrast with the polished chrono pushers and polished, engraved caseback (both also titanium). Like prior models, the logo of the Automobile Club de Monaco (organizer of the Monaco Grand Prix) is engraved on the caseback (not pictured).
Look closely and you will also see that the dial has been redesigned. Gone are the horizontal racing stripes on matte dial and homogenous chrono subs, replaced instead a snailed silver-tone dial (circular grooving) with 2 inverse (black) subs at 12 and 6. The hour-marker ring is now punctuated by arrow-shaped hour-markers filled with luminova; I think the hour markers are more integrated into the overall dial design as opposed to the 2012 markers which were “floating”.
The watch is completed with a perforated black calfskin strap with yellow stitching and a titanium folding clasp. A nylon NATO-type black strap with yellow stripes — as pictured up top — is also an option.
All-in, it is a wonderful rendition. Price: $7,640. chopard.com
While I won’t call myself the preeminent authority on the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph series, I do not believe you will find a more extensive or detailed review of the series than that which I researched and published a couple years ago — please check it out — Lookback: A Profile of the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Collection>>>