The first ever car race took place from Paris to Rouen on 22nd July, 1894 and involved the likes of Gottlieb Daimler and the Maybach. In January 1911, the first Monte Carlo Automobile Rally took place, where many drivers converged on Monaco from five different cities: Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Bolgne-sur-Mer, Vienna and Geneva.
History, as they say, never repeats repeats itself, but over the years, Chopard has repeatedly made it a point to bring about new collections of bold aesthetics and mechanical performance wrist-watches for those who have a driving passion for watches and fast cars. Time keeping in motor racing has always been the ‘judge and jury’ for a racing pole position, a grand prix win or better yet, snatching the World Championship crown from the next best driver.
It goes without saying that Chopard’s reputation precedes itself well beyond being just mere purveyors of classically styled and fashionable wrist watches. Their association with motorsports has been nothing but relentless and steadfast that pays tribute to the Grand Prix De Monaco Historique (Monaco’s Historic Grand Prix).
Such an event marked the first ever organised race to be held in 1929 and organised by the Automobile Club de Monaco, which happens to predate the first Formula 1 World Championship that took place in 1946 and still governed by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), till today.
The Grand Prix de Monaco was only meant to be a one-off with Chopard in 2002, but with such heavy interests by those who have an exquisite taste for fine watches, classic cars and high speeds, it became a bi-annual event, where only classic cars are allowed. Chopard pride’s itself in being able to make tribute all this while, through their fine watches, to such a grand occasion, where man and machine prove their mettle in order to better their rivals, whilst paying homage to the prioneers that raced through the very same 3.3km route of Monaco’s street circuit in 1929, today. This is the reason why only classic and/or vintage cars are only allowed to traverse the age old course.
And every two years, it brings together over 200 vehicles, all of which were legends at some point in time, including models by Bugatti, Delage, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati and Ferrari, as well as Formula 1 cars built before 1979 by brands such as Brabham, Lotus and Williams.
This favoured course has always been the pinnacle of every racer’s dream, both young and old, and to be honoured with a victory on such haloed racing grounds, is as good as receiving the blessings and earning themselves a place amongst late great racing legends such as Henri Rougier (first man to win the Monaco race in 1911), Nino Farina (1948), Juan Manuel Fangio (1950), Graham Hill (6-times) and of course, the late Ayrton Senna (6-times winner, 5 back-to-back wins 1989-1993).
And so, without further ado, Chopard is and always will be pleased to present their 2010 edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique chronograph. Equipped with a mechanical self-winding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the COSC – a sure token of reliability and precision – this sophisticated watch has all the attributes one would expect from a high-performance mechanical timepiece. Protected by a 42.50mm-diameter case in steel or 18-carat rose gold and water-resistant to 50 metres, the self-winding movement has a 48-hour power reserve which drives the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, a date window and a chronograph function with a central seconds hand along with 30-minute and 12-hour counters. The case-back bears a special “Grand Prix de Monaco Historique” engraving.
This Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2010 chronograph is as aesthetically and technically daring as the “speed machines” that inspired it. Its subtle silver-coloured dial is adorned with a concentric guilloché motif and luminescent hour-markers enhanced by a minute circle in black and orange on the steel version and black and blue for the gold version, as well as a black anodized aluminium bezel incorporating silver and orange or blue markers.
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2010 chronograph is available in steel either on a black perforated barenia strap complete with orange stitching, or on a steel bracelet, as well as in 18-carat rose gold on a perforated black barenia strap with blue stitching – a luxurious version in a limited edition of 250. In both cases, the wristband security is enhanced by a Chopard-engraved folding clasp in steel or 18-carat rose gold.
- Steel or 18-carat rose gold
- Total diameter: 42.50 mm
- Thickness: 14.90 mm
- Water-resistant to 50 metres
- Glare proof sapphire crystal with integrated magnifying glass
- Crown in steel or 18-carat rose gold adorned with a racing steering-wheel
- Case-back engraved with the GPMH + Automobile Club de Monaco logo
- Bezel with black insert and transfers in two colours
- Mechanical chronograph movement
- Total diameter: 30.40 mm
- Winding: self-winding
- Number of jewels: 25
- Power reserve: approx. 48 hours
- Frequency: 28,800 vph
- Chronometer certified (COSC)
Dial and hands:
- Silver-coloured guilloché dial with Monaco Historique inscription
- Rhodium-plated hour and minutes are coated with Superluminova to allow for perfect visibility during the night
- Orange central chronograph seconds hand, or blue for the gold model
- Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
- 60-second chronograph
- 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
- Date window at 3 o’clock
Strap and clasp
- Black barenia perforated strap with orange stitching or blue stitching for the gold model
- Folding clasp in steel or 18-carat rose gold
– Steel edition 168992-3031
– Steel edition with steel bracelet 158992-3006
– Limited numbered edition of 250 in rose gold 161275-5003
For additional information, please visit or contact:
Lot G33, Starhill Gallery,
Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: (+603) 2148 3189 / 2148 3050