The new Chopard Classic Racing Chronograph limited edition watch is presented in an oversized (and definitely an overweight) 48 mm case crafted from 18-carat rose gold.
Remember that one-off Chopard Classic Racing Chrono F1 Singapore edition piece that the Swiss watchmaker sold at a charity auction for some $35,000? Well, you still have a chance to own one of 500 of its closest relatives — the Chopard Classic Racing Chronograph limited edition watch.
Both models look almost the same. There are only two visual differences one may notice with a naked eye.
The F1 Singapore edition has its vertical stripes made of 18 carat rose gold while this particular model has them crafted of the same black material as the dial. The second difference lies on the other side of the watch: the piece-unique has its caseback made of solid gold and this one sports a transparent back covered with sapphire crystal offering an unobstructed view at its automatic movement.
The latter is the same Swiss-made ETA 2894-2 top-grade chronograph caliber.
The caliber, while absolutely uninteresting from the technical point of view (I guess, there millions of them ticking on wrists of happy owners all over the world,) is nevertheless reliable and highly accurate for a mechanical watch. Being an officially COSC-certified chronometer, it offers more than acceptable level of accuracy.
As you can see, the two chronograph push-pieces are made of some sort of rubber, just as its jet-black screw-lock crown. Together with eight screws around its bezel and a rubber-molded strap featuring a classic 1960s Dunlop Racing tire-tread motif, they provide for a beautiful contrast with the polished 18-ct rose gold case.
Measuring 48 mm in diameter and 15 mm in height, the watch is ahem rather large, so be careful, don’t buy one on an impulse in some Web-based pawn shop. Or, at least, visit your official dealer and try the thing on your own wrist.
And good luck finding one, since the total run of this masterpiece is limited at only 500 units.
Chopard Classic Racing Chronograph limited edition watch specification :
Price range: $32,000
Movement: ETA 2894-2, automatic, COSC-certified chronometer
Complications: Date, chronograph
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: 18 carat rose gold, transparent case back
Case size: 48 mm
Case height: 15 mm
Dial: Black with gold hands
Water resistance: 100 m
Strap: Black rubber with rose gold deployant clasp