The new Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Time Attack MF (Ref. 168518-3001) quartz watch with combined analog/digital display treads on the territory, which is currently occupied by Breitling’s line of professional timekeepers. Probably understanding that beating the well-advertised juggernaut at its own game may prove troublesome, Chopard offers the timekeeper at a very nice price.
In these times when even affordable cars can accelerate from zero to 60 mph before you can say “Cherry pie”, even the most precise mechanical chronographs are obsolete. In most cases they serve purely decorative function rarely being used for their intended purpose.
However, there is a certain class of watches that combine classic elegance of analog display with modern digital technologies. Successfully combining traditional dial of a mechanical watch with a digital interface of an electronic timekeeper, they easily serve two gods, if you know what I mean.
Okay, here comes the new Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Time Attack MF that successfully combines traditional dial of a mechanical watch with a digital interface of a quartz.
Of course, Chopard is not the first Swiss watch maker that implemented such a combination. Even now there is a great number of such time measuring devices, including the recently introduced Breitling Airwolf Raven Special Edition quartz chronograph watch.
But this is the first model in history of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique collection.
The quartz mechanism employed in the Time Attack MF (it seems to be based on the ETA E20.341 thermocompensated caliber) lets you measure time with precision up to 1/100 of a second.
The built-in computer can also show current date, GMT (second time zone,) countdown and even a pair of alarms for both the current and a second time zone.
As usual, the functions are operated by a pair of push-buttons located at 2 and 4 o’clock.
It also must be noted that the caliber is so precise, that the watch was officially certified by COSC as a chronometer.
I am not really sure why did they supplied the device with a tachometric scale, but it certainly looks nice.
The watch on the picture comes sporting a 42.5 mm x 14.40 stainless steel case, but there is also an 18-carat rose gold model of the same size. Although, for a sporty watch, the timepiece is not really thick (at least, not on paper) in reality the device looks a bit clunky due to simple, almost cylindrical shape of its body. This is not really a problem neither from the point of mere convenience, nor usability, but, frankly, I would probably prefer the watch to have more elaborate shape. Well, that’s sort of personal preference.
See also: Edox Class 1 Ice Shark diving timekeeper
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Time Attack MF watch specification
Price range: $4000 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, 9 jewels, 32,768 vph, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Complications: Date, alarm, chronograph, second time-zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 60 months
Case material: Stainless steel or rose gold
Case size: 42.50 mm
Case height: 14.40 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black rubber with 1960s Dunlop Racing tire-tread motif or in black barenia leather; or steel bracelet; Steel folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Solid, engraved