With combined analog/digital display, the new Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Time Attack MF (Ref. 168518-3001) treads on the territory 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. They easily serve two gods, if you know what I mean.
Okay, here comes the Time Attack MF that successfully combines the traditional dial of a mechanical watch with a digital interface of a quartz timepiece.
Of course, Chopard is not the first brand that has 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.
But this is the first model in the 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 thermo-compensated caliber) lets you measure time with precision up to 1/100 of a second.
The built-in computer can also show the 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 it was officially certified by COSC as a “chronometer.”
I am not sure why did they supply the device with a tachymetric scale, but it certainly looks nice.
The version on the picture comes sporting a 42.5 mm x 14.40 stainless steel case, but there is also an 18-karat rose gold model of the same size. Although, for a sporty watch, the case is not that thick (at least, not on paper) in reality the device looks a bit clunky due to the simple, almost cylindrical shape of its body. This is not a problem neither from the point of mere convenience, nor usability, but, frankly, I would probably prefer the case to have more elaborate shape. Well, that’s a sort of personal preference.
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Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Time Attack MF 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: Stainless steel or rose gold
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