Every two years, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique brings together drivers and devotees of historical cars for a competition driven on vintage racing cars. Chopard has been serving as sponsor and official timekeeper of the event since 2002, a natural alliance for a house whose vocation for high-precision timekeeping is synonymous with a passion for fine mechanical engineering.
“Gentlemen, please start your engines”… These words marked the official start of the 11th Monaco Historic Grand Prix on May 11th, under a sunny sky. This unique event – that runs every two years – is one of the best classic car races in Europe. Chopard served as the official timekeeper at this famous circuit car race, which attracted over 30 000 spectators and more than 500 journalists from all over the world. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard noted: “”We have a true passion for cars and classic racing and this is probably the best event you can find on the circuit anywhere in the world. I would like to congratulate the Automobile Club de Monaco on the tremendous work they do in the field of classic cars, and to salute the enduring quality of their organisation over the years. It is a true honour for Chopard to be associated again with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.” Monaco’s racing track is one the most renowned and demanding in the world. Each category in the race celebrated winners from all over the world. All these pilots won a Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2018 Race Edition timepiece in titanium and stainless steel presented to them during the prize giving gala dinner by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.
Along with Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, renowned pilots and friends of the Maison, Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell, Vanina Ickx, Vic Elford participated to the event driving the Chopard parades celebrating the 70th anniversary of Porsche. They all had a fantastic experience driving the parades on the famous circuit of Monaco. They put their helmet on and gave special runs in unique racing cars from Porsche. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele drove the Porsche 550 Spyder RS, a loan from Porsche Museum. Jacky Ickx chose the Porsche 936 Jules, the same car as the one he used to win Le Mans in 1981. Derek Bell and Vanina Ickx respectively went on the racetrack driving a Porsche 804 F1 from 1962 and a Porsche 718 F2 from 1960.
For each edition of the Grand Prix since 2002, Chopard has created dedicated timepieces. The Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2018 Race Edition watches, issued in limited editions of 250 in titanium and stainless steel and 100 in 18-carat rose gold, titanium and stainless steel are authentic driver’s instruments created for gentlemen drivers. Available on a blue calfskin leather strap with orange stitching or on a blue NATO bracelet with orange stripes, these COSC-certified chronographs are imbued with the technical spirit of classic racing and are designed to support drivers during this exceptional competition.
Chopard would like to thank its transportation automobile partner, Porsche, for its outstanding support throughout the entire event.