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H historic racing events have a fixed place in Chopard's calendar. The Geneva watch and jewelry manufacturer has sponsored the Mille Miglia since 1988. And because the Scheufele family is passionate about classic cars, the company has also been supporting the historic Grand Prix in Monaco, which takes place every two years, since 2002. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who runs Chopard together with his sister Caroline - she is responsible for jewelry - is a passionate collector of classic automobiles and likes to get behind the wheel of his rolling gems himself during races.

That has Tradition at Scheufele, as the Co-President emphasizes: 'The passion for vintage cars, the love for classic automobiles, was passed on to me from my father. When I first saw the Mille Miglia in Italy in 1987, I was very impressed. I was Immediately clear what a fantastic chance there is in combining Classic Racing with Chopard watches. '

Highlight of the racing year

A hymn of praise from the Co-President for the event in the Principality makes it clear why Chopard is and will remain active as a sponsor for the seventh time in a row: 'I congratulate the Monaco Automobile Club on its great work, he has been organizing this competition for classic racing cars for many years. We are honored to be part of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, one of the highlights of the racing year. 'After all, there are tons of Grand Prix legends at the start here - on four wheels and in the cockpit.

One of the famous racing drivers is Karl-Friedrich Scheufele's friend Jacky Ickx. The two have already formed a team at several Mille Miglia. The Belgian is now 70 years old, but there is still no doubt about his driving qualities. After all, he was closed one of the best all-round drivers in his active time, he won Le Mans six times, the Paris – Dakar Rally in 1983 and was twice runner-up in Formula 1.

At the 2014 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, he went back to his long-term client Audi at the start: in a Type C from 1936, a 16-cylinder that mobilizes 520 hp and speeds up to 340 km /h. That doesn't have to be the case today, after all, it was 80 years ago that Auto-Union started -Silver Arrows to Grand Prix You drove. Which is why Jacky Ickx take it just as moderatelylike Audi head of development Ulrich Hackenberg, who was also driving a twelve-cylinder Type D from 1939.

Experience motorsport up close

But while the pre-war racing cars are still relatively moderate, this car happening in the street canyons of Monte-Carlo occasionally celebrates the hearty motorsport. Thrilling battles for position and spectacular drifts are the order of the day - whereby the driving skills of those involved often drift apart. The audience is always very close, even in the paddock, when tires are changed, engines stopped or signs of battle from the last run are barely removed.

Sometimes, however, the cold deformation is so final that on-site repair is no longer possible. This is what happened to John Goodman, for example, who wrecked a Ferrari 312B2 in a failed overtaking maneuver. Jacky Ickx was concerned, after all, it was his former company car: Ickx won the Grand Prix in this Ferrari in 1972 - and he had already driven the racer through the Principality without an accident at the historic Grand Prix.

Authentic motorsport is offered in Monaco, which leads Karl-Friedrich Scheufele to say: 'This event suits us perfectly.' For this reason, Chopard always creates special watches for this. So far it has only been chronographs. But last year Chopard launched a complete family of models. Because the Grand Prix is ​​a multi-faceted event, it also deserves a multi-faceted watch family, said Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.

And so three different models with different engines have been launched. The Chopard boss apostrophizes the three-hand watch with date display as V6, which is powered by an ETA caliber A07.111 and costs 4,300 euros in its basic version. The V8 is represented by the 'Power Control' model, whose ETA A07.161 automatic movement has a power reserve display - the movement's fuel gauge, so to speak (from 5,400 euros). The top model, the V12, is of course a chronograph. After all, it's not only its sporty appeal that goes best with racing, but also its functionality. Among other things, the speedometer of a vehicle can be determined with the timer thanks to the tachymeter scale engraved on the edge of the glass (from 5,900 euros).

Lightweights am Arm

All three models have something in common. Because Chopard attaches great importance to precision, all watches have chronometer-tested movements with a COSC certificate. Titanium is used throughout as the case material, so they are pleasantly light to wear despite a case diameter of 44.5 millimeters. A perforated cowhide strap is used in proper style,solid armbands or a NATO strap are optionally available. This black and yellow textile strap skilfully takes up the play of colors on the watch and makes it a little lighter. This variant is the first choice for Jacky Ickx.

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