Four Chronographs That Put You in the Driver’s Seat

April 20th, 2017

This is a review from the March/April 2017 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. For this story, plus features on the making of Martin’s one-of-a-kind two-millionth guitar, Ricky Gervais and the return of his guitar-playing alter ego David Brent, plus GA’s annual motoring section, including features on the Doobie Brothers’ Pat Simmons and his antique Harley-Davidsons, John Oates and his life-long fascination with cars and racing, and the untold story behind Led Zeppelin’s McLaren M8E/D racecar, pick up the new issue of Guitar Aficionado at your newsstand, or online by clicking here.

INNER DRIVE: Gear up with chronographs that put you in the driver’s seat.

Annotations by Scott Hickey


Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph Automatic
You can practically hear an engine rev when you wind this bad boy. It vividly channels the golden age of Grand Prix racing with a yellow stripe on the crystal that recalls the tape that racers previously used to mark the danger zones on their RPM gauges. Made for Autodromo’s fifth anniversary, this steel limited edition (100 pieces) reinterprets one of the brand’s earliest designs.
$1,800, autodromo.com


Girard-Perregaux Stradale Chronograph
(49590-11-111-BBBA)
The popular Club Italia chronograph Girard-Perregaux introduced in the Eighties serves as the template for this new wrist racer. Its mushroom-shaped pushers are distinctively retro, but the larger steel case (42mm) and precise in-house movement are more attuned to contemporary tastes. The silvered dial is balanced and easy-to-read, and it adds visual depth with three sunken subdials for the chrono counters and running seconds.
$9,800, girard-perregaux.com


Zenith El Primero Range Rover Special Edition
(24.2040.400/27.R797)
If comfort is more your speed, this piece presents an intriguing option. Exceedingly light on the wrist, the ceramicized aluminum case’s matte finish dovetails nicely with the brushed grey dial. With Zenith’s classic El Primero chronograph under the hood and a strap made from the same perforated leather used to upholster the luxurious Range Rover, this special edition brings time and travel together in one complete package.
$8,700, zenith-watches.com


Tag Heuer Heuer Monza Chronograph
(CR2080.FC6375)
Tag Heuer celebrates its rich racing heritage with this award-winning reissue of the celebrated Monza Chronograph, which debuted in 1976 to honor Formula One driver Niki Lauda’s first championship with Ferrari. Like the original, the black, cushion-shaped design combines chronograph, pulsometer, and tachymetric functions but takes a decidedly modern turn by housing them in a larger (42mm) case made from titanium
instead of steel.
$5,200, tagheuer.com

This is a feature from the March/April 2017 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. For this story, plus features on the making of Martin’s one-of-a-kind two-millionth guitar, Ricky Gervais and the return of his guitar-playing alter ego David Brent, plus GA’s annual motoring section, including features on the Doobie Brothers’ Pat Simmons and his antique Harley-Davidsons, John Oates and his life-long fascination with cars and racing, and the untold story behind Led Zeppelin’s McLaren M8E/D racecar, pick up the new issue of Guitar Aficionado at your newsstand, or online by clicking here.

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