It was the distant year of 1939 when the city of Zurich was preparing to host the first Grand Prix event, which ended up not happening with the outbreak of the Second World War and it took more than 80 years for the Swiss city to host that event again.
It is in this context that today Maurice de Mauriac and Tom Mächler, two motorsport enthusiasts, decided to roll up their sleeves and create the new Maurice de Mauriac Chrono Modern Grand Prix Zurich.
Tom Mächler, who is responsible for the Züri Ring Simulation Motodrom, a unique space that allows anyone to experience the sensations of driving a Formula 1 car through an advanced simulator, was not the only one to contribute to this project, which also included precious help from the racing legend Hans Herrmann, the racing photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch and the Formula 1 enthusiastic media designer Stefano Luzzatto.
The new chronographs, which arrive in the form of two variants and in two different sizes, can also be personalized with a lucky number shown on the dial and to each person’s taste, as long as this number is between 1 and 99, and which in the future can be changed if its owner so decides, as Maurice de Mauriac understands that tastes change over time.
The two chronographs that reinforce the Pit Stop collection, wear a stainless steel case measuring 42 or 45mm in diameter and 10.70mm thick, the silvery white dial version featuring a brushed finish while the black dial variant comes with a black PVD coating. Brand’s patented screwed bezel, sapphire glass front and back, screw-down crown at 3 o’clock flanked with two screwed pushers and 100m water resistance.
On the Bi-compax dial, we can find two sub-dials substantiated in a 30-minute counter at noon and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, a double black day-date window at 3 o’clock right next to the crown, the lucky number wrapped in a white circle and in the style of a racing car, applied Arabic numerals and leaf hands filled with luminescent material.
Inside, it comes equipped with the Valjoux/ETA 7750 automatic movement that reaches 28,800 Vph and offers two days of power reserve. The Caliber that can be seen through the open rear case shows blue screws and a black-coated oscillating weight.
The watch arrives attached to a NATO-type nylon strap painted with two white and blue stripes that match the two stripes that cross the dial vertically, with hardware in the same tone as the case and which are now available with prices starting at CHF 4,725.
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Brand: Maurice de Mauriac
Model: Chrono Modern Grand Prix Zurich
Dial: Silvery white, black
Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Case Dimensions: 42/45 mm Diameter, 10.70 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire glass
Case Back: Sapphire glass
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Strap: Nylon NATO-type strap with blue and white stripes
Calibre: Vajoux/ETA 7750
Dimensions: 30 mm Diameter, 7.90 mm thickness
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, chronograph
Frequency: 28,800 Vph
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Price: Starting at CHF 4,725
Limited Edition: No