French brands Chapal and Kelton have come together to create the Chapal x Kelton Chronographe 1972. This limited edition sports watch combines the reading of current time with a chronograph display, paying homage to the shared passion for automobiles between the two brands.
With 190 years of history, Chapal has been a part of various aviation and motor racing adventures around the world. Their Driving & Racing collection targets vintage car collectors and gentlemen drivers who seek to blend in with the era of their vehicle with style and sophistication. The Chapal family, starting as tanners and later becoming industrialists, has a rich history in France, England, and the United States. Today, Jean-François Bardinon, the 8th-generation president of the brand, continues this legacy as the artistic director of Chapal.
Established in 1955, Kelton has roots in both the United States and France. In the 1970s, Kelton was part of the American giant Timex and sponsored Formula 1 racing with Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi, who became world champions in 1972 and 1974. This watch is named after that year, honoring the driver’s achievements.
The 1970s was a decade of creativity and innovation for both brands. Chapal was part of the 1968 Olympic Games, dressing hostesses in the iconic Chapalac jacket, which remains a staple in their collection. Kelton stood out for its youthful spirit and offbeat communication, with the slogan “You change, change your Kelton”.
Decades later, Chapal x Kelton are proud to celebrate their shared history and passion with the Chapal x Kelton Chronographe 1972. The watch, assembled in France, is Kelton’s most accomplished piece to date, and its bracelet is handmade by Chapal’s skilled craftsmen.
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