Designed in collaboration with and thanks to input from Jean Alesi, as a tribute to him from Montegrappa, the Jean Alesi Limited Edition Water-Resistant Chronograph first speaks its presence with a black-and-red colour scheme, much favoured in motorsport. Its dial creates a vision of depth thanks to sub-dials recessed into the surface, with both applied and relief indices.
These eye-catching effects continue with two patterns gracing the dial, including a lower pattern level in shiny black with circular etching at 6 o’clock, and an upper pattern level in sandblasted matte black, the dial perforated and etched with horizontal stripes. Surrounding the dial is a bezel reminiscent of the cockpit hardware in the cars Alesi drove Ferraris, with a tachymeter etched in white-on-black, an inner ring reading to a white triangle at the 60-second poin,t with the primary numerals in red, followed by a third surround drilled to resemble the pattern that lightens competition disc brakes.
Encircled by the bezel and surrounds are three sub-dials for real-time seconds, 30-minutes and 1/10th of a second counter, for unsurpassed precision; the chronograph is timed with a large red centre-sweep hand. Below the 12 o’clock position are the Montegrappa logo and Jean Alesi’s signature, both in applied silver PNP. Date can be found at the 4 o’clock point, in a small window. The functions activating the Ronda 5040 D quartz movement are activated but pushbuttons at the 2 and 4 o’clock positions.
To attach the 43mm stainless steel case to the wrist, Montegrappa devise a smooth, padded, black leather strap finished with contrasting red stitching and perforated in the manner of driving gloves drivers wore in the past. Ensuring water-resistance to 110m and completing the structure is a solid stainless steel caseback featuring Jean Alesi’s engraved signature and the watch’s individual number.
Produced in a series of only 300 examples, the collector status of every Jean Alesi Limited Edition Water-Resistant Chronograph is further enhanced by its packaging. Every timepiece reaches its owner in a specially-made box in matching black-with-red-accents, and bearing Jean Alesi’s signature in silver embossing.