Zodiac’s Grandrally chronograph gets a refresh today with four new colorways that represent both contemporary and classic takes on the brand’s vintage inspired racing chronograph. The Grandrally’s case is straight out of the 1970s, as is its two register layout, and the watch offers a ton of style at an accessible price point, largely due to the use of a quartz movement. While this one isn’t for the movement nerds among you, it’s tough to argue that this watch doesn’t have a certain aesthetic appeal, and Zodiac finishing, at its price point, punches well above its weight. Let’s take a look.
Two of the new references make adjustments to the case and bracelet as well as offering new dial designs, so we’ll look at those first. The most dramatic new take on the Grandrally is a variant with a black coated case and matching bracelet, which reads as sleek and modern. While the 70s certainly saw its share of coated watches, there’s something inherently contemporary about a watch in this style, whenever it happens to be made, and I think that’s largely what Zodiac is tapping into here. We’re also getting a gold tone case, with a contrasting black outer bezel. This variant comes mounted on an alligator-style strap, lending it an easygoing, casual sportiness.
The most traditional new Grandrally is likely the silver dialed version with black subdials. Red accents on the tachymeter bezel, running seconds subdial, and chronograph seconds hand provide just enough color to keep this one visually interesting. The fourth variant has a dark gray dial with a textured weave pattern reminiscent of carbon fiber, a silver tachymeter bezel, and is mounted to a rally strap.
The new Grandrally watches are available now through Zodiac with pricing set between $495 and $595. More information can be found here.