Chopard’s Mille Miglia collection debuted a pair of new editions in steel or steel and 18k rose gold for their motorsport-inspired watches at Baselworld 2019. Just like clockwork Italy has hosted these classic vintage car races for over 40 years, since it was rebooted in 1977; with Chopard releasing accompanying timepieces for most of this run, covering over a three decade long and still on-going partnership.
Chopard also celebrated their 30th anniversary union to Mille Miglia last year with a pair of limited watches in steel (Ref#: 168589-3006) and 18k rose gold (Ref#: 168589-60001). This edition came with a colorfully decorated exhibition case back and a uniquely patterned anthracite dial, as you can see and learn more about here.
The 44mm case watch is available in a stainless-steel or steel and 18k rose gold two-tone edition. Both have a steel screw-on case back embossed with the Mille Miglia logo on a black PVD checkered flag pattern, while circling it they inscribed the racing route “BRESCIA > ROMA > BRESCIA” and the limited edition number of each individual timepiece.
Mounted to the case is a steel or rose gold bezel, which both feature a black aluminum insert with a white printed tachymeter scale. It also comes equipped with two push-pieces that activate the chronograph functions;
these pushers are made of 18k rose gold on the two-tone edition. All topped by a sapphire crystal that also assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a snailed grey and black dial with steel or rose gold applique hour index markers, followed by a black slopped minute ring that can be seen circling the circumference of the dial. It features a tri-compax layout with two contrasting snailed black sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter at the 12 o’clock position; plus a sub-seconds that blends in with the overall dominating black and grey dial tone.
There is also a date aperture with a magnifying loupe at the 3 o’clock position, sandwiched between the Chopard logo and a “CHRONOMETER” inscription. The iconic red Mille Miglia road sign can be seen to the left of the date window. Other red accents were added to bright up the dial in the form of sub-seconds hands and the tip of the chronograph hand. The central sword-style hands in steel or rose gold, as well as the hour index markers of both versions; have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Chopard Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition
This “Chopard Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition” (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement with 28,800 vph. It is a COSC-certified watch that features a stop seconds function. Power-reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hour, when fully wound.
Mounted to these watches is a brown calfskin leather perforated strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel folding clasp. This is a limited edition of only 1,000 (18k Rose Gold edition) and 250 (stainless-steel edition) manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Chopard websites here.
Stainless-steel – (Ref#: 168571-3004)
18k Rose Gold – (Ref#: 168571-6002)
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