One of the most successful joint horology ventures linked to motor-sports is back again! Chopard is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mille Miglia race, as their official timekeeper sponsor. They have opted for a more vintage-inspired look on these two new limited edition “Chopard Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition” watches.

Jacky Ickx, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Porsche 550 Spyder Mille Miglia 2018, Brescia ©Alexandra Pauli for Chopard

Jacky Ickx and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in a Porsche 550 Spyder at Mille Miglia 2018, Brescia * ©Alexandra Pauli for Chopard

Back at Baselworld 2018 Chopard also released the “Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale” (Ref#: 168566-3007) with a different modern approach look than we’ve grown accustomed to finding on this particular model line, as you can see and read more about here.

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“Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale” (Ref#: 168566-3007) * Image courtesy of: Chopard

Now, these new 30th anniversary editions come in a 42mm case made of stainless-steel with a polished finish, while an alternate more exclusive version slightly differs by possessing an 18k rose gold setting-crown, push-pieces and bezel mounted to it. Both editions were equipped with a stepped bezel and short stubby lugs for a secured wrist fit.

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Chopard has fitted theses watches with a sapphire exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. They have also engraved the brand name and 30th anniversary slogan “CHOPARD & MILLE MIGLIA 30 ANNI DI PASSIONE” directly to the sapphire crystal case back; while engraved on the outer steel circumference are technical details and the limited edition number, for each of these unique timepieces.


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It comes equipped with two push-pieces that activate the chronograph functions and a screw-down crown in-between them. Some unique and theme appropriate details found here are how the Chopard artisans have crafted the setting-crown to look like a petrol tank cap, plus decorating it with a steering wheel; while the chronograph pushers have been designed to resemble the engine pistons of an automobile.


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It all comes topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).

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Time is exhibited on an anthracite dial with silver-toned colored Arabic numerals, while a rail-road motif ring of minute index markers circles around with two-digit numbers for every five-minute increment. Also on the outer rim of the dial is a tachymeter scale.

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There are three azure silver-toned colored sub-dials: a sub-seconds at the 3 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position. The overall design of this dial was made to be reminiscent of the dashboard instruments found on vintage cars, which could have been seen competing at a Mille Miglia race dating back to the 1930’s.

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The central stainless-steel or 18k rose gold hands (depending on which version) and applied Arabic numerals have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. While a bit of red can be seen in the form of the “1000 MIGLIA” logo and on the tip of the thin central chronograph hand. There is also a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.


Chopard Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition

These “Chopard Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition” (References below) are powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber ETA-2859 with a Dubois-Depraz module, 37 jewels and 28,800 Vph. This movement can handle steady oscillations in rate, with a variation factor of +4/-6 seconds per day. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.


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Mounted to the watch is a black perforated calfskin strap with a rubber underside, exposed contrasting red stitching and Dunlop tire tread motifs, while both are secured to the wrist by a polished steel pin buckle.

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As aforementioned these are limited edition watches with only 1,000 manufactured pieces for the stainless-steel version and 100 pieces for the more exclusive two-tone version. For more up to date information  visit the official Chopard website here.


(Ref#: 168589-3006)  –  Stainless-Steel – Available in 1,000 pieces


(Ref#: 168589-60001)  – Stainless-Steel & 18k Rose Gold –  Available in 100 pieces

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Written by Mauro Az