For those who like the sound of motors humming and watching classic motor vehicles run their laps, you can rejoice knowing the Mille Miglia race is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. And to mark the occasion the official timekeeper Chopard will be releasing a special limited edition timepiece.
Chopard began supporting the Mille Miglia races in 1988, but this event has been going on since 1927. Firstly introduced as an open-road endurance race for the cars of their era, but as time passed other rules were put in place. To keep it a classic and unique motorsport completion, they decided to limit participants to only competing with vintage cars, which were used in between 1927 to 1957. Recently at Baselworld 2017 Chopard had even released a pair of “His & Hers Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph” that we reviewed previously.
The 46mm case is made of 18k rose gold with a transparent case back that allows to view the inner working of the mechanical movement. Its bezel has been softly polished and it features short curved lugs for a nice wrist fit. There are two push-pieces designed like car pistons to control the chronograph and flyback functions. There is also a crown in between these pushers that’s also made of 18k rose gold. Covered by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal; water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a white dial with Arabic numerals. It includes three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock; a sub-seconds above the 6 o’clock positon; and a 12-hour counter seen at the 9 o’clock position. All the hands on this watch are made of 18k rose gold. There is also a railroad motif index minute ring circling the dial, followed by a tachymeter scale circling around near the bezel. The Arabic numerals and central hands have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary
This “Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary” (Ref#: 161299-5001) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber L.U.C 03.07-L1 with 45 jewels, 300 components and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a matt brown vintage calfskin strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k rose gold and stainless-steel folding clasp. This is a limited edition with only 90 pieces manufactured, to match one per each Mille Miglia edition, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary.
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