Chopard is in a festive mode as they celebrate their partnership with the Italian Mille Miglia race, which has reached its 30th year anniversary. To mark the occasion they are releasing the “Chopard Mille Miglia Racing Colours” a set of limited edition watches, with five distinct color schemes.
These selected colors are inspired by 1930’s tones with one assigned for each of the 5 national teams competing this year: ”Rosso Corsa” (red) for Italy, “Speed Silver” (grey) for Germany, “Vintage Blue” (blue) for France, “Speed Yellow” (yellow ) for Belgium and “British Racing Green” (green) for United Kingdom, This also marks the first time Chopard strays away from the traditional: red, black and white color scheme; bringing some needed color and variation to Mille Miglia collection.
We’ve covered various other models that have spawned from this prestigious partnership, such as the: “Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control” models available in steel or 18k rose gold with rubber straps or bracelets, you can read more about here.
And just last year the Mille Miglia race was celebrating its 90th anniversary. A milestone mark that resulted in the creation of the “Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary” (Ref#: 161299-5001) in a limited edition of only 90 manufactured pieces, one for each of the races running years, as you can learn more about here.
The 42mm case for these watches is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Each sapphire crystal exhibition case back has a color strip with a particular name referring to each dial version; while the steel part has the “Mille Miglia” logo. It also comes equipped with two push-pieces to activate the chronograph functions and a setting crown. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 50 meters (165 feet).
Time is exhibited on either a: red, blue, grey, yellow or green colored dial with white colored Arabic numerals, followed by smaller black printed minute index markers with Arabic numerals for every 5-minute increment. There are three silver 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 counters at the 9 o’clock position.
A silver ring circles around the dial near the bezel with a tachymeter scale. The “Mille Miglia” logo can be seen under the “Chopard Chronometer” inscription on the upper half of the dial. The central hands and Arabic numerals have undergone a luminescent coating for an enhanced legibility; while the thinner chronograph hand has a red colored tip. Also includes a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
Chopard Mille Miglia Racing Colours Limited Edition
This “Chopard Mille Miglia Racing Colours Limited Edition” (Ref: N/A) is powered by a self-winded mechanical movement, caliber ETA 2894-2 with 37 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watches is a black perforated calfskin strap with Chopard’s signature “Tyre Tread” rubber lining and exposed stitching matching the dial color of each piece; while secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. Each of the five distinctly colored watches is a limited each of only 300 manufactured pieces per model. For more up to date information visit the official Chopard website here.
“Rosso Corsa” (red) for Italy
“Speed Silver” (grey) for Germany
“Vintage Blue” (blue) for France
“Speed Yellow” (yellow ) for Belgium
“British Racing Green” (green) for United Kingdom
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