Chopard’s Mille Miglia Collection: What to Know?

Chopard’s Mille Miglia collection has long been inspired by the classic Italian car race which started in 1927 by Franco Mazzotti, Aymo Maggi, Giovanni Canestrini and Renzo Castagneto. The race has been entertained every year since, allowing people like you and I to get involved, for a fee of course… and a classic car built before 1957. But that’s beside the point – Chopard has captured this excellence and narrated it through their own watches, combining elegant design with the adoration for motorsport, leaving lovers for cars and watches wanting more.

Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Limited Edition Automatic

BUY NOW – £9,750

What makes this watch special?

The 18-karat rose gold and stainless steel case ensures the element of luxury is maintained, all whilst allowing for a contrasting colour/ material scheme to be present, so that it’s robust enough to endure the challenges of racing, but also display elegance when doing it.

Being the races lead sponsor since 1988 has meant that Chopard have had the opportunity to be creative with each of their inspired watches within the collection and this is a testament to that. Showcasing that design ability, is the fuel like gauge, showing off the power reserve indicator located at 9 0,clock – along with the rubber-lined cognac leather strap which has taken inspiration from the ’60s Dunlop racing tyres.

The features it holds:

It holds Swiss-made calibre 01.08-C automatic movement, which has been built in Chopard’s’ Fleurier Ebauches workshops and it boasts a power reserve of 60-hours along with a frequency of 28,000 vph. However, if we take a look at the 43mm case diameter, i’m not sure my small wrist size could accommodate that – however, the case thickness isn’t so dampening, at a mere 11.43mm.

This particular model is limited to just 500 pieces, meaning that the future owner of this watch might want to push the trigger sooner rather than later.

Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Chrono Automatic Limited Edition

BUY NOW – £7,190

What makes this watch special?

Instead of the previous GTS Power version included within the Mille Miglia collection, this GTS Azzurro Chrono offers something a little bit different… it’s a chronograph. There are certainly enough chronograph lovers out there to appreciate the design aspect of this particular model. The co-ordination of the rich blue dial, tachymeter and the iconic clasp-fastening blue perforated leather strap inspired by the 60s Dunlop racing tyres, are sure to grab your attention.

The features it holds:

This Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power version includes a galvanised blue circular satin-brushed dial, which i can imagine looks stunning whilst riding through the Italian terrain. The case is stainless steel adding to that durability, along with the 100m water resistance depth, finishing off with a 48-hour power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 vph.

Mille Miglia 2020 Race Edition Limited Edition

BUY NOW – £7,100

What makes this watch special?

Similar to the GTS Power version we have just spoken about, this is also a chronograph from Chopard, which in my opinion looks a lot sportier than the previous. The dial has more going on, but i don’t think it’s too crowded. The spacing from the sub-dials along with the 12 o,clock positioning of the Chopard logo looks clean and symmetrical – again with that tachymeter, however, its not on the bezel this time, allowing for the dial to transition into it seamlessly and blend in perfectly. The subtlety of the red trims grants the rest of the wristwatch to look stealthy and sleek.

The features it holds:

Limited to 1000 pieces, to honour the 35 years and counting in which Chopard has been sponsoring the Mille Miglia event. The 42-hour power reserve is sure to keep your watch ticking when whizzing around the scenic roads of Italy, that’s for sure. It also comes with a DLC-coated stainless steel case and a Pin buckle-fastening black perforated leather strap in the same style as previously mentioned (60s Dunlop racing tyres). This model is the smallest out of the three, with a diameter of 42mm and has a slightly less water resistance depth of 50m. Which is still pretty good.

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