To celebrate 30 years of partnership between Chopard and the Mille Miglia, the Geneva-based Maison presents a new sports edition of the emblematic collection Mille Miglia in subtle shades of grey – the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigrio Speciale – born from its passion for “classic racing”.
Passion for fine mechanics
The now inseparable ties between Chopard and “classic racing” stem from the personal passion for collector’s cars nurtured by Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. This attachment found concrete expression in 1988 when the Manufacture became partner and official timekeeper of the famous Mille Miglia.
Thirty years on, this endurance competition that sees over 440 classic cars vying with each other each spring along a thousand-mile route running from Brescia to Rome and back, continues to wind its way through stunning Italian scenery. Regarded by Enzo Ferrari as “the world’s most beautiful race”, it is the source of inspiration for an eponymous watch collection created by Chopard.
Classic inspiration, contemporary style
The intensely grey Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale is revisiting the characteristics of the “classic racing” cars. They took part in the Italian rally between 1940 and 1957. With its red-accented case and dial, it exudes a powerful allure and a sporty presence suited to all occasions. This contemporary timepiece issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition.
It comes with a sturdy 43 mm-diameter case in shotblasted titanium – an extremely light and resistant material – topped by a bezel with a graduated black aluminium inlay. The watch is completed by an integrated strap in Cordura. This high-performance fabricis also used for driver race suits. The screw-in case-back, ensuring water resistance guaranteed to 100 metres, is secured by eight PVD-treated black screws. Engraved with the inscription “Brescia > Roma > Brescia”.
While the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale does as its name implies feature various shades of grey, it also plays on contrasts. It’s finely stippled anthracite dial is lit up by the “Rosso Corsa” or simply put red tip of the central sweep-seconds hand. As well as the arrow-shaped Mille Miglia logo framing the date aperture. The black Super-LumiNova®-painted oversized 6 and 12 o’clock Arabic numerals stand out clearly against the dial backdrop.
Recalling the dashboard of historical cars, they meet the readability demands of the Italian car rally which is raced in any weather. With the same purpose in mind, the broad facetted sword-shaped hands and the metallic applied hour-markers are painted with a black luminescent material. Just as drivers keep an eye on petrol level during the 1,600 km of the Mille Miglia, owners of a Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale will be able to check the power reserve of their timepiece by means of the dedicated indicator.
High-precision watch engine
The Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale houses an ‘engine’ boasting equally both precision and performance. Entirely developed, produced and assembled in the workshops of the Maison Chopard, calibre 01.08-C is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It comes with up to 60-hours of power reserve.
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Case material: Titanium
Movement: Chopaard 01.08-C
Power: ± 60 Hours with automatic winding
Water resistance: 100meter / 10ATM
Dial: Stippled anthracite grey ruthenium dial
Strap: Cordura fabric with polished folding clasp in shotblasted steel
Special Note: Limited edition of 1000 pieces
Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control price is € 7.560*