Introduced in 2007, this special anniversary edition timepiece reflects the brand’s longstanding cooperation with the “Mille Miglia”, the legendary racing event which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2007.
In 1927, amid the high spirits of the “Roaring Twenties”, four dedicated motor sports enthusiasts decided to organise an international race that would not be reserved for an elite and in which any good driver could take part. However, only regular production non-modified vehicles by well-known car-makes were to be entitled to compete.
This was the start of the “Mille Miglia”. From 1927 to 1957, the greatest drivers at the wheel of the most prestigious models from the car manufacturers raced along the dusty roads of 1,600 km through Italy. It had to be stopped in 1957 following a serious accident and was not revived until 1977.
Chopard has been sponsoring the legendary Mille Miglia classic since 1988. Far from opting for a purely passive form of sponsorship, the Scheufele family, owner of Chopard, took part personally right from the beginning.
Two substantial models were produced to mark the 80th anniversary of this legendary race. The first model produced in a limited edition features a slate-coloured dial which immediately evokes some of the prestigious speed machines that have made their mark on the history of the “Mille Miglia”.
Its oversized 6 and 12 o’clock Arabic numerals transferred beneath the sapphire crystal – a first for the collection – give it an exclusive touch, while its aerodynamic pushers reinforce its sporting nature. The original chronograph counters arranged on two dial levels and its tachometric scale engraved on the bezel make this a highly contemporary and particularly legible time-measuring instrument.
Produced in limited editions of 2007 in steel (ref. 16/8489) and 500 in 18-carat rose gold (ref. 16/1268), this model houses a selfwinding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC.
The generous 44mm diameter case is water-resistant to 100 metres and enhanced by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, a screw-locked crown and a back stamped with the “Mille Miglia” route.
A “Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono” 2007 was also produced in a black dial version featuring oversized numerals with Superluminova coating (ref. 16/8459). It has a transparent sapphire crystal case-back that provides a clear view of the self-winding chronograph movement chronometer certified by the COSC.