Introduced in 2011, the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa pays tribute to Italy and its famous racing colours.
The early 20th century witnessed the appearance of motor races with various countries competing against each other in cars sporting their national livery. Red was first attributed to an Italian car manufacturer before it became the colour of a whole country: Italy.
Bright red is the vivid shade adorning the dial of the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa in reference to the “racing colours” sported by cars taking part in motor races until the late 1960s.
This extremely sporting and sophisticated watch is inspired by the legendary Mille Miglia car rally, with its Brescia-Rome-Brescia route that annually attracts the cream of classic racing cars, and which has been partnered by Chopard since 1988.
The origin of “racing colours” dates back to the Gordon Bennett Cup, the famous car race that involved competing national teams from 1900 onwards. This sparked the emergence of “Vintage Blue” for France and “Rosso Corsa” for Italy, followed by “British Racing Green”, “Speed Yellow” for Belgium and “Silver Racing” for Germany.
The Mille Miglia GT Chrono Rosso Corsa features a generous 44 mm-diameter polished titanium case. Its red-varnished dial with silver-toned snailed hollowed counters echoes the colour of the stitching on the black leather strap, as well as the minute numerals transferred on the inner bezel ring.
Its oversized 6 and 12 o’clock numerals transferred beneath the sapphire crystal lend an exclusive touch. Its aerodynamic titanium pushers, along with the tachometric scale engraved on the bezel, further reinforce its sporting nature. The perfect legibility of the information provided is highlighted by a sapphire crystal that is glareproofed on both sides, while the case-back is engraved with the legendary route of the Mille Miglia rally.
The Chopard Mille Miglia GT Chrono Rosso Corsa is equipped with a self-winding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the COSC beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, meaning 4 Hertz. It is visible through the transparent case-back and has a 46-hour power reserve.
It drives the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, a date window with integrated magnifying lens at 3 o’clock, as well as a chronograph with sweep-second hand, a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock – the latter appearing on split levels. Its case equipped with a screw-locked crown is water-resistant to 100 metres.
The Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa is produced in a limited series of just 1,000 watches.
Model: Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa Limited Edition
Total diameter : 44.00 mm
Thickness: 14.36 mm
Water resistance: 100 metres
Titanium crown with Mille Miglia arrow logo
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal with magnifying lens and transferred 6 and 12 numerals on front
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal with Mille Miglia transfer on back
Titanium bezel with tachometer
Mechanical self-winding chronograph
Total diameter: 37.20 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: 46 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Dial and hands
Red varnished dial with three silver-toned snailed hollowed counters at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock
Superluminova-enhanced rhodiumed hour and minute hands
Rhodiumed sweep-second hand with red tip
Rhodiumed counter pointers
Functions and displays
Central hour and minute display
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Date window at 3 o’clock
Strap and buckle
Perforated black barenia leather with red stitching
Titanium pin buckle
Ref. 168459-3036 – 1,000-piece limited edition