In 2011, Chopard presented the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rossa Corsa, a timepiece paying tribute to the red colour of classic Italian racing cars. The Racing Colours collection now welcomes the Speed Silver model, a timepiece featuring shimmering reflections reminiscent of the legendary German speed machines that dominated motor-racing competitions in the 1930s.
By clothing the dial of the new Mille Miglia in a silver livery, Chopard is adding a new reference to its Racing Colours collection that evokes the colour-coded livery of cars taking part in international motor races until the late 1960s. Germany is in the spotlight this year with the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Silver, with other Racing Colours to follow in the near future.
The origin of Racing Colours dates back to the Gorden Bennett Cup, the famous car race launched in 1900 and pitting national teams against each other. This competition gave rise to “Vintage Blue” for France, “Rosso Corsa” for Italy, “British Racing Green”, “Speed Yellow” for Belgium, and finally “Speed Silver” for Germany.
The new Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Silver features a generous 44 mm-diameter polished titanium case. Its brushed silver-toned dial bears hollowed and snailed silver-toned counters and makes a stylish and refined match with the stitching on the black leather strap, while the minute numerals transferred on the inner bezel ring lend a touch of colour typical of dashboard speedometers. Its oversized 6 and 12 o’clock Arabic numerals transferred beneath the sapphire crystal lend an impressive and modern touch that enhances the technical side of the timepiece. Its aerodynamic titanium pushers, along with its tachometric scale engraved on the bezel, enhance its sporting nature. The perfect overall readability is highlighted by a glare proofed sapphire crystal with built-in magnified date window at 3 o’clock. The exhibition back is fitted with a sapphire crystal providing a view of the movement proudly bearing the Speed Silver logo.
The case equipped with a screw-locked crown is water-resistant to 100 metres. It houses a mechanical self-winding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC and beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, meaning 4 Hertz, and endowed with a 46-hour power reserve. It drives the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date display at 3 o’clock and chronograph function with central sweep seconds hand, 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. As befits its exclusive nature, the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Silver model is issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition.