Swiss luxury watch brand Chopard celebrates its association with Mille Miglia race by launching Mille Miglia 2013 edition. Entirely redesigned GMT chronograph celebrating the 2013 edition of “la corsa più belle del mondo” is a nod to the design of historical racing cars. Ergonomic, functional and sophisticated, the Mille Miglia 2013 is a limited edition that has racing in its genes and in its gear trains.
The Mille Miglia 2013 is a self-winding chronograph featuring a 24-hour dual-time indication and a date display. In formal terms, it is a tribute to motor sports in general and to the race itself. Now entirely redesigned, it also testifies to the extreme concern for detail that Chopard displays in each of its timepieces.
The 42.8 mm-diameter case of the Mille Miglia 2013 is topped by a generous 44 mm bezel, an ingenious association that preserves the imposing presence of the watch while making it a more comfortable fit on even the slimmest wrists. This quest for optimal ergonomics had also led to revamping the lugs that are now short and tapering so as to secure the watch more firmly to the wrist. The mushroom-shaped chronograph pushers enable smooth handling thanks to the nonslip knurled grid pattern on their surface ensuring a firm grip. Finally, the rubber strap with the 1960’s Dunlop racing-tyre motif is integrated with the case for a more flowing look and feel.
The dial of the Mille Miglia 2013 chronograph focuses on readability. The red sweep seconds hand is tipped with white to make it stand out. The light grey chronograph counters make a striking contrast with the rest of the anthracite grey dial. They provide a second level of functional read-off, detached from the rest of the dial and its information. The tachometric scale appears on the bezel, while the dual-time reading is positioned on the dial between the hour-markers.
Another distinctive feature is the date that is now shown in the red arrow that has become the race logo, inherited from the signposts that enabled competitors to find their way from Brescia to Rome and back. This shape is also echoed on the hour-markers, which, along with the hands are enhanced with Superluminova to ensure the watch can be read at night inside a classic Maserati or Porsche.
The colour symbolising Italy’s passion for automobiles is the chromatic theme of the Mille Miglia 2013 chronograph. This vibrant red shade frames the inner bezel ring, surrounds the counters and adorns the chronograph hands. The inimitable colour of racing, of adrenalin and of Italian gentlemen drivers, it sums up the warmth and depth of the close ties binding Chopard to the world of motor sports.
Steel or 18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 44.00 mm
Thickness: 13.70 mm
Water resistance: 100 metres
Crown in steel or 18-carat rose gold with steering-wheel logo
Steel or 18-carar rose gold pushers with knurled grid motif
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Solid case-back in steel or 18-carat rose gold with 1000 Miglia arrow logo
Mechanical self-winding chronograph
Total diameter: 30.40 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: 46 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Dial and hands
Anthracite dial with three silver-toned snailed hollowed counters at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock
Hour and minute hands as well as hour-markers rhodium-plated for the steel version and gold-plated for the 18-carat rose gold version – in both instances enhanced with Superluminova
Black GMT hand with rhodium-plated or gold-plated Superluminova-enhanced arrow
Red sweep seconds hand with white tip
Red counter hands
Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Central dual-time display
30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and central sweep seconds hand
Date window at 3 o’clock
Strap and buckle
Integrated strap in natural black rubber (1960s Dunlop racing-tyre tread motif)
Folding clasp in steel or 18-carat rose gold
Ref. 168555-3001 – 2013-piece limited edition in steel
Ref. 161292-5001 – 250-piece limited edition in rose gold