Chopard’s new sports watch, the Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed black, is born of its passion for classic motor racing. Cloaked in deep black, this powerful model joins the Mille Miglia GTS collection launched in 2015 and inspired by the legendary Italian competition for which Chopard has been serving as official timekeeper since 1988. Sophisticated design and technical excellence combine in this exclusive timepiece powered by a Chopard calibre and chronometer-certified by the COSC.
With its red “RossaCorsa” detailing, its oversized numerals recalling 1950s dashboards, its engine-style finishing and its strap featuring a vintage Dunlop racing tyre-tread motif, the new Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed black – issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition – perpetuates the Chopard classic racing spirit.
The intensely dusky Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed black now enriches this iconic collection by revisiting the characteristics of the classic cars that took part in the Italian race between 1940 and 1957. Cloaked in deep black from its case and dial all the way to its functional screws, it flaunts a powerful look and a sporting character suited to all occasions.
This contemporary timepiece issued in a 1,000-piece limited series comes in a sturdy 43 mm-diameter case made of stainless steel blackened by a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) treatment creating an extremely resistant coating, topped by a bezel with a graduated black aluminium insert. Its short, streamlined lugs – designed to mould the curves of the wrist to perfection – ensure optimal comfort and a unique style.
The model is ideally complemented by the integrated black rubber strap inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyres and fastened by a DLC-coated stainless steel folding clasp. The screw-in case-back guaranteeing water resistance to a depth of 100 metres is secured by eight PVD-treated black screws and engraved with the inscription “Mille Miglia GTS Speed black”. Its tinted crystal surrounded by a bright red gasket provides fascinating glimpses of the Chopard movement its engine-style finishes and its open-worked oscillating weight.
While the Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed black lives up to its name, it also plays on contrasts. Its velvet-finish matt black dial is lit up by flamboyant red accents in the shape of a sweep-seconds hand, the gasket surrounding the minute track, as well as the arrow-shaped Mille Miglia logo framing the date aperture.
This iconic “RossaCorsa”, the shade formerly allocated to Italy in motor-racing competitions, is one of the “racing colours” that served to identify rival nationalities. The superlumionva-painted oversized 6 and 12 o’clock Arabic numerals stand out clearly against the dial. Evoking the dashboards on classic cars, they meet the legibility demands of the Italian race that takes place in any weather. Reflecting the same care for details, the broad facetted dagger-shaped hands and the black metallised applied hour-markers are painted with a luminescent substance, thereby accentuating the sporting nature of this prestigious timepiece.
The impressive lines of the Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed black house an ‘engine’ boasting equally remarkable precision and performance. Chopard Calibre 01.01-M, entirely conceived, developed and assembled in the Chopard workshops, is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Endowed with a generous 60-hour power reserve, this mechanical self-winding movement powers the hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. A symbol of prowess and high technical standards, this mechanism features grooved bridges with exclusive finishes echoing the cooling fins on racing cars.
Model: Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed black
Ref. 168565-3002 – in DLC-coated stainless steel with a rubber strap
1,000-piece limited edition
Scratch-resistant DLC-coated blackened steel case
Total diameter: 43.00 mm
Thickness: 11.43 mm
Water-resistant to: 100 metres
DLC-coated blackened steel crown: 7.00 mm
Bezel with aluminium insert with shiny black numerals
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition screw-in back with Mille Miglia GTS Speed black inscription, red gasket and tinted crystal
PVD-coated case-back screws
Self-winding movement Chopard 01.01-M
Total diameter: 28.80 mm
Thickness: 4.95 mm
Number of jewels: 31
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours
Velvet-finish matt black dial with white transfers and red gasket
Facetted hands, black metallised numerals and appliques painted with Superluminova
Red sweep-seconds hand
Hours, minutes and seconds
Aperture-type date display at 3 o’clock
Rubber strap inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyres
Bead-blasted DLC-coated blackened stainless steel folding clasp