To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the partnership with Mille Miglia, Chopard presents a new collection composed of five Mille Miglia Racing Colours watches featuring national colours such as Rosso Corsa, Speed Silver, British Racing Green, Vintage Blue and Speed Yellow.
National colours for motor racing were first attributed in the 1910s. In order to identify the nationality of the competing drivers, one colour was allocated to each country. Bright red Rosso Corsa for the Italians, British racing green for the United Kingdom, grey-white for the German “silver arrows”, yellow for the Belgians as in their national flag, and finally blue for the French Bugattis and Talbots.
This provides a valuable explanation behind the historical colours of various speed machines. The fact that Ferraris are red and Aston Martins are green is no coincidence, instead stemming from the earliest great races, of which the Mille Miglia was one of the most popular.
This collection offering five different colours is an opportunity for unconditional fans of the Maison to acquire a collector’s model and to match their outfits with one of these dials or with the bodywork of their car. An original means of merging two consuming and often shared passions for fine watchmaking and historical racing cars.
These Mille Miglia Racing Colours are finely crafted 42 mm chronographs assembled by the Chopard master-watchmakers in 300-piece limited series for each dial colour. Their calibre beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and is COSC-certified, ensuring chronometer-worthy precision throughout the 42 hours of its power reserve.
The Mille Miglia Racing Colours chronographs are inspired by the cars that competed in the Mille Miglia between 1927 and 1940. The dials display optimal legibility thanks to broad Arabic numerals that are luminescent at night, as are the hands. The slim cursive fonts, as well as the counters, are inspired by the typical dashboards of the late 1920s and stand out by their silver-toned colour.
The sweep-seconds hand features a bright red tip to tick off the precious seconds of the race. The arrow-shaped Mille Miglia logo appears at 12 o’clock in the heart of the dial. A successful blend of precision, comfort and elegance, these watches are authentic auxiliary instruments for drivers hurtling along Italian roads, enabling them to race in true style.
The chronograph functions serving to measure short times are complemented by the tachymeter scale, which is ideal for measuring average speeds, along with a date display.
Model: Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Racing Colours Edition
Five steel 300-piece limited editions
- Ref. 168589-3008 – in steel with Rossa Corsa dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
- Ref. 168589-3012 – in steel with Speed Silver dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
- Ref. 168589-3009 – in steel with British Racing Green dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
- Ref. 168589-3010 – in steel with Vintage Blue dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
- Ref. 168589-3011 – in steel with Speed Yellow dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
Total diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 12.67 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
Screw-lock steel crown with steering wheel emblem: 7.50 mm
Polished steel bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back with screws, Mille Miglia logo around the rim and special transfer featuring the traditional racing colours of the various nations competing in motorsports
Mechanical self-winding chronograph
Total diameter: 28.60 mm
Thickness: 6.10 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Chronometer-certified by the COSC
Lacquered or circular satin-brushed dial bearing the traditional racing colours of the various nations competing in motorsports
– Rosso Corsa for Italy
– Speed Silver for Germany
– British Racing Green for the United Kingdom
– Vintage Blue for France
– Speed Yellow for Belgium
White or black transfers for the minute track
Black transfers for the tachymeter scale
Red Mille Migla logo
Arabic numerals painted with Super-LumiNova
Silver-toned hours, minutes and seconds hands
Rhodium-plated baton-type hands for the hours and minutes, painted with Super-LumiNova
Rhodium-plated red-tipped sweep-seconds hand
Hours, minutes, seconds
Hours, minutes and seconds counters at 6, 9 and 3 o’clock respectively
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock
Calfskin leather strap with stitching reflecting the racing colours of the various competing nations
Rubber lining inspired by 1960s Dunlop tyre tread
Polished steel pin buckle