The historic Mille Miglia race continues with its Chopard partnership, in yet another classy pair of limited edition timepieces. Although the 2020 edition of this classic cars rally has also been postponed until late October, due to COVID-19. Chopard has opted to still go ahead with the release of these elegant “Azzuro” blue dials, to the delight of many horology and motorsport aficionados.
First up lets focus on the “Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Azzuro Power Control”. The 43mm wide case is made of stainless-steel with gold elements, while on the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
Mounted to the case is an 18k rose gold bezel, with a blue aluminum insert that includes a 60-minute scale. The setting crown has also been crafted out of a shinny rose gold, and placed between the steel pushers. Water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue colored dial obtained by a galvanic treatment, with a circular satin-brushed finish. It features white hour index markers and the Arabic numerals: 6 and 12; all of which have a gold outline. While on the flange circling around near the bezel is a dark blue ring with white printed minute index markers, followed by slightly bigger markers for each 5-minute increment.
There is a day-date at the 3 o’clock position, placed within the iconic red arrow logo with the “1000 MIGLIA” inscription. It also includes fuel gauge-style power reserve indicator at the 9 o’clock position, maintaining the racing-car motif.
Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Azzuro Power Control
The “Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Azzuro Power Control” (Ref#: 168566-6002) is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, in-house caliber 01.08-C with 40 jewels, 251 parts and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a blue calfskin leather perforated strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel folding clasp. This is a limited edition of only 500 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Chopard website here.
MSRP: $9,690.00 USD
Next up we got the “Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Azzuro Chrono”. The 44mm case is made of stainless-steel with a screw-on case back embossed with the Mille Miglia logo on a checkered flag pattern; while circling around it is the racing route inscription “BRESCIA > ROMA > BRESCIA” and the limited edition number of each individual timepiece.
Mounted to the case is a steel bezel with a blue aluminum insert, which includes a white printed tachymeter scale. It also comes equipped with two push-pieces that activate the chronograph functions. In between the steel pushers is a setting-crown, embossed with a racecar steering-wheel. All topped by a sapphire crystal that also assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue dial with steel applique hour index markers, followed by a slopped minute ring that can be seen circling the periphery of the dial. It features a tri-compax layout with two contrasting snailed blue sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position, a sub-seconds at 9 o’clock, and a 30-minute counter at the 12 o’clock position.
This model also features a day-date at the 3 o’clock position, placed within the iconic red hour logo with the “1000 MIGLIA” inscription. The central hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Azzuro Chrono
The “Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Azzuro Chrono” (Ref#: 168571-3007) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement with 28,800 vph. It is a COSC-certified watch that features a stop seconds function. Power-reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hour, when fully wound.
Mounted to this watch is a blue calfskin leather perforated strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. This is a limited edition of only 750 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Chopard website here.
MRSP: $7,400.00 USD