Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro 2020

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Each year the Maison produces a new Mille Miglia watch collection to celebrate what is regularly described as ‘the most beautiful race in the world’

Each year, Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has demonstrated his passion for automobiles by competing in the gruelling, 1,000-mile contest that runs from Brescia to Rome and back – and each year the Maison produces a new Mille Miglia watch collection to celebrate what is regularly described as ‘the most beautiful race in the world’.

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The Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Chrono – the watch for gentleman drivers who make every second count

The brand-new models for 2020 comprise the Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Power Control, an automatic time and date watch, limited to 500 pieces in stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold, with a power reserve indicator based on an automotive fuel gauge, and the Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Chrono in stainless steel (750-piece limited edition) featuring a sub-dial layout inspired by a classic car instrument cluster. Both models are highlighted by elegant ‘Azzurro’ dials of a steely blue hue which contrasts beautifully with the ‘Mille Miglia red’ used for detailing the hands as well as the instantly recognisable ‘1000 Miglia’ direction arrow that frames the date window.

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The Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Power Control – built entirely in  Chopard’s workshops

Both the Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Power Control and the Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Chrono are rich in design touches inspired by the automotive world. Each steel case, for example, features sides that are grooved in the style of an engine’s piston, while the smoothly-sloping strap lugs are reminiscent of the curvature of hand-crafted coachwork. The oversized winding crown, meanwhile, recalls the chunky cap of a race-style fuel filler, while the chronograph’s pushpieces are deeply engraved in the manner of the anti-slip pattern often applied to the control pedals of competition cars.  Even the straps take their cue from the motoring world, combining the classic, perforated leather favoured by gentleman drivers of the 1950s and ’60s with a rubber lining that replicates the tread pattern of a Dunlop racing tyre.

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The particular ‘Azzurro’ (Italian for ‘blue’) that adorns the dials of the new Mille Miglia GTS Collection was chosen both for its aesthetic appeal and its similarity to the shades often used in the past on some of the world’s great classic cars. The colour both reflects the mechanical nature of the Mille Miglia timepieces and offers a versatile alternative to more conventional black or silver dials, enabling the robustly engineered Mille Miglia GTS models to fit in perfectly whether they are worn for business, at a cocktail party, on the sports field – or, of course, beneath the cuff of a favourite driving jacket.

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The Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Power Control – built entirely in  Chopard’s workshops

The Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Power Control offers a distinctive, ‘bi-colour’ look thanks to its combination of a steel case and 18-carat rose gold detailing to the winding crown, bezel, hands and hour markers. Available in just 500 examples, the 43mm timepiece has a satin-brushed blue dial with a varnished blue aluminium bezel insert marked in 12 increments of five to facilitate elapsed time recording. Turning the watch over, meanwhile, reveals an exhibition case back that allows a clear view of the meticulously decorated Chopard 01.08-C mechanical self-winding movement.

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Made entirely in-house, the 251-part mechanism offers 60 hours of power reserve (the level of which can be monitored by the indicator at the nine o’clock position on the dial) and is chronometer certified for accuracy by the COSC, the official Swiss chronometer testing institute. The steel ring surrounding the sapphire crystal case back is marked with the ‘Brescia > Roma > Brescia’ route of the Mille Miglia and each of the 500 watches is engraved with its individual edition number.

The Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Chrono – the watch for gentleman drivers who make every second count

The chronograph wristwatch is as inextricably linked with the world of classic motorsport as are fly screens, bonnet straps and wire wheels. Ideal for timing laps at a race circuit or monitoring special sections during a reliability trial, the Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Chrono combines a central chronograph hand with a trio of dashboard-like sub dials designed to separately record periods of 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours, all to chronometer-grade accuracy.

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Robust ‘pump’ pushpieces ensure the mechanism is quick and easy to stop, start and re-set even when wearing driving gloves, and the varnished blue and grey bezel insert is marked with a tachymeter scale to enable speed and distance calculations. Also fitted with the same perforated leather and tyre-tread rubber strap as the Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Power Control, the Chrono has a solid case back featuring a chequered flag pattern topped by a Mille Miglia arrow, while the ‘Brescia > Roma > Brescia’ legend and the individual edition number out of 750 is marked around the edge.

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Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Power Control

500-piece limited edition in stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold

Case:

Stainless steel

Total diameter                                                                      43.00 mm

Thickness                                                                              11.43 mm

Water-resistant to                                                                100 metres

18-carat rose gold crown with steering wheel motif       7.00 mm

Polished 18-carat rose gold bezel with blue aluminum inlay

Glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Exhibition caseback secured with screws bearing the inscription Brescia > Roma > Brescia

Movement:

Mechanical self-winding movement                                  Chopard 01.08-C

Number of components                                                      251

Total diameter                                                                      28.80 mm

Thickness                                                                              4.95 mm

Number of jewels                                                                 40

Frequency                                                   28,800 vph (4 Hz)

Power reserve                                                                      60 hours

Flat terminal curve

Chronometer certified (COSC)

Dial and hands:

Circular satin brushed blue-coloured dial achieved with galvanic treatment

Varnished blue and grey inner bezel ring with a white transfer

Super-LumiNova®-painted gilded appliques

Super-LumiNova®-painted and facetted gilded hours and minutes hands

Power reserve indicator gilded hand (at 9 o’clock)

Gilded red-tipped sweep-seconds hand

Functions:

Hours, minutes, seconds

Date aperture at 3 o’clock

Power-reserve indicator at 9 o’clock

Strap and buckle:

Blue-coloured calf leather strap with tone-on-tone stitching

Perforations inspired by driving gloves

Blue rubber lining inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyres

Polished and satin-brushed stainless steel folding clasp

Ref. 168566-6002 – in stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold with blue-coloured calfskin leather and blue rubber strap – 500-piece limited edition

 

Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Chrono

750-piece limited edition in stainless steel

Case:

Stainless steel

Total diameter                                                                      44.00 mm

Thickness                                                                              13.79 mm

Water-resistant to                                                                100 metres

Stainless steel crown with steering wheel motif             8.00 mm

Polished stainless steel bezel with blue aluminium inlay

Glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Solid caseback bearing the inscription Brescia > Roma > Brescia

Movement:

Mechanical self-winding chronograph

Number of components                                                      240

Total diameter                                                                      30.40 mm

Thickness                                                                              7.90 mm
Number of jewels                                                                 25

Frequency                                                                           28,800 vph (4 Hz)

Power reserve                                                                      48 hours

Stop seconds function

Flat terminal curve

Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands:

Circular satin brushed blue-coloured dial achieved with galvanic treatment

Varnished blue and grey inner bezel ring with a white transfer

Super-LumiNova®-painted rhodium-plated appliques

Super-LumiNova®-painted and facetted rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands

Rhodium-plated red-tipped sweep-seconds hand

Functions:

Hours, minutes, small seconds

30-minute and 12-hour counters

Date window at 3 o’clock

Tachymeter

Strap and buckle:

Blue-coloured calf leather strap with tone-on-tone stitching

Perforations inspired by driving gloves

Blue rubber lining inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyres

Polished stainless steel folding clasp

Ref. 168571-3007 – in stainless steel with blue-coloured calfskin leather and blue rubber strap – 750-piece limited edition