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Chopard and the Mille Miglia 2010


Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2010
A great sporting classic

The strength of true classics is that they simply never age, provided they are perpetually reinvented. The Mille Miglia watch is one of the great watchmaking classics, an iconic sports watch that is annually reinterpreted by Chopard. The 2010 model is certainly a match for the reputation established by its illustrious predecessors. A powerful design combined with sterling technical qualities make this 2010 another great vintage. The Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2010 is distinguished by a generous 44 mm case in steel or 18-carat rose gold, framing a vintage-style design with elongated numerals that are nonetheless in tune with the spirit of the characteristic Mille Miglia numerals. The same goes for the rhodium-grey engine-turned finish reminiscent of vintage sports car dashboards, along with the minute circle in black and red – the colour of the legendary race that attracts the best OR crème de la crème of classic cars to the route running from Brescia to Rome and has been sponsored by Chopard for over 20 years. The case is water-resistant to 100 metres and fitted with a bezel bearing a tachometric scale, as well as a screw-lock crown adorned with the famous Mille Miglia arrow and broad chronograph pushers controlling functions that are more readable than ever thanks to the dial design. The translucent black PVD limited edition inscription on the sapphire crystal case-back is inspired by the race numbers of the cars taking part in the rally. The readability is further improved by anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both faces.

The Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2010 is equally impeccable from a technical standpoint. Its mechanical self-winding movement beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour – 4 Hertz – is visible through the transparent case-back. Chronometer-certified by the COSC, it features a 46-hour power reserve which drives the hour, minute, date, small seconds functions, as well as the chronograph and its central seconds hand, along with 30-minute and 12-hour counters. It is also equipped with a stop seconds mechanism enabling time-setting to the nearest second.

The Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2010 is secured firmly to the wrist by a natural rubber Dunlop Racing strap featuring a design echoing that of the 1960s racing tyres and fitted with a folding clasp. The Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2010 is available in a limited steel edition of 2010 or in a 250-piece limited edition in 18-carat rose gold.

Technical details

  • Case
    • Steel or 18-carat rose gold
    • Total diameter 44 mm
    • Thickness 14.36 mm
    • Water-resistant to 100 metres
    • Glareproofed sapphire crystal (with black transferred 12 and 6 o’clock numerals)
    • Rectangular integrated pushers in steel or 18-carat rose gold
    • Screw-lock crown in steel or 18-carat rose gold
    • Open case-back
    • Transferred limited-edition inscription on the sapphire crystal case-back
  • Movement
    • Self-winding
    • Number of jewels 25 rubies
    • Power reserve approx. 46 hours
    • Frequency 28,800 vph
    • Total diameter 37.20 mm
    • Stop seconds device for time-setting
    • Bridges adorned with “Côtes de Genève”
    • Chronometer-certified by the COSC
  • Dial and hands:
    • Rhodium-grey engine-turned dial
    • Rhodium-plated hour, minute hands and hour-markers coated with Superluminova
    • Rhodium-plated central chronograph seconds hand with red arrow tip
  • Functions and displays
    • Hours and minutes
    • Small seconds at 9 o’clock
    • Chronograph: minute counter at 12 o’clock, hour counter at 6 o’clock and central seconds hand
    • Date window at 3 o’clock
  • Strap and clasp
    • Natural black rubber strap (1960s Dunlop Racing tyre-tread)
    • Folding clasp in steel or 18-carat rose gold

Limited edition of 2010 pieces in steel 168459-3019
Limited numbered edition of 250 in rose gold 161268-5007

Here’s a photo of Karl Scheufele, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, (Remember folks, Chopard is a family owned business) and Jacky Ickx wearing the new Chopard Mille
Miglia Chronograph 2010.

Right, that’s enough of this watch stuff, Mille Miglia, Jacky Ickx… that means cars.

Chopard have a long association with the Mille Miglia and has recently signed a new contract as official timekeepers for the event for the next twenty years. This year’s event (in May) saw 375 entrants, the cars were constructed between 1927 and 1957 and that means fine pieces of kit…

BNC 527 1100 Grand Sport Monza 1927

Jason Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) in a Maserati A6G54 (1955)

Karl Scheufele and Albert Carreras in a Mercedes 300 SL

Jacky Ickx, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in a Porsche 550-1500 RS

Maserati 150S (1955)

Nick Mason in a Frazer Nash Le Mans (1949)

Oh, Giuliano Cané and Lucia Galliani, in a 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Coupé, were the first to cross the finish line, making this their tenth Mille Miglia victory. Luciano Viaro, who had come in first in the races in 2005, 2007 and 2008, paired with Mark Gessler in a faithful Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Gran Sport, took second place this time. In third place were Enzo Ciravolo and Maria Leitner, in another BMW, a 1937 BMW 328.

As Chopard’s emblematic sports watch that has come to symbolise the world’s most famous classic car rally, the Mille Miglia remains loyal to the annual event that has made it a classic in the field of luxury watchmaking. Immediately recognisable thanks to its natural rubber Dunlop Racing strap, it appears in 2010 in a 44 mm-diameter steel case housing a self-winding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the COSC.


Written by kevin

July 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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