Chopard unveils two limited-edition Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition watches
There are many motor racing-related watches, with major brands acting as major sponsors for major racing teams and causing a stir with special editions. Chopard has taken a radically different approach to some of its high profile racing watch counterparts. For some time now, the brand has focused its racing partnerships on two historic races: the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and the Mille Miglia, the latter being the name of the brand’s line of sports watches. The Mille Miglia is a legendary Italian road race of 1,000 miles (well, it’s technically 1,005 miles), originally held from 1927 to 1957 as a real road race, and since 1977 as a celebration of cars classics taken at a slightly more leisurely pace. The race makes a round trip from Brescia to Rome and is limited to models that actually raced in one of the original races held from 1927 to 1957, meaning it’s packed with beautiful vintage automobiles. For 2022, on the occasion of the 40th edition of the modern Mille Miglia, the brand has released a pair of limited edition Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition watches, offered in stainless steel or two-tone stainless steel and ethical 18k rose gold. .
Like previous years’ editions, the Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition watches feature a 44mm case with a well-proportioned thickness of 13.79mm. While it doesn’t wear small, it’s a slimmer profile than most automatic chronographs, which means it could be a surprise on the wrist. The case design is simple, allowing the dial to do the talking. On the stainless steel and two-tone model, the case is fully brushed except for the crown, pushers, and bezel (all of which are rendered in ethical 18k rose gold on the two-tone model). The screw-down crown, neatly tucked into the guards, features a flywheel motif, while the piston pushers have criss-cross knurling. The crown seems designed to be easily gripped and helps ensure 100m water resistance. The bezel features a single groove on the side and a decidedly thin ceramic insert in blue with white demarcations inspired by mid-century Italian road signs. The slender bezel is sure to publicize the 44mm diameter, although the short and wide lugs may offer some relief. On the reverse, the screw-down caseback features a polished Mille Miglia pattern on a frosted background, surrounded by text including the route of the course, “Brescia > Roma > Brescia”, and limited edition numbering.
Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, Chopard has updated the dial from last year’s Race edition. The dial is enlivened by readability, as evidenced by the large hands and indexes, as well as the contrasting finishes. Surrounding the circular brushed silver gray dial is a slanted chapter ring with 5 minute numbering and hashes at each minute as well as quarter minute marks, sure to make timekeeping to the nearest second a breeze. . Applied hour markers feature blue CVD-treated markers filled with Super-LumiNova; their design and color are reflected by the large minute and hour hands. The dial features three sub-dials as dictated by the 7750 movement: a 30-minute counter at 12, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a running seconds counter at 9. Both chronograph counters feature partial radial grooving with a red-tipped hand . matching the central chronograph hand in a nod to Mille Miglia Red (which, by the way, is a color used by General Motors on the Corvette). Running seconds contrast with those with a solid blued hand and fully grooved surface. The dial is completed with an enlarged date at 3 o’clock (with the Cyclops on the underside of the sapphire) and the Mille Miglia logo.
The Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition is powered by a Swiss automatic chronograph movement. This is not specified by the brand who automatic chronograph caliber, but given the specifications and layout of the dial, as well as the brand’s use of ETA calibers in other models, the right silver is an ETA 7750. As specified by Chopard, the movement provides a 48 hour power reserve and operates at 28,800 bph for smooth sweeping. Chopard has gone one step further to have the movement’s chronometer certified by the COSC. While a chronograph is the obvious choice for any racing watch, the modern Mille Miglia is run as a regularity race, where the object is to complete each segment in a specific time at a specific average speed. Although race officials use GPS, pressure pads and timing staff to track progress, it won’t hurt teams to have a stopwatch-certified chronograph for the ride to keep their own time. Completing the package, this year’s Race Edition features a racing strap with a brown leather top and blue rubber backing with a tread pattern taken from 1960s Dunlop racing tires.
While Chopard may be more acclaimed these days for its fine Alpine Eagle collection, sleeping on the Mille Miglia is a rookie mistake. Chopard’s interest in motorsport is as deep as it is sincere: as in the past, Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele will race in his family’s 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL this year. with her daughter Caroline-Marie by her side. The Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition is a racing watch from a brand that loves racing, as well as a classic chronograph with an accessible design that commemorates an epic Italian tradition. While 1,000 pieces of the stainless steel Race edition will be produced, only 250 of the two-tone steel and ethical 18k rose gold model will be made. Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition watches are available now from authorized retailers with a price set at $7,700 for stainless steel and $11,400 for two-tone. For more details, please visit Chopard’s website.