What do Chopard and classic car racing have in common? Being the official timekeeper, for one. The second would be co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele's personal love for the automobile industry, lending an irrevocable link between the worlds of Chopard with the Mille Miglia classic car rally. Having established this partnership since 1988, a shared passion for fine mechanics and precision performance has since inspired a lauded series of timepieces known as the Mille Miglia collection.
A fusion of fine-tuned watchmaking know-how and masculine virility enveloped in sleek sophistication, the new Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition is the latest Chopard exclusivity that ties in with the annual race, fashioned after the design codes of the vintage cars that competed in the years between the 1927 and 1940. Generously sized at 46mm, one of the largest Mille Miglia complications produced, the classic contours of its stainless steel frame is highlighted by two traditional pushers and a fluted crown. Sitting within this polished exterior is a black dial with luminescent hands and indexes, ringed by a tachymetre scale that provides a read into average speed — a function essential in endurance racing. Further accompanied by sub-dials that indicate hours, minutes and seconds, this limited edition chronograph runs on a unique innovative engine created and assembled in the maison's workshops: The calibre 03.05-C, a new mechanical self-winding movement.
A true driver's watch with a 60-hour operating tenacity certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, the Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition is precision, comfort and elegance perfected for the devoted speed demons raring to zip across the open roads.
The Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition is available at Chopard boutiques, limited to 1000 pieces.