Words: Nathan Chadwick | Photography: Chopard
Chopard has released a limited edition of its famed Mille Miglia chronograph to celebrate 40 years of the revival event.
It’s also 35 years since Chopard became the official timekeeper for the event, and this new limited-run watch is suitably called the Race Edition. It has 44mm case, and wears grey and blue colouring, while there’s a choice of finish, too; stainless steel, of which 1000 are to be made, or stainless steel and ethical 18-carat rose gold, of which just 250 examples will be produced.
The watch was unveiled by Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and race icon Jacky Ickx during an exclusive dinner held at the Albereta Hotel the day before the 2022’s Mille Miglia race. This year saw 404 cars from 63 different manufacturers on the starting line in Brescia. After 2021’s return to the anti-clockwise route often used in the original event, for 2022 competitors tackled the 1609 km (1005 Roman miles) route in a clockwise direction.
The Mille Miglia Race Edition has a 48-hour power reserve, and its self-winding mechanical chronograph movement oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It costs £9970 in 18-carat rose gold form, and £6680 in stainless steel form. More details at Chopard.com.