Ahead of Baselworld 2018, Chopard has announced the launch of a new collection of five Mille Miglia Racing Colours chronographs to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its partnership with the historic Italian road race. Take a look and be inspired by today’s article: Chopard Unveils New Mille Miglia Racing Colours!
Produced in a limited edition of 300 each, the five colors represent the colors attributed to various nations that competed in the world of motor racing in the first half of the 20th century.
Rosso Corsa, Speed Silver, British Racing Green, Vintage Blue and Speed Yellow were the colors allocated to the various nations competing in the world of motor racing.
A re-edition of a historical Chopard collection featuring unique dials and intended for gentlemen drivers and collectors. They pay tribute to the heyday of motorsports and to an exclusive race, the Mille Miglia, widely referred to as “la corsa la più bella del mondo”.
Grand Prix races adopted racing colors in the 1920s and if you recall, the Bleu de France Bugattis, the Rosso Corsa Alfa Romeos, the British racing green Bentleys, and the Mercedes Silver Arrows were dominant cars in the world of motor racing in the period leading up to the Second World War. Yellow was the color designated to Belgium.
All five watches use a 42 mm wide stainless steel case that’s 12.67 mm thick and water-resistant to 50 meters. It has a screwed-in crown, a polished steel bezel fitted with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and steep pushers for the chronograph function. The watch is fitted with a screwed-in exhibition case back.
The dials are all lacquered except for the Speed Silver, which is satin brushed. All dials use broad Arabic numerals coated with SuperLuminova for better visibility in the dark. Time is indicated by rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands and the central chronograph seconds hand is red-tipped to match the red Chopard Mille Miglia arrow logo placed just above the center of the dial.
The chronograph uses a three register layout with the minutes counter at 9 o’ clock and the hours at 6. A running silvered seconds counter sits at 3 o’ clock and the date window is placed at 4.30. The minute’s track around the dial is printed in black or white depending on the color of the dial and a tachymeter scale in black is placed on the silver ring that skirts the periphery of the dial.
The watch is powered by a self-winding COSC-certified chronometer that’s based on the ETA 2894-2A built up with a chronograph module. It is a 4 Hz movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. As mentioned before, each dial color is limited to 300 pieces and is priced at $6,080 each.
The arrow-shaped Chopard Mille Miglia logo appears at 12 o’clock in the heart of the dial. A successful blend of precision, comfort, and elegance, these watches are authentic auxiliary instruments for drivers hurtling along Italian roads, enabling them to race in true style. The chronograph functions serving to measure short times are complemented by the tachymeter scale, which is ideal for measuring average speeds, along with a date display.