Since 1988, Chopard has been official timekeeper of “la corsa più bella del mondo” that annually stretches from Brescia to Rome and back. The Mille Miglia collection stems from the fascination for classic cars nurtured by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard.
The new Mille Miglia GTS (Grand Turismo Sport) is a complete collection composed of a three-hand chronometer with date display, a chronograph and a power-reserve model. These three models with their eminently masculine curves are inspired by the classic cars that took part in the race between 1940 and 1957.
The first watch to be unveiled in this new line is the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control, superbly epitomising the “racing” spirit, the high performances and the superlative quality of the Mille Miglia GTS models.
At Chopard, the term Power Control refers to a power-reserve indicator. For the first time in its history, a Mille Miglia model is driven by a Chopard movement. Calibre 01.08-C is entirely developed, designed and assembled within the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches. The exclusive nature of this watch entirely matches that of the glorious classic cars that take part in this race. Its construction ensures the robustness that is indispensable on a model dedicated to competitive racing. Its automatic winding ensures essential ease of use. Its 60-hour power reserve enables its owner to find it still running smoothly and accurately after a period of rest. Finally, its certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) testifies to the precision of its rating.
Dedicated to Italy’s most famous classic car race, the Mille Miglia GTS watches are designed as wristworn auxiliary navigation instruments. The bezel features a graduated black aluminium insert accentuating the sporting nature of the Mille Mille GTS Power Control. Its black dial is a tribute to the aesthetic of vintage car dashboards. The power-reserve indicator evokes a petrol gauge typical of the 1950s. The date aperture appears in the Mille Miglia red-arrow race logo, a nod to the numbers on the doors and bonnets of the competing cars. The lively, dynamic nature of the race as a whole is symbolised by the distinctive presence of red on the dial, particularly on the minutes track and the seconds hand of the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control. The rubber strap also recalls the racing world and draws inspiration from the Dunlop tyres of classic 1960s cars.
The Mille Miglia GTS Power Control introduces a font characteristic of the new Mille Miglia GTS collection. The dial features oversized 6 and 12 o’clock numerals painted in Superluminova and reminiscent of the dashboards of classic cars.