In 1988, Chopard, supported the famous Mille Miglia race for the first time and launched the Chopard Mille Miglia Chronograph that same year. As a family company, founded in 1860, Chopard have always regarded this partnership as much more than a passive commitment, and they have personally participated every year in the 1000-mile race from Brescia to Rome and back. In 2010 Chopard underlined its strong commitment towards the Mille Miglia by signing a new long term contract.
It was Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, today Co-President of the firm and a fan of classic racing cars, who came up with the idea of developing a Mille Miglia chronograph. He was convinced that aficionados of beautiful automobiles have a natural weakness for fine timepieces and vice-versa.
In both cases sophisticated mechanical engineering, outstanding design and high performance play a particularly important role. The watch design was to be sporty, and the movement must ensure the precision required for timekeeping during a race. In 1988, the idea took shape and the cornerstone was laid for one of the most successful and iconic Chopard collections ever. Scores of enthusiasts and collectors now wait impatiently for the annual presentation of the latest Mille Miglia chronograph.
Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2011
This watch is immediately recognisable thanks to its natural rubber strap echoing the 1960s Dunlop Racing tyre-tread motif. It has a 44 mm-diameter steel or 18-carat rose gold case housing a self-winding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the COSC.
The 2011 model has a powerful design combined with sterling technical qualities. The Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2011 has a generous 44 mm case in steel or 18-carat rose gold, framing a dial with a vintage-style design featuring elongated numerals that are nonetheless in tune with the spirit of the characteristic Mille Miglia numerals. The engine-turned dial finish is reminiscent of vintage sports car dashboards, while its black colour lends a resolutely contemporary touch that beautifully highlights the silver-toned snailed and hollowed counters at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock. The minute circle appears in black and red – a nod to the colour of the race that annually attracts the finest classic cars to the route running from Brescia to Rome.
The case of the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2011 is water-resistant to 100 metres and fitted with a bezel bearing a tachometric scale, as well as a screw-lock crown adorned with the famous Mille Miglia arrow and broad chronograph pushers. The arrow symbol also appears in the centre of the transparent case-back, along with the inscriptions Limited Edition and Brescia-Rome-Brescia. The overall readability is further improved by glareproofed sapphire crystals on both sides of the watch.
The Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2011 is equally impeccable from a technical standpoint. Its mechanical self-winding movement beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour is visible through the transparent case-back. Chronometer-certified by the COSC, it features a 46-hour power reserve and drives the hour,
minute, date, small seconds functions, as well as the chronograph with its central seconds hand, and its 30-minute and 12-hour counters. It is also equipped with a stop seconds mechanism enabling time-setting to the nearest second.
The Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono 2011 is available in a steel 2,011-piece limited edition or in a 250-piece limited 18-carat rose gold version. It is fitted with a new integrated strap in natural rubber echoing the design of the famous 1960s Dunlop Racing tyres.
• Stainless steel or 18ct rose gold
• Total diameter 44 mm
• Thickness 14.36 mm
• Water resistance 100 metres
• Stainless steel or 18ct rose gold crown with Mille Miglia arrow logo
• Rectangular integrated pushers in steel or 18-carat rose gold
• Glareproofed sapphire crystal with integrated magnifying lens and black transferred 6 and 12 o’clock numerals on front
• Glareproofed sapphire crystal with Mille Miglia transfer on back
• Mechanical self-winding
• Total diameter 37.20 mm
• Number of jewels 25
• Power reserve 46 hours
• Frequency 28,800 vph
• Chronometer-certified by the COSC
Dial and hands:
• Black engine-turned dial with three silver-toned snailed and hollowed counters at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock
• Rhodium-plated hour, minute hands and hour-markers for the steel version, or gold-toned for the 18ct rose gold version, coated with Superluminova
• Rhodium-plated central chronograph seconds hand for the steel version, or gold-toned for the 18ct rose gold version, with red arrow tip
• Rhodium-plated hour and minute counter hands for the steel version, or gold-toned for the 18ct rose gold version
• Red seconds counter hand
Functions and displays
• Central hour and minute display
• Small second display at 9 o’clock
• Chronograph: minute counter at 12 o’clock, hour counter at 6 o’clock and central seconds hand
• Date window at 3 o’clock
Strap and clasp
• Natural black rubber strap (1960s Dunlop Racing tyre-tread)
• Folding clasp for the steel version or pin buckle for the 18-carat rose gold version
168459-3037 – Limited edition of 2,011 in steel
161268-5010 – Limited edition of 250 in rose gold