This luxury men watch is inspired by the spirit of classic cars and Chopard’s long-term partnership with the historic Italian Rally.
Chopard has been the official partner of the famous Italian Mille Miglia endurance race for more than 30 years. Chopard celebrated its long-term partnership with two limited edition Mille Miglia models. Earlier this year, we reviewed the Mille Miglia Race Edition chronograph to commemorate the historic rally from Brescia to Rome and beyond. It is time to take a closer look at the limited edition Mille Miglia GTS power control model, which is a two-tone combination made of stainless steel and rose gold. The internal chronometer-certified self-winding movement is equipped with a date and power reserve gauge, which is simpler and can provide the driver with 60 hours of autonomous driving time.
GTS power control
Many of you will think that this watch is a continuation of the first GTS Power Control model launched at Baselworld 2015 and the latest GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale launched in 2018. The distinguishing feature of the first model is its black dial with rosso corsa or Racing red accents, large numbers on dials 12 and 6, and elements inspired by the instrument panel on the dial, and most importantly, the use of the Chopard Fleurier Ebauches workshop The movement is certified by the Observatory.
Although the specifications are the same as the previous Mille Miglia GTS Power Control model, the 2019 watch-available in two shades of steel and rose gold (reviewed here) and steel-ditched the earlier modern black or all gray Style version. If you have ever seen any photos of participating cars, these photos must be the models that participated in the 1000 Miglia race car between 1927 and 1957, then you will agree that the darker model is more in line with the world of F1 than this classic endurance race. Therefore, the dark dial and rubber tread strap have been replaced with a light dial and perforated leather strap, which is more in line with the tone and style of historical racing cars.
Like Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the co-chairman of Chopard and his long-time 1957 Porsche racer Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, this is a gathering of gentlemen to represent the race The watch should embody this spirit. This dual tone steel and 18k rose gold work is perfect. With a diameter of 43mm, a thickness of 11.43mm, and a water resistance of 100m, it is undoubtedly a sports watch, but it has a light touch.
The rose gold bezel is made of ethical gold, just as you would expect from a sustainable brand, the bezel is made of matte dark gray aluminum inlays, and the scale is 60 minutes/second. The good touch is the way the slightly gravel surface of black aluminum is reminiscent of asphalt texture. When viewed from the side, the case shows its sturdiness, but the short curved lugs allow it to fit comfortably on most wrist sizes. The steel surface has a mix of brushed and polished treatments, and the steering wheel is engraved on the gold crown.
Electroplating has been used to create a ruthenium gray dial. If viewed under a magnifying glass, the round brushed finish will evoke the surface of the disc brake. Naturally, the iconic oversized Arabic numerals at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock are very practical and are meant to evoke the large numbers you will find on the dashboard of a classic car. The numbers, applied and faceted time scales and hands are filled with Super-LumiNova, ensuring excellent readability in the dark. The gold-plated edges that match the rose gold bezel outline all the hour markers and even the hands. The second hand with a red tip also followed closely and was gilded.
Another public reference to classic cars is the fuel gauge and power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock, with the “empty” area highlighted in red. Opposite the power reserve device is the date window, which is framed by a 1000 miniature Miglia direction arrow, with a red background and white inscription, marking the route and an event logo.
The bottom cover is tightened with 8 screws and engraved with the limited edition number xxx / 500 and the inscription Brescia-Roma-Brescia. The sapphire crystal reveals an automatic movement certified by the COSC Observatory. Vibrating 28,800 times per hour, the movement will keep the hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve and date functions strong for 60 hours. The industrial polishing effect of the movement is pleasant, the pattern on the bridge is simple, the polished bevel and the decorative rotor. There is almost no place close to the end on L.U.C., but it is certain that it is simpler than the engine of the classic car participating in the rally.
This Chopard Mille Miglia GTS power control system is made of steel and rose gold with a perforated calfskin strap, reminiscent of the holes you find in driving gloves and black rubber inspired by the tread of Dunlop racing tires from the 1960s lining.