Category: Chopard Watches

Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition

The world of historic auto racing is as much about channeling the style and atmosphere of racing’s glamorous past as it is about on-track competition, and few such events demonstrate this principle as dramatically as the Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition in Italy. Originally run as a flat-out road rally on a 1,000-mile loop of public roads stretching from Brescia to Rome and back through the heart of Italy from 1927 to 1957, the modern Mille Miglia is more of a celebration of motoring and the Italian countryside with an annual four-day jaunt through major Italian landmarks in some of the world’s most desirable classic automobiles. Chopard has been part of the revived Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition story since 1988, and to commemorate the 2021 edition of the event beginning on June 16, the brand has announced two new limited edition iterations of its vintage-inspired Mille Miglia chronograph. With graphical touches inspired by vintage Italian road signage and a wealth of unique and intriguing finishing, both versions of the new Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition deliver an intricate and charismatic retro-modern feel.
Like many iterations of the Mille Miglia, the 44mm case of the Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition appears to have a bold wrist presence in initial images. Available in either stainless steel or two-tone stainless steel and ethically sourced 18K rose gold, this case’s narrow tachymeter bezel and sizeable 13.8mm thickness contribute to a wide and imposing overall stance. That said, the wide-set short lugs should help to mitigate this size on the wrist somewhat. While the overall form is sporty and simple, where the design of the Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition truly shines is in the details. The main case body is fully brushed, allowing the polished surfaces of the crown, wide-knurled piston pushers, and bezel (all in rose gold on the two-tone model) to stand out starkly. The polished black ceramic bezel insert adds a healthy dose of personality to the mix, with a lacquered tachymeter scale with light, rounded typography lifted directly from midcentury Italian highway signs. While not strictly accurate to the ‘50s era the Mille Miglia event reminisces about, touches like this bathe the more modern profile of the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition with a warm layer of nostalgic charm. The etched solid caseback continues this graphic style for the “Brescia > Roma > Brescia” text flanking the engraved checkered flag and Mille Miglia logo motif. The Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition boasts 100 meters of water resistance, which should be more than adequate for the sporting rigors of the event itself.
Both versions of the Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition share the same low-contrast reverse panda dial design, with the pointed applied hour indices, baton handset, and red-tipped chronograph hands finished in either stainless steel or rose gold depending on the model. The dial design carries on the rounded, retro typography of the bezel as well, with numerals in the rehaut, chronograph subdials, and the dial text showing off a vintage Italian flair. Perhaps the most interesting element of this dial design, however, is the main dial surface itself. With a graphite gray galvanically treated color, this muted surface sports a deep radially brushed finish. While radial brushing has become a popular alternative to sunburst finishing in recent years, the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition stands out from the crowd with its execution. Rather than centering the radial brushing in the middle of the dial beneath the main handset, the brushing instead radiates outward from the running seconds indicator at 9 o’clock. This asymmetrical look is immediately eye-catching in images, and cleverly continues the azurage pattern of the subdial itself. It’s an interesting and individualist choice, one which goes contrary to the common practice among 7750-based chronograph dials to de-emphasize the running seconds indicator as much as possible.
Chopard does not elaborate on the powerplant inside the Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition beyond stating that it is an automatic chronograph movement and that it has been COSC chronometer-certified for accuracy. That said, based on the subdial layout, likely dimensions, and beat rate, it’s more than likely that this movement is an ETA/Valjoux 7750 or one of its many derivatives. The 7750 is a true stalwart of the watch industry, powering chronograph designs from a myriad of brands since 1974. Despite its age, the 7750 platform is still more than capable of reliability and accuracy, and in this application sports a serviceable 48-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. That said, some purists may be put off by the movement’s use at this price range, where many competitors use in-house chronograph movements. Chopard completes the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition with a black calfskin rally strap with red or black contrast stitching and a textured rubber inner lining with a pattern inspired by ‘50s Dunlop racing tires.
By adding unique finishing, vintage-inspired graphical touches, and a cool white-on-gray look to the brand’s Mille Miglia chronograph series, the limited edition Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition brings together a handsome and evocative tribute to one of the world’s most stylish races. Only 1,000 examples of the stainless steel Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition will be made, while the two-tone steel and 18K ethical rose gold model will be limited to 250 units. The Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition is available now through authorized dealers at an MSRP of $7,610 in stainless steel and $11,000 in two-tone. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.

Chopard Mille Miglia GTS

On September 10th, Chopard partnered with Luftgekühlt, an annual event at Bottleworks District in Indianapolis for car and Porsche aficionados founded by race car driver and two-times Le Mans class winner Patrick Long and Southern California’s Howie Idelson. To celebrate, Chopard unveiled a new watch collaboration: the 50-piece limited edition Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Luftgekühlt Edition. The watch, an auxiliary navigation instrument, is reminiscent in color of the Porsche 550 Spyder and designed in the spirit of the 1000 Miglia, Italy’s iconic race for classic and vintage cars. Chopard became the event’s principal timekeeper in 1988, and this new addition to the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS collection builds on a tradition of sporty elegance.

The Mille Miglia GTS Luftgekühlt Edition is modeled after the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control and features a satin-brushed silver dial—the first for this collection. This timepiece is all about subtle details: the power-preserve indicator at 9 o’clock evokes petrol gauges of the 1950s; its red white accents, the aesthetics of old dashboards. The date aperture found in the Mille Miglia red-arrow race logo was inspired by the numbers on the doors and bonnets of competing cars.
Turn the watch over, and you find a clear view of Chopard’s thoughtfully decorated 01.08-C technical self-winding movement. Made in-house, the 251-part mechanism offers 60 hours of power reserve and is driven by a tungsten oscillating weight. The caseback is engraved with the Luftgekühlt logo and surrounded by a steel ring marked with the ‘Brescia > Roma > Brescia’ route of the Mille Miglia; the dial is encircled by a varnished black aluminum bezel marked in 12 increments of 5, to facilitate elapsed time recording. Each timepiece is engraved with the edition number.

The watch comes on a classic black calfskin leather strap with silver stitching and black rubber lining, inspired by the perforations in racing gloves and 1960s Dunlop racing tires. The timepiece comes in a special box featuring a grill badge designed by the Luftgekühlt team and their artists.
Inspired by Italy’s classic 1000 Miglia, Brescia to Rome and back, the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS line is popular among watch collectors and car enthusiasts. The Maison was founded in 1860 and is a Swiss family-run independent company known for high-end quality. The Mille Miglia GTS is a result of a unique collaboration: Chopard, a classic; and Luftgekühlt, very hip. This is a watch you can wear anywhere. It is cool and elegant, not an easy balance—the Mille Miglia GTS gets it right.

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Race

Chopard is a Swiss manufacturer that deals with luxury watches and jewellery pieces. This brand of exquisites was founded back in the year 1860 in Sonvilier. However, since the year 1963, Chopard has been owned by Germany based Scheufele family. This brand is most importantly revered for Chopard ladies watches and jewellery pieces that promise the utmost level of quality assurance. The headquarter of this renowned company is situated in Geneva and a site in Fleurier that produces watch movements.

The Chopard Classic Racing collection is an assemblage of watches for men. This Chopard Classic Racing collection serves as a bridge between automotive engineering and mechanical watchmaking. Chopard is also renowned for its sports watch collection along with the femme-oriented collection.
Chopard is amongst the world’s most popular Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches as well as jewellery. In a partnership with Mille Miglia which is a car rally, the Chopard brings in the best of both the worlds. It all started in the year 1989, and since then Chopard has been the official timekeeper and sponsorer of this historic race.

Inspired by the race car design, the Chopard Mille Miglia watches are regarded as prestigious, classic and elegant racing watches that embody passion and charm of vintage motorsports.
Chopard is a watch brand which holds substantial stature across the globe. The brand has a classic and revered collection of men’s sports watches. The men’s Classic Racing collection is a much talked about a deal in the sports racing watch market.

The Chopard Classic Racing collection by Chopard takes deep inspiration from the world of car racing and related components.

With the launch of its sports watch collection that is racing inspired, Chopard has opened the gates of new marts for its glory to prevail across. The entire assemblage consists of sporty looking, fast and sophisticated watches that are commendably done to meet the inspiration that they have derived from the world of car racing and sporty automobiles. Each member of this astounding collection pays an uninterrupted tribute to the world of automobiles by incorporating tremendous features and inspiration-driven designs that hold a sporty and raw look. The distinctive and superfast watch models in Chopard Classic Racing watch collection have brought an entirely differentiated trend in the racing watches’ cluster.

Chopard has always, immensely cherished the idea of production independence wherein the aim has been to completely produce every part used in watchmaking. The Chopard racing watch collection has superfast automatic, power control and Chrono which have all aided in making this idea come to life. Three of these watches, in the Chopard Classic Racing collection have brilliantly added gems of worth to their overall stature.

Over years, Chopard has been a loyal partner of legendary and classic car races marking the fact that they are not new into the entire car racing scenario. The only point now is there involving in the watches that take inspiration from car racing and the automobile world. With precision and remarkable resemblance to automobiles, the Chopard watch collection has taken the thrill to another level.

The Chopard racing chronographs are immensely sleek and imposing in their appearance pertaining to mindful designing. The models are aptly sized and possess a masculine design which compliments the overall purpose and theme of the watch collection. They generously serve to the devotees of flawless watchmaking and watches with substantial looks.
The journey of Chopard watches began in the year 1860 when Louis-Ulysse Chopard – a Swiss watchmaker – decided to establish a watch manufacturing company. Initially, he was involved in the building of mechanical movements, but in order to gain more profit, he founded his own company Chopard in Sonvilier, a town near Bern.

After the death of Louis-Ulysse in 1915, the Chopard company was acquired by his son and grandson – Paul-Louis and Paul-André respectively. For many years this business was passed on to amongst the family members until 1963 – when it was handed over to Karl Scheufele III, who was a renowned German goldsmith looking for a watch movement manufacturer exclusively for his own business.

The Chopard has been releasing its innovative timepieces since forever, one such exceptional collection by the brand is its Chopard Mille Miglia. It is a collection which is inspired by historic automobiles. Chopard is amongst that renowned brands which – since 1988 – has been the official timekeeper as well as sponsorer of the esteemed Milli Miglia race. The timepieces that the Milli Miglia collection holds simply reflects the passion and charm of vintage motorsports.

These Chopard racing watches comprise of two sub-line – one being the Chopard Mille Miglia Classic line and the other known as the Chopard Mille Miglia Gran Tourismo XL. Although both of these lines hold the automobile watches, the Classic line brings alive the vintage race cars that participated during the period from 1927 to 1940 whereas the Gran Tourismo XL has taken its influence from the latest automobiles that have been integrated with modern technologies.

Each year the brand adds a new member to its family which takes the world off its feet. What sets the Chopard Mille Miglia watches aside is its exceptional feature of continual development of designs. Year after year, Chopard draws inspiration from the exquisite race cars and bring them alive in the design and style of its Chopard racing watches. It offers an extensive range of collection comprising of elements that not only will leave your heart pounding but will also captivate your entire attention. It is one of the favourite picks by the automobile enthusiasts and also successfully becomes a spotlight amongst the watch aficionados who have a taste for technical precision. The watch has been beautifully created with attention to detail.

Chopard Mille Miglia Bamford Edition

The Mille Miglia first happened in 1927 and was the brainchild of two young Italian Counts, Francesco Mazzotti and Aymo Maggi. The race was a one thousand mile run from Brescia to Rome and back. The race happened 24 times over the three decades between 1927 and 1957, when it was banned due to two fatal crashes in its final year. However, in 1977 the race was resurrected to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. Since 1988, car fanatic and Co-President of Chopard, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, has produced a watch each year to celebrate the brand’s partnership with the Mille Miglia.
This year Bamford Watch Department has worked on the watch and has created a classic twist on the classic three-register 42mm steel chronograph. As you might expect from GB, the watch has a cool grey DLC coating in grey that has been bead blasted. Scratch-proof and in a similar hue to a number of prominent vintage sports cars, the 2021 Mille Miglia looks the driving business and is robust enough to walk the talk; albeit at high speed in a vintage Ferrari…
The dial is also in matte grey and has ‘flame orange’ accents on the chronograph hands and accents on the sub dial. This isn’t just an aesthetic touch, one which admittedly I’m very fond of, but also enables one to quickly reference the timing on your wrist. You really don’t want to spend too long figuring out the time when your racing along the Italian roads in your multi-million-dollar vintage car. The black cordura-effect rubber strap has vibrant orange stitching and is lined with orange calf skin.
Under the hood purrs a COSC-rated high precision automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve that can be seen through the sapphire caseback. The caseback features the Mille Migila signature arrow and highlights the fact that this edition is limited to 33 pieces.
And George Bamford is rightfully very proud of this latest release. “When designing this watch with Chopard, I wanted to reminisce on the racing connection but also give it a different aspect. The colour combination of dark grey and one of our signature colours, flame orange, is almost a juxtaposition to the traditional red and white colours of the Mille Miglia. The orange accents ensure the dial is popping and eye catching, clear to read the time and speed. It has a beautiful chic feeling to it and I just love its connection with the automotive world, it is a great watch for any vintage or modern car enthusiast.”

Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF In Titanium

The manufacture celebrates 25 years of watchmaking in Fleurier with a limited edition, high frequency, lightweight version of its modern sports watch, the Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF.
When Chopard introduced the Alpine Eagle in 2019, the brand was in the right place at the right time. Old edicts about when and where to wear a stainless steel sports watch went out the window. The Alpine Eagle’s design codes were inspired by Chopard’s St. Moritz from the 1980s. Yes, it sometimes hurts to think that watches from that era are considered vintage, but time marches on, and a whole new generation of enthusiasts are getting into the design of that decade.

The Alpine Eagle was an immediate success, and today, Chopard welcomes the Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF In titanium. Moving the Alpine Eagle’s story forward by embracing new materials and a souped-up movement. And the reason the brand can make moves like this is because of its independent manufacture in Fleurier. Which coincidentally is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021.
The Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF In titanium continues the tradition of being at the intersection of cutting-edge and classic design. It combines the comfort of titanium with the power of an elegant but sturdy mechanism. Plus, the 41 mm diameter timepiece houses one of the most advanced chronometer movements to emerge from Chopard’s workshops — the Chopard Calibre 01.12 C. This high-frequency escapement beats at 57,600 vibrations per hour (8 Hz) which is twice as fast as a normal automatic movement.
A high-frequency movement is necessary to achieve maximum precision in a lightweight watch. It’s also an aerodynamic caliber, measuring in at just 9.75 mm thick. Finding the balance between comfort and performance is not an easy feat to pull off. But more on that later.
The Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF shares many of the attributes of its predecessors. At first glance, you might mistake it for the Alpine Eagle Large in Lucent Steel A223. Plus, there are other 41 mm models in the collection. But when you examine the piece in the metal, you can detect the differences, with the titanium being distinguished by its darker color. It also feels less cool but more comfortable to the touch.
Fans of the Alpine Eagle design codes will be comforted by the satin-brushed bezel, case middle, and wide bracelet link. The central caps of the links are polished, as are the case bevels, while the eight screws featuring slots are set at a tangent to the bezel circle. Thanks to the robustness of the titanium, the wearer won’t have to worry as much about scuffs and scratches.
Many other luxe touches make the Alpine Eagle soar above most sports watches. The watch’s sunburst dial, which Chopard calls the “eagle iris” pattern, is a tribute to the stately raptor’s steely gaze. In the Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF, the Vals Grey color was inspired by a Swiss village of the same name in the canton of Graubünden, which is known for its houses with quartzite-tiled roofs. The shade of this limited edition is hand-patinated, making each dial unique and, again, distinctive from the rest of the Alpine Eagle collection.
The rest of the display is also appealing. The minutes track is minimalist with baton-type hour-markers and 12 o’clock in Roman numerals. The dial bears two inscriptions: “8 HZ Chronometer” appearing beneath the brand name and a unique arrow-shaped signature reserved for Chopard’s high-frequency watches.
There is something emotionally satisfying about the layout of the movement as well. Luckily, the transparent sapphire crystal case-back reveals the H8F heartbeat of the Alpine Eagle Cadence. This watch represents another intersection – between the L.U.C Haute Horlogerie collections and the sporty Superfast lines.
One of the benefits of this internal evolution is that Chopard can use the properties of monocrystalline silicon to optimize the capabilities of the 8 Hertz frequency movement. This light, self-lubricating material is used for the pallet-lever, the escape-wheel, and the impulse-pin – basically, any component subject to lots of friction. In turn, this eliminates the need for traditional lubricants to lengthen the movement’s longevity.

The lightness and tribological properties of silicon offered the watchmakers the freedom to develop an escapement dedicated to high frequencies without taxing energy. This is how the automatic Calibre 01.12-C can deliver a 60-hour power reserve.

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

To support the Only Watch Charity 2021 auction, Chopard is offering a one-of-a-kind timepiece inspired by nature: the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch chronograph.

Bearing ultimate testimony to the expertise and inventiveness of Chopard’s watchmakers, the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is distinguished by its dial in Swiss granite from the Graubünden region, speckled with blue and green inclusions recalling the colours of the Alpine massif seen from the sky.

This unique timepiece brings two novel touches to the Alpine Eagle collection: for the first time, a case made of bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223 and a calf leather strap. Three patents have been filed for the chronometer-certified Chopard 03.05-C flyback chronograph movement that powers it.
On the right-hand side, the chronograph pushers are subtly and discreetly integrated on either side of the protective crown guards so as to preserve the Alpine Eagle’s characteristic harmony of form and symmetry. The dial is adorned with a carefully selected natural Swiss stone quarried in the canton of Graubünden. Its blue and green inclusions have been chosen to evoke the beauty of the Alpine forests and lakes as seen from the sky by an eagle.

The addition of the black counters for the 30-minute, small seconds and 12-hour indications – respectively placed at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock – is carefully designed to highlight the natural hue of the granite.

To enhance the legibility of measurements, the dial transfers and the three hands linked to the chronograph function match these precious inclusions, as well as the tachymeter scale, also discreetly punctuated by blue-green transfers at the 100, 160 and 240 graduations. Divided into four steps, the scale features intervals varying from 5, 10, 20 or 40km/h per line. This arrangement facilitates the reading of average speed measurements.
The Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is the first timepiece in the collection to be fitted with a black calf leather strap.

The extra-wide 44 mm-diameter case of the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is sculpted in Lucent Steel A223, an innovative steel alloy made from 70 percent recycled material and developed by Chopard for its anti-allergenic properties and its robustness, as well as its incomparable brilliance achieved through a meticulous re-smelting process. In another first, this material has been bead-blasted, thereby creating an even nobler texture and accentuating the avant-garde spirit of Lucent Steel A223.

At the heart of the case beats a sophisticated chronograph movement manufactured by Chopard’s Artisan Watchmakers and endowed with a precision chronometer, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Chopard Calibre 03.05-C has a 60-hour power reserve and also features an elaborate design guaranteeing accurate adjustments and optimal use of the timekeeping functions. Equipped with a column wheel, it represents the culmination of several technical innovations for which Chopard has filed three patents resulting from the daring approach of its research and development teams.

Firstly, it is equipped with a unidirectional gearing system that avoids energy losses while ensuring fast winding, a function particularly appreciated for chronographs which are known to be consistently energy-hungry. In addition, its vertical clutch mode guarantees an accurate start for time measurements. This chronograph calibre is also of the flyback variety, enabling smooth and seamless short-time measurements thanks to three elastic-armed pivoting hammers that facilitate zero-resetting the counters.

Lastly, the Variner balance equipping the Chopard 03.05-C movement ensures stability by compensating for its inertia variations throughout the period when the watch is in use.

About the Chopard Alpine Eagle collection
Devised by three generations of gentlemen in the Scheufele family, the Alpine Eagle collection is a modern reinterpretation of the St. Moritz, the first horological creation by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in the late 1970s. With its pure and assertive design, Alpine Eagle enriches this heritage with powerful inspiration drawn from Nature.

Featuring a round case with stylised flanks; a material exclusive to Chopard (Lucent Steel A223); a crown engraved with a compass rose; a bezel with eight functional indexed screws; a textured dial with deep colours and luminescent indications; and a seconds hand shaped like an eagle’s feather, Alpine Eagle radiates a resolutely contemporary look of refined elegance.

Chopard’s independence and integrated skills enables the Maison to perform the entire range of the collection’s production and assembly stages in its own workshops, from movement to bracelet as well as components and case.

Chopard Happy Diamonds 209415-1001

Though it arrived a little late to the party in 1993, the Chopard Happy Sport still managed to make waves as part of the how-dare-they-make-steel-watches-this-expensive brigade. A sibling in spirit to the likes of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus, the original horological disruptors that put steel sports watches on equal footing – and price tags – as luxury gold watches, the Happy Sport was similarly epochal in its pairing of a humble metal with precious gemstones in a women’s watch.

An offshoot of the Chopard Happy Diamonds Replica Watch 209415-1001 range of jewellery and watches that Chopard introduced in 1978, the Happy Sport collection extrapolated its predecessor’s concept of freeing diamonds from fixed prongs, allowing them to slide without restraint across the surface of the dial, into all-occasion timepieces that effectively also freed the watches from the constraints of wardrobe accompaniments.

“I wanted a watch that I could wear all day long: at the gym, in the office or for a dinner in town,” said its creator Caroline Scheufele back in 1993, who is now the co-president of Chopard Happy Diamonds Replica Watch 209415-1001.
Boasting a trajectory familiar to successful iconic collections, the Happy Sport collection grew and evolved to include various styles, forms and gemstones; featuring sapphires, rubies, emeralds, various dial and case material combinations, and even whimsical iterations such as mobile fish and heart-shaped charms in the Happy Fish and Happy Heart collections.

This year, however, Chopard gets a bit misty eyed as it turns to the original model that started it all, reviving the pioneering design in all its glory with the throwback-inspired Happy Sport The First collection. Comprising two limited edition Lucent steel models, one with diamonds on bezel (788 pieces) and one without (1,993 pieces), the Happy Sport The First watches make no apologies for their unadulterated homage, lavished of course, with some modern upgrades.
Driving the timepieces is the in-house automatic Chopard 09.01-C movement, which first featured in the Happy Sport collection in 2018, on the occasion of the collection’s 25th anniversary. At just 20.4mm in diameter, the movement is a veritable powerhouse that promises up to 42 hours of power reserve – a dainty but high-performance engine perfectly suited for the collection. Aside from the contemporary calibre, though, almost everything else about the Happy Sport The First collection is imbued with the spirit of the past.
Just like it was back in the day, the new 33mm Happy Sport The First variants come in round cases with long lugs set with blue cabochons at the sides, as well as on the crown. Sporting similar designs on the dial and bracelet, the former features huge Roman numerals at the quarter hours on a textured mother-of-pearl dial (for the version with diamonds on the bezel) and silver-toned dial, and the latter comes in the vintage-y pebble-style links that are suppler and just as eye-catching.
While charming, the retro aesthetics, as with all Happy Sport designs, are in service to the seven dancing mobile stars. The free-wheeling diamonds that spin and slide across the dial are set in a gold case with a bevelled top and flat base, which protects the surface on which stone moves. The ‘set’ diamonds are then sandwiched flat between two pieces sapphire crystals, allowing them to skate and spin in any direction, expressing the same unencumbered capriciousness and fun as all the Chopard Happy Diamonds Replica Watch 209415-1001 have done for decades.

Chopard mille miglia classic chronograph raticosa

Editor’s note: As race car driver and Chopard Ambassador Romain Dumas wins the Time Attack 1 Division of the 99th Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb wearing the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Speed Black, we go hands-on with two new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa watches. We recently went hands-on with some of Chopard’s other new 2021 releases, and you can about them here and here. These have been photographed with the grateful assistance of J Farren-Price Sydney and Chopard Australia. For our other detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here.
As the road bends curving like the nude beauty of a voluptuous body, you witness the beauty of naked nature in your rear-view mirror; grass in various shades of green lace the valley, the cold air breezes past, motorbikes can be heard revving, your adrenaline pumping, the grey asphalt road with clearly marked white lines beckons.

The blue sky laced with white clouds moves over the horizon. The abundant of tress cast their shadow, and the mountain peaks in the distance stand tall and firm.
You pull up at the lone solace for rest amongst this haven of ‘motor-valley’, the Chalet Raticosa.

A must stop for motorcyclists, near the Chalet at the top of the pass is a sign post, covered in racing symbols and stickers. A welcome scent of gasoline in the air engulfs you.

With Lamborghini, Ferrari and Ducati factories in the vicinity, all this is a reminder that you are passing by the famous Italian Raticosa Pass, and the love for motorsports courses through this pass’s every bend and turn.
The 2021 Mille Miglia race is spread over the course of four days and includes three passes along the way: Passo della Cisa in the first leg and Passi di Futa e Raticosa on the third day of the race. In fact, the Raticosa and Futa passes are now the only real stretches of the Mille Miglia where one can still drive as if the time is still 1955.

At almost a 1000m above sea-level, the Passo della Raticosa is where the exciting and adrenaline pumping journey of the annual Mille Miglia car rally-cum-race takes centre stage. And the same passion for motor-sports comes alive on the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa.

The new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa comes in two variations: with a varnished beige dial and fauxtina accents in stainless steel ref. 168589-3033 aka ‘the dawn version’ and the 500-piece limited edition with a varnished black dial with fauxtina accents again in stainless steel ref. 168589-3034 aka ‘the dusk version’.
They both retail for the same 8’620 AUD or 5’900 CHF or 8’140 SGD. They are both 500-piece limited editions and COSC-certified, and come on the exact same strap. Both these versions feature the same design and specifications as well, but the real beauty shines through when looked at up close; they are different as day and night, dawn and dusk.

The best part is, from a collector’s point of view, there is a space for both of these chronos to co-exist in one collection.
Given these are on my ‘must-get-at-some-point’ list, I have of course tried a number of Chopard Mille Miglia watches over the years; but have never officially reviewed them. So when we got to go hands-on with these, suffice to say I felt like a child let loose in a toy store.

My first reaction was how familiar they looked, and yet different at the same time. Truth be told most of these watches are very similar every year, featuring minor tweaks or colour changes. But if you have a winning formula, why tinker with it? Chopard has a history of churning out some exquisite pieces from time to time, with one of my favourites being the Mille Miglia Racing Colours Yellow from 2018. Both the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa feature the same design architecture as the ones I have tried on, but on the wrist, the beige, black and fauxtina colours come alive, lending these a distinctive aesthetic.
These measure at 42mm diameter — 47mm with the crown — and 12.67mm thickness, with a rather long lug-to-lug of 50mm. On my ~16cm wrist, these sit surprisingly well. There wasn’t any overhang thanks to the curved lugs. Honestly, it’s a good design for someone with slim or large wrists. Another reason why this works on slimmer wrist sizes like mine is the case design and dial: the watch features a stepped bezel that not only visually demarcates the case but also decreases it to 39mm. Given the thickness of the bezel, the actual dial ends up being only 35mm. So when looking from the top, the small dial makes it work on my wrists while the large lug-to-lug ensures it sits with an impressive presence. The watch is not very thick (for a chronograph), measuring only 12.67mm. It’s main middle case-band is only 7mm, again aiding in making the watch look slimmer. Assisting this effect is the 4mm high stepped bezel as well.
Given the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa features an all polished case and lugs with no surface texture breakage, these design and height/diameter differences help bring a degree of nuance to the watch design.

Both the watches weigh a rather decent 95g each, which makes them wear just right: not too heavy for a chrono that they become burdensome, and not too light that you can barely feel them.

The one dimension I did find annoying was the 19mm lug interhorn spacing. It just makes it difficult to source aftermarket straps and on a 42mm diameter watch, 19mm could easily be increased.
That said, I particularly love the perforated strap that features a rubber base reminiscent of vintage Dunlop car tyres topped by a beautiful thin layer of brown calfskin patinated leather. An embossed and branded pin buckle completes it.

The strap patina also complements the faux-patina looking, lume in-filled, 1920s-car-dashboard-inspired Arabic numerals.
Both these feature the same display case-back with Mille Miglia and LE branding that showcases the ETA 2894-2 calibre and the decent decorations in the form of Geneva Stripes on the bridges and the circular-grained mainplate.

The dial layout is also the same on both, symmetrical, a bit cluttered but highly legible. The fonts on the main dial and sub-dials are different, further aiding in readability.
The peripheral sloping tachymeter scale adds to the sense of depth perception already accentuated by the external sloping bezel, and the red on the tip of the chronograph second’s hand perfectly complements the Mille Miglia arrow at 12’o clock.

The crown design seems to have changed and evolved over the years as well, and I particularly appreciate the presence of an almost oversized crown with a steering wheel embossed on it.

It’s always the little details that go a long way, and the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa is impressively chockfull of them.
This is where the similarities cease, and the day and night, dawn and dusk personalities start to take form.

The black dial version ref. 168589-3034 is my favourite of two. In this version, for starters, the date wheel colour has been matched to the dial, that provides a sense of coherency.
But most impressively, it is the execution of contrast of the sub-dials and dial that is the star for me: the chronograph counters are sunken again providing visual relief, and feature concentric circles or an azurage pattern. To top it off, there is also a mild sun-ray effect to them. Then the main dial while in the same black colour features a circular-brushed texture and a rather strong sun-ray effect.
The ‘dawn version’ or the beige coloured ref. 168589-3033 is completely opposite in personality (on a micro level). The main dial features a grained texture, that rather than contrasting synchronises with the sunken counters. The date wheel here is not matched to the dial but is in traditional white. But the pink-ish faux-patina look in-fills on the dial really come alive in this version. And only that, for someone with a naturally tanned skin, this works superbly. I really liked how the brown strap, beige dial and faux-lume worked on my skin tone.
At the end of the day, both these watches are great. They are opposite but the same. The black one is more dressy and the beige one more casual. But both are sporty and soaked in motor-sports DNA. These are also different from Chopard’s previous releases. We managed to get a couple of comparison shots with another silver and black dialled Chopard Mille Miglia and all of these offer something distinctive.
Before we head on to the movement specifications, there are a couple of elements I wouldn’t mind seeing altered.

One, it kind of bothers me that while the case features a screw-down crown, the timepiece is only 50m water-resistant. Given the sporty design, I would really appreciate if Chopard increased this to 100m in the future editions.
And two, it is that god-forsaken cries against design architecture, the 4.30 date aperture. Frankly it’s not even required on the dial, as is already a fair bit of activity on the dial. Remove that, and the dial is a symmetric wonder, and is something that I as both a watch enthusiast and an architect definitely appreciate.
Both the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa feature the outsourced automatic movement, the ETA 2894-2. This movement is available in three grades if I am not mistaken: Elaboré grade with a nickel balance, Top grade with a Glucydur balance, and the most accurate of the lot, the Chronomètre grade. Chopard has thankfully chosen to go with the latter, the COSC-certified grade.
I say thankfully because the ETA 2894-2 in general don’t have the best reputation amongst watch enthusiasts, especially when compared to the ETA Valjoux 7750. Without getting too technical, this is due to ETA 2894-2 being more of a module that cannot be easily and readily serviced by any watch repairer (as its parts aren’t readily available at local watchmakers and usually must be sent to Switzerland for replacement). This ends up making the long-term running cost of an ETA 2894-2 timepiece potentially higher than that of a chronograph watch fitted with a Valjoux 7750 or an integrated movement.
The integrated vs modular chronograph debate has been raging for a bit now, and I have no intentions of adding more fuel to that fire. So I am not going to address it directly in this review. It’s a topic for another time and place. But I will say this though; from a personal point of view, I prefer the integrated approach, that is, ETA 7750. That said, my Heuer Monaco LE 1969 features a Dubois Depraz chronograph module on top of a Sellita base. So it’s not like I would not buy the Mille Miglia because it uses a modular movement. I just prefer if it came with an integrated one instead, especially considering the fact that Chopard has the means to create exceptional in-house movements thanks to its Fleurier Ebauche workshops.
All said and done, the ETA 2894-2 is based on the ETA 2892-A2 that is a much more premium ETA offering than say the standard 2824. The ETA 2894-2 features very smooth winding, is robust, Chopard offers COSC-precision, and the movement is thin.

And for those connoisseurs and collectors for whom the possible higher service cost is not a deterrent, there is no other reason why someone shouldn’t consider a watch with the ETA 2894-2.
And when the package looks as handsome as the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa, this consideration kind of takes the back seat.

Another aspect to consider is that usually the ETA 2894-2 is used over the ETA 7750 family because the 7750 measures a bit larger at 30mm x 7.9mm; so chronograph watches with the ETA 2894-2 can be slimmer and fit under the cuff.

And for those who would like to own a sporty chronograph timepiece that can also be used as a dress watch, the black dialled Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa ref. 168589-3034 with only 12.67mm thickness is a stellar offering.
As for the specifications, in regards to the generic ETA 2894-2, it measures 28mm x 6.10mm, comprises 37 jewels — instead of only 25 in the 7750 — beats at the standard frequency of 4Hz, and offers ~42-hour power reserve.

Besides powering the Chopard Mille Miglias, ETA 2894-2 is also used by a number of other brands such as Bell & Ross, TAG Heuer (as Calibre 17), Longines and even Hublot (as HUB4300). In the past, I have also seen it used by other brands such as Bulgari and Ventura as well. So rest assured, you are in good and reliable company here.
When it comes to the original Mille Miglia races, Sir Stirling Moss and his Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR are legendary. And when it comes to having a horological equivalent of this for your wrist, the Chopard Mille Miglia sets the stage on fire.

That said, the Chopard Mille Miglia watches are not for everyone. I remember the first time I saw a Chopard Mille Miglia was at an AD while looking at an Omega Speedmaster FOIS. And as legendary as the Speedmaster is — and I personally do own the 2018 iteration CK 2998 — I couldn’t help but drifting towards the Mille Miglia. It’a a car lovers dream watch.
My wife couldn’t understand what I saw in it, and even now, after working with me on our website for a year and half, doesn’t see the many minute details on the Mille Miglia that I find so impressive. I am sadly yet to own one of these, but if I ever was in a situation where I was behind the wheels of a race car, there is no other watch I would rather wear. These are a sure-fire speed junkie heart kick-starter. If you feel the need for speed, these are the ones for you.
My love for the Chopard Mille Miglia is obvious. And if I had the funds, I would be getting one of these.

But my dilemma with the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa watches is that I don’t want just one, but both. I think they work best as a set.

I reckon these should have also been available as a set of both, that came inside a nice lux packaging, with perhaps an additional red car replica of the one used by the Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. And I am not a marketeer for the brand but they could have made the price for the package a bit cheaper than buying these two individually.
For over 30 years, Chopard has been the official timekeeper of Italy’s famed Mille Miglia classic car rally. The races are so relevant in Chopard’s existence that every year Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele competes in the gruelling, 1,000-mile contest that runs from Brescia to Rome and back.

It is then only natural that the Maison produces a new Mille Miglia watch collection every year to mark this event.
And this year’s versions can be simply summarised by the Italian saying:’Segui il tuo corso e lascia dir genti’.

It roughly translates to ‘Follow your own road, and let the people talk’.

Simply put, you can’t go wrong with the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa watches. Honestly, if you like the look and have the finances for it, get both.
This dream team of both watches, driver and navigator, dawn and dusk, interchangeable during day and night, allows you to travel in the fast lane.

And even if you decide on just one, these chronos will allow you to follow a distinct road on your horological journey.

Chopard Happy Sport Golf Edition

We did a random survey of 100 golf club listings on EBAY a couple months ago and our “Golf Club Scam Alert System” found that there was a high-probability that 24 of those listings were FAKES! (24% of the club we surveyed were fake)Chopard Happy Sport Golf Edition

Since this has become such a problem we thought it would be a good idea to help you know what you are getting when you purchase something online. So today we are going to show you 10 ways not to get scammed when you are purchasing equipment online. But first, we want to give you the background on how this whole illegal operation all got started and why it is so rampant right now.
Why? Well there are many reasons why this became such a popular profession and one worth serious jail time and heavy fines. It all started when foundries overseas started to get the majority of the golf club production business from the United States. China and Taiwan began to get almost all the work in regards to golf club manufacturing about 2 decades ago. And now…the US produces next to nothing and the reason is cost and efficiency. The engineers and foundries overseas for the most part are finely oiled machines…they do incredible work at unbeatable prices. They are very good, extremely creative and incredibly hardworking. The majority of their workers put in 12-hour days, 7-days a week, and are paid only about $150 a month. But…and this is a big but…they can make up to $10,000 for stealing an original design by an OEM…which is a huge motive when you consider the fact that it is more than they make in 5 years!

Secondly, and no less important to the cause of Chopard Happy Sport Golf Edition club counterfeiting is the fact that so many people now touch this product or design before it is completed. There are now lots of middle-men involved in the production of a golf club…believe it or not there might be over 75 people touching a design before it hits the shelves. And this leaves much more room for mischief. This is where the majority of the shadiness begins. There is much less control when lets say a company like Taylormade gives its design to a firm overseas compared to one in its own backyard.
The counterfeiting of golf clubs actually began in Taiwan although after the Taiwanese government started enforcing intellectual-property laws and the Taiwanese wages went up compared to China’s, the roles reversed and now China is the main producer of counterfeit golf clubs. They make about 85% of all the counterfeit golf clubs on the market today. Although…ironically many are funded by Taiwanese investors…interesting huh. Employees make such little money, that they’re will always be stealing and the selling of molds going on in this business. Even though many foundries perform daily body searches with metal detectors at every entrance an exit and security cameras which watch over them like hawks during their shifts…it still won’t make a difference. There is just too much to gain…the market for this has just gotten too big.
So, why do we keep using these foundries to make our clubs you ask? Well the big OEM’s will tell you…the benefits and rewards (profits…go figure) are just much larger then the risk of someone knocking off their club. If they didn’t use these foundries, drivers instead of costing $300 would run you about $1000 smackeroos!
We spoke to reps from every major name brand Chopard Happy Sport Golf Edition club company on the market and then put together a comprehensive checklist for you to use the next time you purchase something of EBAY or from any online retailer for that matter. And if you don’t think these fakes are showing up in the big retail stores…guess again. Almost all of the big chains have had to implement mandatory inspections of every club that comes through their shop because the quality of the counterfeits are getting so good. And that is why we put together the most comprehensive checklist.

Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition

Chopard has had a long relationship with the 1000 Miglia race since its revival back in 1977. The brand is the official timekeeper of the event since 1988 and has time and again released watches paying homage to the race. This year, Chopard dedicates the all new Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition timepiece to the 39th historical re-enactment of ‘the Race of the Red Arrow’ 1000 Miglia race that is set to take place from the 16th to the 19th of June. This year, Chopard dedicates the all new Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition timepiece to the 39th historical re-enactment of ‘the Race of the Red Arrow’ 1000 Miglia race.
The Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition also called the gentleman driver’s chronograph comes in two editions; a 1000 piece stainless-steel and a 250-piece stainless-steel and ethical 18K rose gold edition. Both the timepieces sit comfortable on the wrist with a 44mm case size with sturdy lugs.

 The closed caseback decorated with the Brescia>Roma>Brescia inscription and a chequered flag surrounding the 1000 Miglia logo signifies the relationship between the timepiece and the historic rally. Another aspect of the racing watch is the polished ceramic tachymeter scale present on the bezel that makes the watch a perfect tool for calculating the average speed during the 1000 Miglia rally.Sitting within the beautifully shaped case is the grey dial housing the famous 1000 Miglia ‘Red Arrow’ motif beside the semi-instantaneous date-display window at 3 o’ clock with a date magnifier, the chronograph counters in white and grey and hands and hour-markers coated in Super-LumiNova to further ensure the readability of both day and night-time indications. The combination of colours like grey, white and red represents a strong visual identity that a timepiece like this deserves. As a timepiece dedicated to racing, it comes as no surprise that the movement beating at the heart of the timepiece must measure time dependably. The Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition model is powered by a chronometer-certified movement with 48-hour power reserve, stop-seconds function, water-resistance to 100 metres as well as a glare-proofed sapphire crystal to increase legibility. Strapped to either a black calfskin leather with red stitching and inner rubber strap (stainless-steel version) or a black calfskin and black rubber strap (stainless steel and ethical 18-carat rose gold version), the Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition is a beacon of motorsport pedigree and the sign of a motorsport aficionado.
The world of historic auto racing is as much about channeling the style and atmosphere of racing’s glamorous past as it is about on-track competition, and few such events demonstrate this principle as dramatically as the Mille Miglia in Italy. Originally run as a flat-out road rally on a 1,000-mile loop of public roads stretching from Brescia to Rome and back through the heart of Italy from 1927 to 1957, the modern Mille Miglia is more of a celebration of motoring and the Italian countryside with an annual four-day jaunt through major Italian landmarks in some of the world’s most desirable classic automobiles. Chopard has been part of the revived Mille Miglia story since 1988, and to commemorate the 2021 edition of the event beginning on June 16, the brand has announced two new limited edition iterations of its vintage-inspired Mille Miglia chronograph. With graphical touches inspired by vintage Italian road signage and a wealth of unique and intriguing finishing, both versions of the new Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition deliver an intricate and charismatic retro-modern feel.
Like many iterations of the Mille Miglia, the 44mm case of the Chopard Mille Migla 2021 Race Edition appears to have a bold wrist presence in initial images. Available in either stainless steel or two-tone stainless steel and ethically sourced 18K rose gold, this case’s narrow tachymeter bezel and sizeable 13.8mm thickness contribute to a wide and imposing overall stance. That said, the wide-set short lugs should help to mitigate this size on the wrist somewhat. While the overall form is sporty and simple, where the design of the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition truly shines is in the details. The main case body is fully brushed, allowing the polished surfaces of the crown, wide-knurled piston pushers, and bezel (all in rose gold on the two-tone model) to stand out starkly. The polished black ceramic bezel insert adds a healthy dose of personality to the mix, with a lacquered tachymeter scale with light, rounded typography lifted directly from midcentury Italian highway signs. While not strictly accurate to the ‘50s era the Mille Miglia event reminisces about, touches like this bathe the more modern profile of the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition with a warm layer of nostalgic charm. The etched solid caseback continues this graphic style for the “Brescia > Roma > Brescia” text flanking the engraved checkered flag and Mille Miglia logo motif. The Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition boasts 100 meters of water resistance, which should be more than adequate for the sporting rigors of the event itself.
Both versions of the Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition share the same low-contrast reverse panda dial design, with the pointed applied hour indices, baton handset, and red-tipped chronograph hands finished in either stainless steel or rose gold depending on the model. The dial design carries on the rounded, retro typography of the bezel as well, with numerals in the rehaut, chronograph subdials, and the dial text showing off a vintage Italian flair. Perhaps the most interesting element of this dial design, however, is the main dial surface itself. With a graphite gray galvanically treated color, this muted surface sports a deep radially brushed finish. While radial brushing has become a popular alternative to sunburst finishing in recent years, the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition stands out from the crowd with its execution. Rather than centering the radial brushing in the middle of the dial beneath the main handset, the brushing instead radiates outward from the running seconds indicator at 9 o’clock. This asymmetrical look is immediately eye-catching in images, and cleverly continues the azurage pattern of the subdial itself. It’s an interesting and individualist choice, one which goes contrary to the common practice among 7750-based chronograph dials to de-emphasize the running seconds indicator as much as possible.
Chopard does not elaborate on the powerplant inside the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition beyond stating that it is an automatic chronograph movement and that it has been COSC chronometer-certified for accuracy. That said, based on the subdial layout, likely dimensions, and beat rate, it’s more than likely that this movement is an ETA/Valjoux 7750 or one of its many derivatives. The 7750 is a true stalwart of the watch industry, powering chronograph designs from a myriad of brands since 1974. Despite its age, the 7750 platform is still more than capable of reliability and accuracy, and in this application sports a serviceable 48-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. That said, some purists may be put off by the movement’s use at this price range, where many competitors use in-house chronograph movements. Chopard completes the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition with a black calfskin rally strap with red or black contrast stitching and a textured rubber inner lining with a pattern inspired by ‘50s Dunlop racing tires.
Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition – Dalla sua rinascita nel 1977, la gara della 1000 Miglia continua ogni anno a far fremere i motori delle auto leggendarie e i cuori dei concorrenti lungo il percorso ad anello di 1.600 km che attraversa San Marino, Roma, Siena e Firenze.Chopard, Partner Principale e Orologio Ufficiale dell’evento dal 1988, rinnova anche quest’anno il suo impegno e presenta per l’occasione i cronografi Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition. L’elegante segnatempo con movimento di precisione certificato “Cronometro”, disponibile in un’edizione limitata di 1.000 esemplari in acciaio inossidabile o in versione bicolore di 250 esemplari in acciaio inossidabile e oro etico rosa 18 carati, riflette la passione inalterabile di Chopard per gli sport motoristici.
L’edizione 2021 della 1000 Miglia, che si terrà dal 16 al 19 giugno, sarà la trentanovesima rievocazione storica della “corsa automobilistica più bella del mondo”. La prima edizione risalente al 1927 fu organizzata su iniziativa di un gruppo di appassionati di automobilismo di Brescia che risposero così al trasferimento del Gran Premio d’Italia nella città di Monza. Il percorso dell’edizione 2021 sarà un omaggio alla gara originale e, per la prima volta dalla rinascita della competizione nel 1977, il percorso si snoderà in senso antiorario. Saranno circa 400 le auto che si dirigeranno da Brescia verso la costa tirrenica, con una sosta a Viareggio, prima di toccare Roma, l’Appennino e Bologna.

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