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.