Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Collection - Automatic, Power Control and Chrono

Over the years since its launch in 1988, the Mille Miglia has become a flagship collection of Chopard. In 2015, Chopard is entirely revisiting this grand classic by introducing the collection dubbed Mille Miglia GTS (for Grand Turismo Sport). This new collection, composed of a three-hand and date chronometer, a power reserve and a chronograph, sees the introduction of a Chopard movement: for the first time, the chronometer and power-reserve models will be equipped with a Chopard movement from the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches. The sleek, sophisticated design of these new creations rejuvenates the Classic Racing spirit embodied by the Mille Miglia collection, while remaining true to the identity codes of the models rolled out over the past 25 years. The Mille Miglia GTS Automatic, Power Control and Chrono models vividly illustrate this renewal.

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. A collector and active driver, he takes part in the race each year.
The new Mille Miglia GTS 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. Their steel cases – featuring a 43 mm diameter for the Automatic and Power Control versions and 44 mm for the Chrono version – are fitted with short, pointed lugs that are carefully tapered to ensure optimal comfort on the wrist, while the sporting nature of these timepieces is enhanced by facetted hands.

This is the first time that certain Mille Miglia watches are driven by a Chopard movement. Calibres 01.01-C and 01.08-C were entirely designed, developed and assembled in the Fleurier Ebauche workshops. They are highly prized by Chopard and meet all the quality demands of the Mille Miglia, respectively equipping the Automatic and Power Control versions of this new Mille Miglia GTS collection.
The exclusive nature of these watches entirely matches that of the glorious classic cars that take part in this race. Their construction ensures the robustness that is indispensable on models dedicated to competitive racing. Their automatic winding ensures essential ease of use. Its 60-hour power reserve enables their owner to find them 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, a must-have attribute for Chopard watches in general and of course for racing drivers. This much-coveted statute is reflected by the “Chronometer” inscription appearing on the dials of each model in the new Mille Miglia GTS collection, which bear the inscription “Chronometer”.
Dedicated to Italy’s most famous and closely followed classic car race, the Mille Miglia GTS Automatic, Power Control and Chrono watches are designed as wrist worn auxiliary navigation instruments. The bezel of the various models feature a graduated black aluminium insert accentuating the sporting nature of the Mille Mille GTS Power Control. The dials of the watches in the Mille Miglia GTS collection are black with red and white accents, 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 each timepiece. This collection is available in steel with a steel bracelet or rubber strap, or in rose gold with a rubber strap. The latter also recalls the racing world and draws inspiration from the Dunlop tyres of classic 1960s cars.

The Automatic and Power Control versions introduce 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 that forever preserve the spirit of the “competizione” dear to the hearts of classic racing enthusiasts.

The Mille Miglia GTS collection is a tribute to “la corsa più bella del monad” dedicated to drivers combining a competitive spirit with distinctive style.

Mille Miglia GTS Automatic

Case
Steel or 18ct rose gold
Total diameter: 43.00 mm
Thickness: 11.43 mm
Water-resistant to 100 metres
Glare proof sapphire crystal
Steel or 18ct rose gold crown
Steel or 18ct rose gold bezel with black aluminium insert
Exhibition back with screws bearing the inscriptions ‘Mille Miglia’ and ‘Brescia > Roma > Brescia’

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement Chopard 01.01-C
Total diameter: 28.80 mm
Thickness: 4.95 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Matt velvet-finish black dial with white and red transfers
Superluminova-painted rhodium or gilt numerals and appliques
Rhodium or gilt facetted hours and minutes hands
Red central seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Date window at 3 o’clock

Strap/bracelet and clasp
Rubber strap inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyres or steel bracelet
Steel or 18ct rose gold folding clasp

References
Ref. 168565-3001 – Steel on rubber strap
Ref. 161295-5001 – 18ct rose gold on rubber strap
Ref. 158565-3001 – Steel on steel  bracelet

Mille Miglia GTS Power Control

Case
Steel or 18ct rose gold
Total diameter: 43.00 mm
Thickness: 11.43 mm
Water-resistant to 100 metres
Glare proof sapphire crystal
Steel or 18ct rose gold crown
Steel or 18ct rose gold bezel with black aluminium insert
Exhibition back with screws bearing the inscriptions ‘Mille Miglia’ and ‘Brescia > Roma > Brescia’

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement Chopard 01.08-C
Total diameter: 28.60 mm
Thickness: 4.95 mm
Number of jewels: 40
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Matt velvet-finish black dial with white and red transfers
Superluminova-painted rhodium or gilt numerals and appliques
Power-reserve indicator with black and red transfers
Rhodium or gilt facetted hours and minutes hands
Red central seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Date window at 3 o’clock
Power-reserve indicator at 9 o’clock

Strap/bracelet and clasp
Rubber strap inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyres or steel bracelet
Steel or 18ct rose gold folding clasp

References
Ref. 168566-3001 – Steel on rubber strap
Ref. 161296-5001 – 18ct rose gold on rubber strap
Ref. 158566-3001 – Steel on steel  bracelet

Mille Miglia GTS Chrono

Case
Steel or 18ct rose gold
Total diameter: 44.00 mm
Thickness: 13.97 mm
Water-resistant to 100 metres
Glare proof sapphire crystal
Steel or 18ct rose gold crown
Steel or 18ct rose gold bezel with black aluminium insert
Exhibition back with screws bearing the inscriptions ‘Mille Miglia’ and ‘Brescia > Roma > Brescia’

Movement
Mechanical self-winding chronograph movement           
Total diameter: 30.40 mm
Thickness: 7.90 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve      approx. 48 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Matt velvet-finish black dial with white and red transfers
Superluminova-painted rhodium or gilt numerals and appliques
Rhodium or gilt facetted hours and minutes hands
Red counter hands
Red central seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
30-minute and 12-hour counters
Date window at 3 o’clock
Tachymeter

Strap/bracelet and clasp
Rubber strap inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyres or steel bracelet
Steel or 18ct rose gold folding clasp

References
Ref. 168571-3001 – Steel on rubber strap
Ref. 161293-5001 – 18ct rose gold on rubber strap
Ref. 158571-3001 – Steel on steel  bracelet

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