Saturday, April 2, 2016

Chopard Mille Miglia 2016XL Race Edition

Issued in a 1,000-piece stainless steel limited edition, the Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition houses the new Chopard Calibre 03.05-C, a chronograph movement with COSC-certified precision. Surrounded with a tachymetric scale, the dial revives the aesthetic of vintage dashboards and ensures maximum readability thanks to its large numerals and luminescent hands. Inspired by leather car-bonnet tie-down straps, its beautifully weathered strap in Suportlo® calfskin echoes the legendary spirit of the Italian competition that Chopard has been serving as partner and official timekeeper since 1988.
A generously sized retro-style timepiece issued in a 1,000-piece stainless steel edition, the Mille Miglia 2016XL Race Edition is inspired by the design codes of the cars that took part in the historical race between 1927 and 1940. Water-resistant to 50 metres, its sturdy 46 mm-diameter case makes it the largest of the Mille Miglia wrist chronographs created by Chopard. Its classic and refined lines are enhanced by two traditional pushers and a fluted crown. The perfectly readable black dial is enlivened by wide Arabic numerals and luminescent hands, while the bright red sweep-seconds hand stands out clearly to count off the precious seconds of the race. These legibility-enhancing attributes are essential in a timepiece dedicated to competition in any conditions.
Topped by a tachymetric scale, an indication that is useful in calculating average speed which is a decisive factor in endurance racing, the satin-brushed dial displays snailed anthracite and black counters reminiscent of car dashboards. Echoing the sweep-seconds hand, the “RossaCorsa” red arrow-shaped Mille Miglia logo appears both at 12 o’clock on the dial and around the rim of the exhibition case-back.
In a final nod to the world of classic racing, this performance-driven watch is fitted with a finely weathered strap in “Suportlo®” calfskin, whose water-proofness and superbly supple feel recall the leather tie-down straps on the bonnet of a racing car.
Chopard Calibre 03.05-C
A true partner for drivers, the Mille Miglia 2016XL Race Edition is equipped with a high-precision watch ‘engine’, chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Entirely developed, designed and assembled in the Chopard workshops, the Chopard Calibre 03.05-C is a new mechanical self-winding movement equipped with a column wheel.
Chopard Calibre 03.05-C
It powers the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and aperture-type date functions, while ensuring a comfortable 60 hours of operating autonomy.

Technical details
Model: Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition
Ref. 168580-3001 – in stainless steel – 1,000-piece limited edition

Case
Stainless steel
Total diameter: 46.00 mm
Thickness: 14.17 mm
Water-resistant to: 50 metres
Stainless steel crown: 8.50 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Stainless steel pushers
Exhibition case-back with Mille Miglia logo around the rim

Movement
Self-winding chronograph movement 03.05-C
Total diameter: 28.80 mm
Number of jewels: 45
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours
Chronometer-certified by the COSC

Dial
Circular satin-brushed black dial with black inner bezel ring
White transferred minute track markings and tachymeter scale graduations
Red Mille Miglia logo
Superluminova-painted hours numerals
Snailed, velvet-finished slate grey hours and minutes counters
Finely snailed black seconds subdial
Rhodiumed or gilded Dauphine-type Superluminova-painted hours and minutes hands
Rhodiumed triangular-shaped counter pointers
Red sweep-seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Hours, minutes and seconds counters at 9, 3 and 6 o’clock respectively
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap
Strap in brown “Suportlo®” calfskin – Vintage treatment acquiring a weathered look over time
Stainless steel folding clasp

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