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HighLifeChannel February 19, 2024

To remind us that motor racing also focuses on style, the manufacture has rolled out an exclusive edition of its classical sports chronograph.

One hundred pieces. Not one more, not one less. This is the number of Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph “French Edition” watches that Chopard will create in 2024. Since 1998, the manufacture’s history has been linked to a classic sports car race, the 1000 Miglia, which weaves its way across Italian roads from Rome to Brescia. A watch imagined as a limited series celebrates this event every year. For this new opus, unveiled for the first time during the inauguration of the Rétromobile show in Paris, the timepiece has been designed around a 40.5 mm-diameter case crafted in Lucent SteelTM. This surgical-grade steel, made from 80% recycled materials, is still an incredible performer. It’s 50% harder than its conventional counterpart.

Time data takes advantage of the 2023 vintage’s ultra-visible scenescape but, here, the dial encircled by a midnight-blue tachymetric scale takes on a dazzling silvered hue. The chronograph and small seconds counters pursue with their tri-compax-positioned layout. The caseback’s sapphire crystal is adorned with two flags, a checkered one and a tri-colored one. The selfwinding caliber components can be admired below these pennants. This high-performing movement, boasting a power reserve of 54 hours, stands out with its accuracy. Its chronometry meets stringent COSC criteria. The Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph “French Edition” is worn on a dark blue calfskin strap. This wraparound’s perforations along with the piston-style pushers covered with an anti-slip pattern and the three-spoke steering wheel engraved on the crown conjure up yesteryear’s racers that breathe spirit and life into this timeless rally.


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