Ahead of Baselworld 2018, Chopard has announced the launch a new collection of five Mille Miglia Racing Colours chronographs to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its partnership with the historic Italian road race. Produced in a limited edition of 300 each, the five colours represent the colors attributed to various nations that competed in the world of motor racing in the first half of the 20th century.
Grand Prix races adopted racing colors in the 1920s and if you recall, the Bleu de France Bugattis, the Rosso Corsa Alfa Romeos, the British racing green Bentleys, and the Mercedes Silver Arrows were dominant cars in the world of motor racing in the period leading up to the Second World War. Yellow was the colour designated to Belgium.
The five new colors of the Mille Miglia collection are called Rosso Corsa, Speed Silver, British Racing Green, Vintage Blue and Speed Yellow. Mille Miglia, for the uninitiated, is a prestigious annual endurance race that sees more than 400 historical cars covering a one thousand-mile route from Brescia to Rome and back.
All five watches use a 42 mm wide stainless steel case that’s 12.67 mm thick and water-resistant to 50 meters. It has a screwed-in crown, a polished steel bezel fitted with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and steep pushers for the chronograph function. The watch is fitted with a screwed-in exhibition caseback.
The dials are all lacquered except for the Speed Silver, which is satin brushed. All dials uses broad Arabic numerals coated with SuperLuminova for better visibility in the dark. Time is indicated by rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands and the central chronograph seconds hand is red-tipped to match the red Mille Miglia arrow logo placed just above the center of the dial.
The chronograph uses a three register layout with the minutes counter at 9 o’ clock and the hours at 6. A running silvered seconds counter sits at 3 o’ clock and the date window is placed at 4.30. The minutes track around the dial is printed in black or white depending on the color of the dial and a tachymeter scale in black is placed on the silver ring that skirts the periphery of the dial.
The watch is powered by a self-winding COSC-certified chronometer that’s based on the ETA 2894-2A built up with a chronograph module. It is a 4 Hz movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. As mentioned before, each dial colour is limited to 300 pieces and is priced at $6,080 each.