It all began in 1988 when Chopard became partner and official timekeeper of the famous Mille Miglia classic car rally. This lasting union was born from the personal passion of Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard co-president and a keen collector’s car driver. He played a trailblazing role in the watch industry by choosing to associate the world of classic racing with prestigious watchmaking. This now inseparable bond of love between fine mechanics and sporting performance proved the starting point for the much sought-after Mille Miglia watch collection. The latter is distinguished by its virile, sporty models featuring high-precision mechanics with a chic exterior embodying the spirit of the legendary Italian competition dubbed the “world’s most beautiful race” by Enzo Ferrari. Each spring, the prestigious endurance rally sees more than 400 teams compete on a splendid thousand-mile (1,600 km) route running from Brescia to Rome and back. For 30 years, at the very heart of the race, Chopard has presented a limited series inspired by these legendary speed machines. This year, gentlemen drivers and aficionados will discover the Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition which celebrates this anniversary in suitably Italian style.
A watch calibre chronometer-certified by the COSC, an engine-turned dial, a peripheral tachymeter scale, the sapphire crystal case-back bearing markings celebrating 30 years of passion, a strap with the perforated red-lined leather on top evoking vintage racing driver bucket seats, a notched crown resembling a petrol-tank cap and pushers shaped like engine pistons, these are some of the characteristics of a model edited in a limited number of 1000 pieces in steel and 100 in rose gold and steel.