From their first Alfa Romeo 1750 back in 1928 to their modern masterpieces like the new Aston Martin Vantage V12, Zagato are one of the most renowned automotive design studios in the world. Just look at the recent Kyoto Concours d’Elegance if you need proof of their legacy; their centenary was the toast of the event. Given the rally’s classic focus, it’s no wonder Zagato also has a long-running association with the Mille Miglia – that first Alfa was also their first winner – but you know who else is inextricably linked to the world-famous race? Chopard.
It’s no surprise then that Chopard are taking the opportunity of the 100th anniversary of Zagato to revamp their annual Mille Miglia tie-in with the new Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Zagato 100th Anniversary. It’s a mouthful, but thankfully it’s also one hell of a watch.
Rather than the classical Arabic numerals and general vintage vibe of the ‘standard’ Mille Miglia editions, the Zagato is a more stripped-back affair. Standard dash indices replace numbers and the entire dial is a uniform shade of sumptuous rosso corsa red. That’s not to say it’s simple of course; not only does the Zagato Z take the place of the 12, but it’s subtly repeated across the dial, adding a different texture to the otherwise single-colour dial.
The 42mm silhouette of the steel chronograph is less 1920s vintage, instead channelling the kinds of mid-century Alfa Romeos and Lancias that Zagato built their reputation on. It’s a clean, rounded look that still functions as a flawless racing chrono. It’s perhaps a little less elegant on the black bund strap, but at least that makes it more comfortable on a long drive. A rally, perhaps.
As this isn’t an LUC piece – Chopard’s haute horology manufacture – the movement inside is the COSC-certified but not cutting-edge ETA 2894-2, with a power reserve of 42 hours. But then, the Mille Miglia pieces aren’t about the movements, just the classical beauty of the world’s most glamorous race. Throw in some Zagato flair on top and you have an absolutely stunning watch.
The final touch is an exhibition case back complete with the ‘Zagato 100 Cento’ tribute, along with the engraved 1000 Miglia logo. Limited to just 100 pieces though, you’re almost more likely to get your hands on a genuine Zagato masterpiece.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Zagato 100th Anniversary
Case: 42mm width, stainless steel
Movement: Calibre ETA 2894-2, COSC Chronometer Certified, self-winding mechanical
Power Reserve: 42h
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counter
Water Resistance: 50m
Strap: Black calfskin barenia leather strap
Starting Price: £5,560, limited to 100 pieces (available exclusively at Chopard boutiques)
More details at www.chopard.com