Is there anything cooler than wafting through the central Italian countryside in a pre-60’s classic-car rubbing shoulders with ex-racing drivers and celebrities alike? We certainly don’t think so, and neither do Chopard apparently. The historic Swiss watchmaker have been official partners of the road-race since 1988, and over that time produced tens of automotive inspired watches dedicated to the historic rally.
For 2020 Chopard are releasing two limited edition Mille Miglia watches in the form of the GTS Azzurro Chrono and GTS Azzurro Power Control which feature the two most common of those racey complications, the chronograph and the power reserve. Both pieces have been given an Azzuro Blue makeover emulating the Mediterranean waters that you’re unlikely to see during this mainly interior based race. Either way, they look damn good.
Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Chrono
As you would expect the Chronograph model is the larger of the two with the steel case measuring a masculine 44mm in diameter with a 13.79mm thickness. The case shape is similar to other Mille Miglia’s of the past with chunky shoulder lugs and a piston style thin ringed bezel.
There are plenty of nods to classic racing as you would expect, the Azzurro blue bezel features a tachymeter scale while the pushers are large-stippled mushroom affairs to make sure they can be used while wearing driving gloves. The date window at 3 o’clock features the logo of the historic race while ringed subdials and chunky sword hands give the dial depth.
Inside the Chrono you have the ETA 7750, a reliable chronograph movement with a power reserve of 48 hours. The engraved caseback features the proposed route of the race from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia again, alongside the production number and a large Millie Miglia motif.
Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro Power Control
Perhaps the more interesting of the two, the power control comes in a slight smaller stainless steel 43mm case with 18 carat gold accents on the inner & outer bezel and crown. The gold works nicely, breaking up the lines between Azzurro blue on the dial and bezel while the only numerals on display are the large 12 & 6 which are rendered in a retro-style typeface. Again, you have the Mille Miglia logo surrounding the date window but on the opposite side of the dial you have the fuel gauge inspired power reserve indicator featuring a flash of red letting you know when you’re running low.
Powering this 60-hour reserve producing piece you have Chopards in house 01.08-C automatic calibre. Both watches will come on blue stipple leather straps which feature a rubber tread pattern on the inside for comfort during those long hours on the road. Both will also be limited and only available at authorised Chopard dealers with the chronograph at 750 units and the Power Reserve at 500.
Price & Specs:
Model: Mille Miglia GTS Azzurro
Ref: 168571-3007 (Chrono); 168566-6002 (Power Control)
Case/Dial: 44mm x 13.79mm, steel case (Chrono); 43mm x 11.43mm, steel and gold case (Power Control)
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Chronograph (base 7750), automatic, COSC-certified (Chrono); Calibre Chopard 01.08-C, automatic, in-house, COSC-certified (Power Control)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date and chronograph (Chrono); hours, minutes, seconds, date and power reserve indication (Power Control)
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 48h (Chrono); 60h (Power Control)
Strap: Blue calf leather with blue rubber lining
Price/availability: €7,360 EUR, limited to 500 pieces (Chrono); €9,640 EUR, limited to 750 pieces (Power Control)
More details at Chopard’s website.