Introducing two new Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race EditionsBy Felix Scholz
Automotive partnerships and brand deals are de rigueur for any watch brand worth it’s salt. Most are a pretty standard affair, a patch deal with an F1 team or a strategic partnership with an automaker. Chopard, however, has opted for something different. In a perfect pairing, the sophisticated brand is the timing partner of the chic Mille Miglia; the world’s most prestigious classic open-road race, an event that will, this year, see 404 cars from 63 manufacturers barrel down just over 1000 Roman miles of picturesque Italian roadways. For the 35th year running, Chopard will be there, keeping perfect time. To celebrate, the brand has released two new takes on their popular Mille Miglia Race Editions.
Offered in steel or steel and ethical 18-carat rose gold, the 44mm Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition is a chronograph that balances form and function very nicely indeed. The silver-toned dial with satin finish has been designed with legibility in mind, with broad blued baton hands and hour markers, generously filled with luminous material. The chronograph subdials are large and readable, and the date is amplified thanks to a crystal cut into the underside of the sapphire crystal. Crown and pushers (in steel or rose gold) are made with ease-of-use and grip in mind, while the blue ceramic bezel inlay has an exceptionally pure tachymeter scale on it. Put this all together on a warm brown perforated strap with blue rubber backing, and you have a watch which is the very definition of a classic racing chronograph. The all-steel version is limited to 1000 pieces, while the gold and steel is more exclusive at 250 pieces.
Movement: Mechanical self-winding movement, 4 Hz, 48 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Case: 44 by 13.79mm, stainless steel or stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold, water-resistant to 100M
Strap: Brown perforated calfskin with blue rubber lining on triple folding steel clasp
Availability: Limited to 1000 pieces in steel, 250 pieces in steel and gold