Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

The historic, quirky, obscure, and arguably quite charming Mille Miglia race celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and with it come some pleasant releases from longstanding official timekeeper of the race Chopard. In honor of the occasion, as well as the participation of Chopard's Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele himself in the 2017 Mille Miglia race, Chopard is announcing a couple new chronograph models in their Mille Miglia collection: the Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Racing Edition, as well as the Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition that features an L.U.C movement.

Both watches are said to take design cues from vintage cars that were raced during the '20s and up to the '50s since the race is limited to cars from 1927-1957. So each dial supposedly pulls inspiration from cars from that time period. With that said, let's talk about the watches.

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

The Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition will come in two distinct versions. Both measure in at 44mm with a 100m-water-resistant stainless steel case, and one features a two-tone style with rose-gold bezel, crown, and pushers. While not typically a fan of rose gold, I find I like the look here that remains sporty but with an elegant flare.

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Inside the Race Edition and behind a solid caseback (stamped prominently with the Mille Miglia logo) is a COSC-Certified chronograph movement beating at 28,800vph with a 48-hour power reserve. We can assume it is a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 as Chopard has used in other watches such as, say, the Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph we reviewed here. The Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition features a tachymeter scale on the bezel and sapphire crystal over the dial, and puts the chronograph registers at 6, 9, and 12 o'clock, with the Mille Miglia logo wrapping the date window at 3. A lot of racing-inspired watches tend to sacrifice legibility for a cool textured dial, and while this does have an engine-inspired perlage texture, it appears surprisingly clean and easy to read.

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Next, and by far the most intriguing of these new releases, is the Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition watch. This piece marks the first-ever Chopard Mille Miglia collection watch to boast a prestigious L.U.C movement. Designed, developed, and produced entirely in-house, the Chopard L.U.C movements are usually reserved for the haute horology timepieces in the Chopard L.U.C catalog. We have always been impressed with the L.U.C watches and movements when seeing them in person, and in another first for the Mille Miglia collection, the L.U.C 03.07-L movement featured in this watch has been awarded the Geneva Seal - which dictates both performance and aesthetic standards (read all about the details of the Geneva Seal here). All this comes with expected exclusivity as Chopard has limited this watch to only 90 pieces in tribute to the 90th anniversary of the races.

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

The hand-wound flyback chronograph L.U.C 03.07-L's painstakingly decorated and (dare I say) gorgeous nickel-silver self can be seen through the exhibition caseback of the 46mm-wide and 13.12mm-thick case. This case size falls right in line with the Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition we reviewed here back in August. One thing in particular that you may notice is the absence of a date indicator, which is something that makes a lot of collectors happy these days but that can never make everyone happy... The 18-carat rose gold case features a sapphire crystal, 50m of water resistance, and a calfskin, vintage-treated leather strap.

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

I’ll admit that Chopard's partnership with the niche Mille Miglia race is what brought this quirky but fun racing tradition to my attention, with its congregation of over 400 individual teams to race vintage cars over a thousand miles through the streets and countryside of Italy. As I wondered if the race was too small and niche to find enough customers for Mille Miglia-branded watches, I realized that one doesn’t need to be a dedicated fan of the race to be romanced by it and be attracted to the watches. Even as I was writing this article, I mulled over the different teams and their cars and daydreamed about someday entering. While I may never have the chance to participate in the race or to own one of these pretty watches, it sure is fun to think about.

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition & Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Watches Watch Releases

The full stainless model of the Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition (ref. 168571-3002) is limited to 1,000 pieces and will come on the traditional tire tread rubber strap that the Mille Miglia collection is known for with a price of $6,840. The two-tone rose gold model (ref. 168571-6001) is limited to 100 pieces and will come on a racing leather strap for a price of $10,100. Finally, the Chopard Mille Miglia Classic XL 90th Anniversary Limited Edition (ref. 161299-5001) is limited, again, to 90 pieces and will have a price of $43,880. chopard.com

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  • Raymond Wilkie

    With my horology hat on i can’t help but love it but my usual complaint applies here. Too pointy and cluttered. Can anyone give me one practical use of a tachymeter is on your watch ?.

    • Travis Cannata

      You can use a Tachymeter to measure distance over speed, or speed over distance in say a vintage car without a (working) speedometer or distance gauge.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        With all due respect i know how to use one but see no use for it whatsoever ( unless i find myself in a sports car with a broken speedometer )……am not even going to mention chronographs……….

        • Yan Fin

          Yeah, we already discussed the practical use of chronographs

        • Gokart Mozart

          Most of the watches we love have complications you are never going to need, but often we love them just because they exist and yes I know the tachymeter is not a complication but you know what I mean.

          Take Moonphases for example loads of people here like them, but what for many people is the point except to avoid werewolves at certain times of the month, unless your faith goes by the lunar year.

          Who needs alarms now that we have mobiles, but the alarm is one of my favourite complications.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Moon phase ( when nicely executed ) is my favorite complication so yes, i know what you mean

          • Dave Pryor

            Does no one here hunt?

            Very useful for us hunters.

          • Andrew Buckley

            A moonphase complication is quite useful (even essential) if you live with a menopausal wife and a teenage daughter…

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Do you have a small space in the attic for ” me ” time 🙂

          • WINKS

            What you really need then is a week-long business trip every month.

        • Mr. Snrub

          Ray, aren’t you a chef? Seems like a chrono would be infinitely practical. Or maybe your experience means you don’t require a timer to grill a filet the perfect medium-rare like the rest of us 🙂

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I use to be a chef and found that anytime i needed to do something that required timing, i found my second hand worked just fine. When cooking a steak there are a few variables ( weight , temp etc ) . I never timed a steak. A small press told me everything,

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Sometimes, I put some sparerips on my grill, but a few weeks ago, I had some rips, I could take away the flesh with my fork, so tender. How do they do that?

    • Ever wonder if the speedometer in your car is actually accurate, or do you just take it on faith? Tachymeter to the rescue.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I could use the satnav to tell me time over distance or a speed app on my phone.

        • On the same token, you can also tell time both on board the vehicle and on your smartphone. That means you have no practical use for a wrist mounted device that tells time, no?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            No no no , you’r never fully dressed without a watch.

        • Dave Pryor

          You should also stick to quartz watches.:-)

        • Ah, yes…pull out your pocket watch and click away. My point tis there is an actual real-world use for a tach. Are there other devices which will do the same thing? Of course, but you can say that about watches in general too.

  • BrJean

    I used to think of perlage as a movement-only decoration and it’s unusual to see it on the dial side. But overall these are some pretty chronographs.

  • Yan Fin

    Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 with 38 jewels?

  • SuperStrapper

    The red 1000miglia logo is a hallmarkof this watch line, But It completely ruins that anniversary watch. Shame, considering how nice the movement is.

  • R Khalifa

    Can’t stand the literal-ness and the ugliness (to me) of the rubber strap, but really like how they integrated the date aperture into the Mille Miglia logo which to me in previous versions felt kind of tacked-on from a design standpoint.

  • Saul Sloota

    Look at their website…more like Mille Variations. They put Omega to shame.

  • IG

    There’s a good parallel between the fate of wrist watches and the Mille Miglia race. It was a proper race with state of the art cars until 1957 then decades later it became a gimmick with museum pieces.

  • I’m not usually a fan of automotive-themed watches, to say the least, but those are pretty nice looking. They kept the car references relatively subtle, except for that ridiculous tire tread strap, and came up with legible, original-looking watches.
    The L.U.C 03.07-L is gorgeous. I love the tricompax layout, and that it’s a flyback is perfect for a “racing” watch.

  • BNABOD

    I will take the silver one with the LUC movement please. but 7Gs w a 7750 NO.

  • Bill Grist

    So for the Invicta version they want 7k-10K and for a bloated size with an interesting movement they want 43k. Wow, I would love to meet the 1190 people that pay to take a rear fisting from Chopard.

  • There’s more variation on Panerai than there is on this line.

  • Phil leavell

    I really need to watch that does all this stuff. I’ll go get Citizens for 400 bucks thanks maybe they could sell it 4 more with Gucci on it

  • spiceballs

    Not a huge fan of chronographs but rather nicely done, especially the s/s version – but the strap and the price – – – ?

  • Ulysses31

    The caseback and movement are stunning. Two-tone watches don’t work for me, despite my love of the overall modern aesthetic.