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Chopard Mille Miglia Watch Flavors For 2010

Chopard Mille Miglia Watch Flavors For 2010 Watch Releases

Like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore or Hublot Big Bang, the Chopard Mille Miglia is a constant force of consistency, which little changes each year to help spice up a core collection timepiece that hopes to find a delicious new flavor to tempt you. It is like you know you enjoy ice cream, but are sick of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. So in this case, with the Mille Miglia, Chopard offers up potentially tasty new flavors to re-enliven your interest. 2010 first sees two new limited edition models with the Chopard Mille Miglia XL GT Chrono 2010, which is limited to 2010 pieces (imagine that), and the new Chopard Mille Miglia Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph 2010 – a new version of a Monaco tribute watch limited to 250 pieces in rose gold, with the steel version being a new edition to the overall collection (until they discontinue it down the line). Both watches are pleasing to the eye, fun, and fashionable.

Chopard Mille Miglia Watch Flavors For 2010 Watch Releases

Yes, fashionable. Like Cartier’s lower-end (still not very low end), Chopard Mille Miglia watches are fashion timepieces. That doesn’t mean they are bad, but don’t confuse them for haute horlogerie. The watches are meant to function well yes, but moreover, be beautiful and look cool. Playing with colors, materials, etc… Chopard has made the Mille Miglia collection a real men’s accessory item. Again, that isn’t at all bad in my opinion, but you don’t want to confuse these watches with the interesting Chopard L.U.C watches with in-house movements and more high-end  character. Though to many, these watch at prices of about $8,000 and up for the gold versions are pretty high-end already.

Chopard Mille Miglia Watch Flavors For 2010 Watch Releases

Chopard Mille Miglia Watch Flavors For 2010 Watch Releases

My fav is the “for no reason rather than it is a new year” limited edition Mille Miglia GL XL Chrono 2010 with its pretty perlage polished metal dial and larger 44mm wide steel case. Inside both watches is a base Swiss ETA 7750 automatic chronograph movement with custom Chopard engraved rotors. The movements are both COSC Chronometer certified. Mille Miglia dials have always been relatively clear. The 2010 GL XL Chrono doesn’t stray from that too much. The perlage dial has applied hour markers (with lume), and easy to spot hands and subsidiary chronograph dials. Certainly a very masculine timepiece that few men can say without a doubt that they would not proudly wear. Though I could easily do without the “12” and “6” numerals applied to the sapphire crystal. Of course it has the typical Mille Miglia porthole leather strap (alternative is always the 1960s Dunlop tire tread rubber strap).

Chopard Mille Miglia Watch Flavors For 2010 Watch Releases

Chopard Mille Miglia Watch Flavors For 2010 Watch Releases

Chopard Mille Miglia Watch Flavors For 2010 Watch Releases

Then there is the more classic and retro looking new version of the Mille Miglia Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph watch – in honor of the ritzy race. Maybe it needed an update. Not sure. The case is 42.5mm wide in either 18k rose gold (limited to 250 pieces) and steel. The royal blue on the gold model looks pretty sweet (don’t you love those arrow tipped chronograph hands as well?), and the dials have an enjoyable concentric circle texturing that seems to always fit. The chronograph subdials have no such texturing to aid with legibility. Chopard never lets Millie Miglia be “only for show” chronograph watches. Fans of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique race will love the emblem on the watch rotor. Overall these are pretty watches sure to keep Chopard Mille Miglia fans happy, but aren’t likely to attract too many newbies to the collection. Look for them soon at prices which are likely just a bit higher than you would guess, but as you can see the watches are genuinely well done.

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  • Kris C.

    I too like the pearlage face of the LE 2010 piece, but I really don’t get the numerals on the crystal. I bet it would look a lot cleaner and more refined without the tach on the bezel either, but I get why it’s there.
    The Grand Prix offering is nice, but the gold/blue version looks like a bit of a disaster pallete-wise. I like the blue, but not with the gold. I’d take those highlights on the steel version. I appreciate the matching stitching accent on the strap, but neither strap option is really that great.
    I’ve always kinda liked the sportiness of the 15-8933 version, that got lost somewhat here. These come off as dressier pieces with splashes of sportiness tossed in afterward.

  • Dangeruss

    My favorite is the SS version of the Classic Racing Chrono (with the tuxedo dial). Naturally it’s the most costly one. The SS version of Monaco Historique is very nice too, and much less bulky than the Classic Racing Chrono. The peralge dial looks better in your candid shots than it does in the press photo. I need to see that one in person.

  • witch watch

    Fashion watches? Hmm think that’s pushing it a bit too far lower end, yes but defo not a fashion piece in my eyes. Anyways i’m very much a fan of the Mille Miglia line so much so i bought the Rosso Corsa Racing Colour varient a few years back and it always gets compliments due to being a good looking watch and it’s one that i enjoy wearing a heck of alot. Of the ones in the article the Historique is without doubt the pick of the bunch but i digress on the etching on the the crystal of the XL being unpleasing/too fussy to the eye, it looks much nicer when seen live and it’s something that helps the line stand out from other brands. Oh and as for getting sick of strawberry ice cream…i mean c’mon!!

  • shinytoys

    That’s a handsome watch, but I too agree that saying it’s more a fashion piece is pushing it.
    The 7750 is a workhorse, sourced to many in even much more expensive pieces, and I find the execution of the watch pleasing.

    • It is more than a fashion watch because of the legend that is the Mille Miglia collection – which has been a mainstay of their men’s watches for years, and are quite popular with people who can wear pieces with in-house movements. Just what I have personally observed.

  • LBJ

    Oh dear…I really wonder if Chopard knows the difference between a “tachometer” and a “tachymeter.” A tachometer is an instrument used to measure revolutions per minute. This is something that a tachymeter bezel cannot or certainly is not intended to do with these graduations and on a watch called the “Mille Miglia.”

    How unfortunate. Keeping the typo in mind, I’ll offer $100 for the watch. LOL

    • Ha, that is funny. Thanks for clearing that up.

      • LBJ

        I wonder if Chopard will be thankful or truculent. If I had made the mistake, I’d rather be in hell with a broken back.

        It reminds me of the Chinese fakes that misspell the days on a Rolex DayDate or choose one or more of the many mistakes that one can make of “Switzerland.”

        $8000 for the gold one? Oh my…I could get a really nice Jaeger-LeCoultre, a used Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, a new steel and platinum Rolex Yachtmaster, GMT-Master, Sub, something Glashutte Original, or a couple of examples of Maurice Lacroix’s work. Hmmmm…Who the hell would buy this?

  • Chronosteve

    Chopard did not make a mistake with the Mille Miglia tachometer/tachymtere (different spellings depending on french, italian or english). It is a race-inspired analog function used in grand touring before the invention of computerized and other sophisticated timings for auto racing speeds. Thus, in a road races in say the 1950s (such as the Mille Miglia in Italy) you can measure the time between mile markers and the tachometer will tell you your average speed. That’s why there’s a “90” at 45 seconds because 1 mile in 45 seconds is 90 MPH. If you cover 1 mile in 30 seconds its 120 MPH, etc. It’s not a move-able bezel for this reason.

    It’s further explained:

    The Mille Miglia collection is an appeal by Chopard to automotive enthusiasts in line with Hublot, Richard Mille, etc. They will not appeal to horological enthusiasts that would otherwise go for a nautical, executive or other aesthetic. For this Chopard has other lines. I’m most impressed with the Mille Miglia GMT XL Split Second as it combines the classic racing inspiration with extremely sophisticated movement.