Baselworld: introducing the new Mille Miglia GTS Collection
This year, at BASELWORLD, we are thrilled to present a complete new Mille Miglia line, the Mille Miglia GTS.
Over the years since its launch in 1988, the Mille Miglia has become an iconic collection of Chopard. In 2015, we are entirely revisiting this grand classic by introducing the collection dubbed Mille Miglia GTS (for Grand Turismo Sport). This new collection, composed of three models (Automatic, Power Control and Chrono) sees the introduction of a Chopard movement: for the first time, the Automatic and Power Control models will be equipped with a Chopard movement from our workshops of Fleurier Ebauches.
The sleek, sophisticated design of these new creations rejuvenates the Classic Racing spirit embodied by the Mille Miglia collection, while remaining true to the identity codes of the models rolled out over the past 25 years. Since 1988, Chopard has been official timekeeper of “la corsa più bella del mondo” that annually stretches from Brescia to Rome and back. The Mille Miglia collection stems from the fascination for classic cars nurtured by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard. A collector and active driver, he takes part in the race each year.
The three GTS models with their eminently masculine curves are inspired by the classic cars that took part in the race between 1940 and 1957. Their steel cases – featuring a 43 mm diameter for the Automatic and Power Control versions and 44 mm for the Chrono version – are fitted with short, pointed lugs that are carefully tapered to ensure optimal comfort on the wrist, while the sporting nature of these timepieces is enhanced by facetted hands.
High-precision Chopard movements from the Fleurier Ebauches workshops
This is the first time, Mille Miglia watches are driven by a Chopard movement. Calibres 01.01-C and 01.08-C were entirely designed, developed and assembled in the Fleurier Ebauche workshops.The exclusive nature of these watches entirely matches that of the glorious classic cars that take part in this race. Their construction ensures the robustness that is indispensable on models dedicated to competitive racing. Their automatic winding ensures essential ease of use. Its 60-hour power reserve enables their owner to find them still running smoothly and accurately after a period of rest. Finally, its certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) testifies to the precision of its rating, a must-have attribute for Chopard watches in general and of course for racing drivers. This much-coveted statute is reflected by the “Chronometer” inscription appearing on the dials of each model in the new Mille Miglia GTS collection, which bear the inscription “Chronometer”.