Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph [Pricing]
Zagato of Milan exists in a pantheon of royalty in the world of car design. Their custom coachwork stands at the pinnacle of automotive beauty and extreme design. I mean, just look at the Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial. So, when I learned that Chopard would be teaming with Zagato to create two 500-piece limited editions of their Mille Miglia Chronograph, I was excited, to say the least.
Chopard has served as the official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia for 25 years. So, the Geneva-based jeweler created the Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph as a celebration of that silver jubilee. It’s actually though the Mille Miglia that Chopard’s co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele met Andrea Zagato, laying the groundwork for the collaboration between their two brands.
The potential in translating the Zagato design aesthetic to a watch that commemorates one of the great automotive rallies was limitless. While the two versions of limited edition Mille Miglia Zagato Chronographs (one in 18-karat rose gold and DLC-blackened stainless steel – Ref. 168550-6001 – and one in DLC-blackened stainless steel – Ref. 168550-3004) are certainly lovely examples of Chopard’s Mille Miglia collection, they are a bit underwhelming.
Both the 18-karat rose gold / DLC stainless two-tone and the DCL-blackened stainless steel versions are powered by the same self-winding 25-jewel automatic three-register chronograph movement with GMT and date functions. The two-tone has a DLC-blackened stainless steel case, crown and bottom pusher with a rose gold top pusher and bezel. The gold bezel is fitted with a bright red aluminum insert. The all DLC-blackend stainless steel version is, just that, all DLC stainless steel.
Both have a subtle and subdued design that is rather lovely but lacking a bit of Zagato’s unique style. The Zagato influence, what little there appears to be, is seen on the dials. The two-tone Mille Miglia Zagato has a black dial embossed with a whole lot of Zagato’s stylized “Z” logo. The Mille Miglia Zagato stainless steel variant’s dial is a bit more dynamic. The main portion of the dial is silver with embossed Zagato logos and has black sub-registeres. The “Z” logo can be found on the crowns, as well.
Both versions of the Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph are quite large. The cases measure 42.5mm in diameter and 14.85mm thick. Not small. And, both have a car-inspired bareina leather strap with gray or red stitching running the length of the bands. Turn the watches over to find the Mille Miglia race’s “1000 Miglia” arrow logo and the words “Special ZAGATO Edition” and “Limited 500” engraved into the casebacks.
I wish that Chopard had taken a bit more of Zagato’s styling into consideration when making the Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph. Both versions are nice looking watches, but they could have been much more. Oh well, maybe for the 50th anniversary. Only 500 pieces will be made of each style, the two-tone and the DLC stainless steel. Prices are set at $9,900 and $8,100, respectively, and both versions of the Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph are available exclusively through Chopard boutiques or at Chopard’s e-commerce site. For more info, check out the tech specs and videos below.
Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato Chronograph Technical Specifications
- Ref. Number: 168550-6001
- FUNCTIONS: chronograph, GMT
- INDICATIONS: hours and minutes, small seconds, date, dual time-zone display, chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter
- CERTIFICATION: Chronometer certificate issued by the COSC
- LIMITED EDITION: 500 pieces
- TYPE OF WINDING: self-winding mechanical movement
- POWER RESERVE: 46 hours
- FREQUENCY: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
- JEWELS: 25
- MATERIAL: 18-karat rose gold and stainless steel OR stainless steel
- CASE DIMENSIONS: Diameter of 42.40 mm, thickness of 14.85 mm
- LUMINESCENCE: luminescent indexes and hands
- FRONT GLASS: glareproofed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
- CROWN MATERIAL: stainless steel
- WATER-RESISTANCE: 50 meters
- STRAP: black calfskin barenia leather strap (matt)
- BUCKLE MATERIAL: stainless steel
- BUCKLE TYPE: folding clasp