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Chopard Superfast Watches

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on May 2, 2013 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (3)

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Ok so this is old news to those out there who sit on the pulse of the watch world, but these are beauties, which I could very happily live with!  Here is what Chopard has to say about them.

The Classic Racing collection, paying tribute to the automobile world, is now enriched with three outstanding watches auguring a new era for Chopard. The sporty, sophisticated and powerful Superfast Automatic, Power Control and Chrono are indeed fitted with Chopard movements from our Fleurier Ebauches workshops, becoming the first watches in this iconic collection with movements entirely designed, developed and assembled in-house.

Superfast models are intended for devotees of fine watchmaking capable of taming the inevitable feeling of power they procure. Generously sized while displaying bold lines and a resolutely virile design, these three new Superfast models carry references to the world of competitive car racing.

The dial of each model displays silver brushed vertical lines against a black background evoking the cooling fins found on air-cooled racing engines. On the inner bezel ring, the minute numerals adopt the appearance of the markers that adorn sports-car rev-counters and speedometers. The hour, minute and seconds counters provide the legibility required in tense situations.

The natural rubber strap carries the smooth tread of the slick tyres immediately identifiable with high-speed track motor racing. A multitude of other elements – such as the Classic Racing collection’s steering wheel logo on the rubber-moulded gold crown, the grooves engraved on the sides of the lugs – continuing the Superfast’s cooling-fin theme, rubber-coated pushers for better grip, as well as the Allen screws on the bezel inspired by those on car-wheel rims – all refer to the world of auto racing.

Even the movements have been specially prepared. All the bridges are openworked with thin parallel lines in the style of cooling vents on sports cars – an unusual finish which allows the inner workings of the movement to be tirelessly admired through the transparent case-back.

Discover the Superfast models with full technical details on www.chopard.com/classic-racing

Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on May 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (102)

Chopard Mille Miglia XL GT Chrono Rosso Corsa

We were on holiday in the South of France last week and one thing I enjoy on holiday is checking out the watch shops to see if anything catches my eye. The South of France has some fine watch shops so  the selection is always impressive. This holiday, it was this watch that really caught my eye and we saw it both in Ste Maxime and in St Tropez.

I like this watch because first, I am a big fan of the Chopard Mille Miglia range and already have a Mille Miglia XL GT power Control in my collection, which you can see here. Secondly, I also have a Christopher Ward C70 Rosso Corsa, which again you can see here. The Chopard Mille Miglia XT GT Chrono marries the two  into one watch, so for me there is nothing not to like except the price, which is the wrong side of 7000 Euros! Still this is the watch that really caught my eye on holiday and was my favourite of all the watches I looked at.

Here is the blurb from Chopard and the watches specifications:

The early 20th century witnessed the appearance of motor races with various countries competing against each other in cars sporting their national livery. Red was first attributed to Alfa Romeo before it was taken over by Ferrari and finally became the color of a whole country: Italy. It is to this nation that the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa pays vibrant homage.


Technical details




• Titanium

• Total diameter 44.00 mm

• Thickness 14.36 mm

• Water resistance 100 metres

• Titanium crown with Mille Miglia arrow logo

• Glareproofed sapphire crystal with magnifying lens and transferred 6 and 12 numerals on front

• Glareproofed sapphire crystal with Mille Miglia transfer on back

• Titanium bezel with tachometer



• Mechanical self-winding chronograph

• Total diameter 37.20 mm

• Number of jewels 25

• Power reserve 46 hours

• 1 barrel

• Frequency 28,800 vph

• Chronometer-certified (COSC)


Dial and hands:

• Red varnished dial with three silver-toned snailed hollowed counters at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock

• Superluminova-enhanced rhodiumed hour and minute hands

• Rhodiumed sweep-second hand with red tip

• Rhodiumed counter pointers


Functions and displays:

• Central hour and minute display

• Chronograph

• 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock

• Date window at 3 o’clock

• Tachometer


Strap and buckle:

• Perforated black barenia leather with red stitching

• Titanium pin buckle



Ref. 168459-3036 – 1,000-piece limited edition

Chopard Mille Miglia Speed Black Power Control

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on October 31, 2010 at 2:04 PM Comments comments (0)

The Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Power Control is without doubt one of my all time favourite watches but this limited edition version for sale exclusively through the Hour Glass boutiques in Singapore is  to my mind an absolute stunner.

The case is in steel with a very hard black DLC coating (glossy). It has a power reserve indicator for the mechanical automatic movement that is done like a fuel gauge, and a reverse mounted magnifier lens for the date window. The hands are ultra easy to see, and reading most every Mille Miglia watch is a treat in terms of aesthetics and legibility. The watch is matched to Chopard's standard Dunlop tire tread rubber strap, and is limited to just 150 pieces.

Overall, the Mille Miglia timepieces are an excellent embodiment of auto-racing sport and culture, or more simply put  they are all round cool watches.

Chopard MM XL GT Power Control - The Watch Collection No 12

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on October 23, 2010 at 5:06 PM Comments comments (0)
The Automobilia Watch

Chopard Mille Miglia XL GT Power Control

We had decided to have a driving holiday in Europe touring Italy and an easy way to plan the route is to follow the routeof the famous Mille Miglia road race that ran from 1927 to 1957 and which has been revived as a classic car event. Chopard sponsor the event and commemorate the fact by producing their Mille Miglia range of watches.

This is quoted from Chopard's web site, "Passion,performance, precision: these are just a few of the striking similarities between automotive engineering and mechanical watchmaking.The Mille Miglia collection links these two worlds and perfectly represents the spirit of la corsa più bella del mondo...."

Chopard Mille Miglia XL GT Power Control

Chopard has been actively supporting the Mille Miglia as a main sponsor andofficial timekeeper since 1988. This longstanding partnership has given rise to a collection of precision sports watches reflecting this unparalleled passion and performance". After spending a few months listening to me practising "Showpar" and "mee-lay meel-yah" my lovely wife could take no more and  bought me this watch on Valentines Day!

It is a lovely watch, powered by the Valgranges movement, which by the way is the noisiest, loudest movement I have ever encountered but hearing it grunt and groan makes the watch seem alive on

my wrist. Check out this link to ETA's page on the Valgrange. Now I was fully equipped to trace the route of the Mille Miglia. Unfortunately, my battle with the Big C - Life Blog - got in the way of the road trip so me and the watch wait for another chance!

Chopard Mille Miglia XL GT Power Control