The World’s Most Beautiful Race: The Chopard Mille Miglia

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The 34th edition of a stunning 3-day, 1000-mile race through 30 cities and towns of Northern Italy added another historic chapter to its romantic legend as the last car crossed the finish line on May 22nd, 2016. From Viale Venezia in Brescia, to Italy’s most beautiful landscapes in Verona, Rimini, San Marino, Roma, Siena, Firenze, Parma, and other noteworthy spots, 450 cars raced along the picturesque route. As World Sponsor and Official Timekeeper, Chopard proudly provided technical services to record the results of the race.

The vintage cars, all built between 1927 and 1957 and of unquestionable value, represented 71 automobile brands and were driven by crews from 40 different countries. Teams were cheered by thousands of spectators lining the streets along the first kilometers of the race.

The Chopard affiliation with the race began in 1988, owing to Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s love of both classic cars and fine timepieces. Karl-Friedrich is Co-President of Chopard. Driving the Porsche 550 Spyder RS on loan from the Porsche Museum in this 2016 race, Karl-Friedrich and his life-long friend Jacky Ickx joined the challenge. Albert Carreras, son of the famous tenor and friend of Chopard, drove a Mercedes Benz 300 SL with co-pilot Jordi Pascual.

To honor the longstanding partnership with the race, Chopard created the Mille Miglia limited numbered series of timepieces. Sporty and masculine with high-precision movements, two limited editions of the Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition were completed, counting 1,000 pieces in stainless steel and 100 pieces in 18-carat rose gold, throbbing to the tune of a unique “engine”: The Chopard caliber 03.05-C chronography movement with COSC-certified precision. A tachymetric scale surrounds the dial, harking of vintage dashboards. A weathered strap in “Suportlo” calfskin leather reflect the vintage leather tie-downs on the bonnets of vintage racing cars.

 

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