Chopard has combined its creativity with that of the Bamford Watch Department to deliver a very special edition of its Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph. A must-have in watch wardrobes belonging to gentlemen drivers, the 33 numbered Mille Miglia Bamford Edition proudly displays a sporty and very contemporary look thanks to a 42-millimetre case in bead-blasted Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) stainless steel, an elegant bracelet ensuring optimal comfort, a dark grey dial and highly legible orange markings. Powered by a Chronometer-certified precision chronograph movement, this watch creation reflects the passion uniting Chopard with the world’s most beautiful motor race.
A bespoke design
Thanks to the collaboration between Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Bamford Watch Department founder George Bamford, the 33 numbered Mille Miglia Bamford Edition are characterised by attention to every detail and offer vivid proof of a commitment to craftsmanship and quality expressed through an elegant sports watch.
Resulting from a dialogue between these two gentlemen, the Mille Miglia Bamford Edition features an elegant combination of black, dark grey and flame orange. The 42 millimetre-diameter case is made of bead-blasted DLC stainless steel. In addition to its dark grey colour often found on vintage cars, this contemporary and innovative material has the advantage of being scratchproof: a key asset for a sports watch subjected to the trials of racing. On its side, a crown engraved with a steering wheel and two piston-shaped pushers also recall the collection’s inspiration. Short lugs ensure a perfect fit on the wrist, as does the cordura-effect black rubber strap punctuated by orange stitching and lined with orange calf leather.
On the dial, the contrast between the matt dark grey surface and the orange touches accenting the seconds hand and chronograph counters enhance legibility. Similarly, the tachymeter scale is offset by an orange gradation on the black inner bezel ring, while the date window between 4 and 5 o’clock is clearly visible.
The Mille Miglia Bamford Edition chronograph is equipped with a high-precision watchmaking ‘engine’, chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and visible through a sapphire case-back engraved with the iconic 1000 Miglia arrow, this mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding and an approximately 42-hour power reserve drives displays of the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date and stop-seconds functions. These features make the Mille Miglia timepieces the ideal instrument for the speed and distance calculations required during car rallies.
The Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph collection
A great fan of classic car racing, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has always been convinced that lovers of fine automobiles and precious timepieces in fact share a passion for optimal elegance and performance.
Designed to time races, the watches Chopard has created each year since 1988 as part of its partnership between with the 1000 Miglia feature a certified high-precision mechanism and sporty design paying tribute to the golden age of motor racing.
By customising the Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph, the Bamford Watch Department has given its own unique touch to one of gentlemen drivers’ most coveted creations.
Chopard Mille Miglia Bamford Edition Technical Specifications
Ref. 168589-3036 – in DLC stainless steel with an orange-lined black rubber strap with 33-piece limited edition
- Central hours, minutes and seconds
- 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock
- Seconds counter at 3 o’clock
- Hours counter at 6 o’clock
- Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock
- Tachymeter scale
- Stop-seconds device
- Mechanical with automatic winding
- Total diameter 28.60 mm
- Thickness 6.10 mm
- Number of jewels 37
- Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve 42 hours
- Annular balance – balance-spring with flat terminal curve
- Chronometer-certified by the COSC
- Bead-blasted DLC stainless steel
- Total diameter 42.00 mm
- Thickness 12.67 mm
- Water resistance 50 metres
- DLC stainless steel screw-lock crown with
- steering-wheel.motif 7.50 mm
- Bead-blasted bezel case-middle and case-back
- Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
- Case-back secured with screws and bearing the 1000 Miglia logo, a ‘Bamford Limited Edition’ inscription and black-tinted case-back crystal
Dial and hands:
- Dark grey dial – light grey Bamford logo – Matt black inner bezel ring – Orange tachymeter scale
- Orange, grey and black transfers
- Arabic numerals painted with grey Super-LumiNova®
- Baton-type hands painted with grey Super-LumiNova®
- Orange central sweep-seconds hand
Strap and buckle:
- Cordura-effect black rubber strap, orange seams and lining
- Bead-blasted DLC stainless steel pin buckle
Founded in 1860, Chopard, The Artisan of Emotions, perpetuates the heritage of traditional know-how and ancestral crafts through contemporary and ethical creations.
Cultivating limitless creativity, which enables everyone to find precious objects within Chopard collections that are in tune with their own nature, the Maison takes craftsmanship to peak levels through the work of passionate and experienced artisans. Moreover, since July 2018, the Maison has been the first watch and jewellery maker to use 100% Ethical Gold for the production of all its watches and jewellery.
Today, Chopard is run by the Scheufele family and masters more than 50 professions at its three production sites, where particular attention is paid to internal training and the transmission of know-how.
The Maison lives in step with its prestigious partnerships: a loyal official partner to the Cannes Film Festival since 1998, it has also been the official timekeeper of the legendary Italian 1000 Miglia classic car race since 1988.
About Bamford Watch Department (BWD)
Bamford Watch Department (BWD) was born of a desire to re-discover the lost art of personalisation in an age of mass production. BWD has become the global market leader in contemporary watch customisation, synonymous with uncompromising style and quality.
As the first company to offer full personalisation of the world’s most iconic watches, BWD offer a bespoke customisation service that takes inspiration from the boutique craftsmen of the past.
Bamford Watch Department has become a sensation in the luxury world, with an extensive array of exciting and exclusive limited-edition designs, high-profile collaborations, and a fully client-focused service with stockists all over the globe.
“Our design team continually create masterworks of watch artistry, from the quirky to the quintessential, the extravagant to the sophisticated, simultaneously becoming a part of horological history and expanding the range of luxury watches, while maintaining the integrity of such iconic and treasured timepieces.” George Bamford, Founder, Bamford Watch Department.