At first glance, the Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition Chronograph Replica Watch dial appears to have a smooth black surface. However, upon closer inspection, at the right angle, you can discern the subtle circular, textured satin-brushed finish that appears black-gray-brown depending on the light. A combination of painted white luminescent Arabic numerals and dots indicate the hours against the dark background of the dial.
Interestingly, according to Ralph Simons, the CEO of Chopard USA, the initial intention was not to create a commercially successful timepiece collection – it was instead developed with the idea of making a watch for the Mille Miglia participants. It did become of commercial success, of course, and Chopard has been the official timekeeper of the Chopard Mille Miglia Replica Watch ever since.
Chopard has a long history of associating with automobiles and racing, dating back to 1988, which is when the company became the official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia race in Italy.
The ties with the automotive world began before 1988, though, as the owners of Chopard, Karl-Friedrich, and Karl Scheufele – who own collectible vintage and classic cars – were already participating in the Mille Miglia in the 1980s.
The strong automobile and racing association continues to this day. In fact, just last year, Chopard USA Ltd. became the official timekeeper of the Classic Car Club of Manhattan, which has just relocated to a beautiful new facility along the Hudson River. Naturally, that is where I went to shoot many of the shots for this review, as it only made sense to tie sports cars, supercars, and classic automobiles in with the latest Chopard automobile watch – the Chopard Replica Watch.