The race-inspired collection of watches, including the Mille Miglia collection, by Chopard is one of its most popular and one of the most unique men’s watches available today. Which is why, each year Chopard releases new watches within this collection, usually only with small differences. Not this time. The new Classic Racing Chronograph offers a completely evolved and new look, while still maintaining the design features that have made this timepiece so loved.
Offered in a limited edition of 500 pieces, this new Racing Chronograph is hot to trot.
The watch measures almost 48 mm wide by 15mm and comes with a thick 18k rose gold case. The case is actually very detailed although you can’t tell that well in the picture; look at the sides and rear of the watch and you’ll get an idea of this detailing. This time around, the bezel has screws in it and the rubber coated crown has a gold three spoke racing steering wheel placed on the side of it. “The sides of the case are all nicely milled and cut with an interesting horizontal striping, and the large screw columns intentionally protrude a bit giving it a very technical feel.” The crown guard and rubberized integrated chronograph pushers are nicely done in a unique style. The dial features large, gold hands that contrast well against the dial, which offers a vertical pattering, something new to the collection. The three overlapping chronograph subdials are subdued, but legible.
This new Racing Chronograph wouldn’t be a classic Chopard race-inspired watch if it were not for the Dunlop tire tread rubber strap, which when contrasted against the rose gold tones, makes for a cool, modern look. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters and the price is about $24,000.