Chopard Mille Miglia has a very fascinating history. At first, it was a time piece exclusively reserved for car racing. In fact, the name Mille Miglia is Italian for “Thousand Miles”. Originally, this was a historic thousand mile open road race that was held only 24 times between 1927 and 1957. The competition usually started from Brescia and went south as far as Rome. It featured very famous professional drivers such as Clement Bondietti, Tazio Nuvolari, Sterling Moss, Albert Ascari and Juan Manual Fawangio and also outstanding cars like Ferrati, Gran Turismo, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Porsche. Due to two major accidents that happened in 1975 the Mille Miglia was discontinued. In 1977 the race was revived under the name of Mille Miglia Historica and since 1988 Chopard has been the main sponsor and official timekeeper. The strong connection between the matchmaker and the competition inspired the brand to commemorate this legendary race with a unique collection of stunning wrist watches.
Just as the Mille Miglia race has earned its reputation of being “the most beautiful road race in the world” the Chopard Mille Miglia timepiece is known as one of the best racing watches of our time. Since the initial debut of the Chopard Mille Miglia, the brand has released a new model every year. The basis is the same for all of these variations, but a few modern details were added as to maintain the fans’ interest for this extremely popular watch. The timepiece has been designed and constructed for satisfying the demands and trials of the most demanding racing events. Experts agree, it is a reliable, robust, legible and utilitarian timekeeping instrument that impresses in every way.
Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono is a fascinating watch that is equipped with a sporty and classic inspired chronograph, a GMT, GT Power Control feature, split second and date function. It has been Chronometer Certified by the COSC as the movement sports the GT XL Power Control, a highly reworked ETA ebauche, 24 jewels and functions at a frequency of 4Hz(28,800 vph). The power reserve of this self winding model is of approximately 46 hours and to allow its owner to admire the beauty of the inside movement, the watch has a sapphire crystal exhibition case back.
I am one of those people who are simply in love with the Chopard Mille Miglia watch and I have always wanted to own one. Recently I have ordered a replica online and it has been delivered a while ago. Today I am going to review this knockoff and share with you my thoughts on the way it looks and works.
The dial of the Chopard GT XL Chrono is meticulously designed and constructed with an outstanding attention to quality. But the most impressive thing is the legibility. The dial is all about size. With a 44 mm diameter Oyster case, the bezel occupies only a small percentage of the case. The dial is the main focus and everything is oversized as to offer maximum readability. The stunning contrast between the red accents and the black dial creates a sporty racing appearance while the classic style applied numerals and markers offer a traditional vibe. The functionality is completed by the 3 chronographs located at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock, and by the 3 o’clock date display that has a convex 2.5X magnifying lens integrated into the sapphire glass. As an overall impression, the dial of my imitation Mille Miglia is quite similar to the original Chopard GT XL Chrono. The small 3 dials are raised, the chromatics is the same, the hours makers and hands are identically designed and the words printed on the dial are identical and correctly located. The only thing I have noticed as being off is the font for the minutes markers, small dials, date window and numbers printed on the crystal. This is not the same as the one on the authentic watch. At first glance you can’t really see the difference, but for a trained eye it is quite obvious and annoying.
The 44 m stainless steel case is robust and fully waterproofed up to 100 meters. It rugged and daring look is augmented by the slim tachymeter bezel, the short two pushers and the highly polished winding crown. The very interesting design detail of the crown is the fact that it has been stamped with the official “1000 Miglia” logo. But the truly artistic part of the case is the back which unveils a stunning see-through crystal that offers a nice view of the complicated self-winding movement. The case of my Chopard Mille Miglia replica looks very nice and seems to have all the correct design details. The size, material and feel are pretty good and the transparent back offers the same splendid view of the internals.
The self winding movement of the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono is technically irreproachable. This COSC chronometer certified timepiece has a mechanism that beats at a frequency of 4Hz(28,800 vph), 24 jewels and a 46 hours power reserve. The sophisticated movement also offers maximum functionality by including the hour, minute, date, small seconds functions, a chronograph with its central seconds hand, a 30 minute and 12 hours small dials. Also, time-setting has been enabled to the nearest second thanks to the stop seconds mechanism. Naturally, my replica doesn’t have the same over the top automatic movement, but it is still pretty good though. The self winding mechanism offers a very good accuracy and functionality. All three small dials, date window and buttons work and, honestly, that’s everything I need from a knockoff.
The Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL line was first released in 2006 and the detail that fascinates fans the most is the fact that this was the first model ever to be produced with a rubber strap that features the iconic Dunlop tyre pattern. Another very interesting thing is that the Dunlop pattern has a very strong vanilla scent. Getting to more practical things, this oversized watch maximizes comfort thanks to the very study buckle that comes with a double folding clasp. On my Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono replica the rubber strap has the same Dunlop tyre pattern, it looks pretty resistant and durable, but, as expected, it doesn’t have the vanilla scent. Also, the double folding clasp is very authentic looking and it feels pretty robust.
I got to say that I love this Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono replica. It is everything I need a watch to be. The timepiece keeps very good time, the second hand sweeps smoothly, the small dials can be used to count elapsed hours, minutes and seconds, the date window is easy to read and it also has a power reserve. Furthermore, the buttons work very nice and the winding crown screws in securely as to protect the inside mechanism from any moisture or water damage. I have had my share of bad replica watches, but I must say that this is one of the best ones so far.
This Chopard Mille Miglia fake watch with black dial stainless steel case and Dunlop tyre strap has been designed with a great attention to detail. It is a reliable and beautiful timepiece that can be used without worries at any event. Its mix of high quality materials and perfectly cloned design makes it nearly impossible to spot that it is a replica. Its great aesthetics recommend it as a nice Chopard clone with a vintage inspired design and a maximum affinity for sporty functionality.