Designed to commemorate Italy’s famed Mille Miglia auto race, the Chopard Mille Miglia GMT stainless steel men’s automatic chronograph watch perfectly balances a high fashion sensibility with a precisely tuned timepiece for intense sporting lifestyles. Synonymous with beauty and innovation, the Chopard watch company has become one of the leading names in luxury watches and in the jewelry industry. And in the late 1980s, Chopard became a sponsor of the Mille Miglia, a 1000-mile open-road endurance race that took place between 1927 and 1957. Since 1977, it was revived as the Mille Miglia Storica, which parades pre-1957 cars for several day through multiple Italian cities.
The Mille Miglia Tycoon (model 16/8992) offers a highly accurate automatic movement that’s been certified by the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (or COSC, the official Swiss chronometer inspection body). The round watch case measures 42mm (1.65 inches) and 13mm thick (0.51 inches), and it’s topped by a fixed bezel with 24-hour markings. In addition to two large, luminescent hands (with seconds hand), this watch includes a red-tipped hand that can track a second time zone. The black dial includes three tonal chrono subdials, luminous stick hour markers, a magnified date window at 3 o’clock, and tachymeter readings running around the outside of the dial (which can be used to measure time over distance).
It’s completed by a black leather strap with circular openings running down the middle and tonal stitching accents. Other features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water resistance to 50 meters–suitable for swimming but not for diving.
An automatic (or self-winding) watch is fitted with a device (rotor) that automatically winds the spring by using the force of gravity. It needs no battery, but it will stop if you have been physically inactive for an extended period of time–as long as you’re moving, the watch will stay powered.