Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Black chronometer watch (detail) Swiss Watches

Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Black chronometer watch (detail)

At the last month’s SIHH’08 international show, the Swiss watchmaker has officially presented three new members of its Chopard 1000 Miglia racing watches family.

While the 2008 GT XL Chrono with its silver dial and the GT XL GMT with its 18K rose gold case look definitely gorgeous, the Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Black (Ref. 168459-3008) chronometer watch is absolutely stunning.

The most interesting thing about the watch is that its 44mm stainless-steel case is coated with virtually unscratchable DLC coating.

A product of modern nanotechnology, the DLC makes it easy to provide just about any material diamond-like resistance to scratches, dings and some other types of mechanical damage.

Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Black chronometer watch

Of course, you can scratch a DLC-coated watch but that must be another object, which is harder. Say, a real diamond.

We have already seen this on such Japanese watches with Quartz movements as Casio MR-G, Citizen Attesa and the famous Citizen Campanola CTY57-1073.

Now, it looks like the Swiss watchmakers are trying to jump on the DLC bandwagon with their mechanic masterpieces.

As you can see on the photos, the Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Black chronometer watch comes equipped with split-level chronograph counters, bezel with tachometric scale, a pair of pushers almost hugging the crown and ’12’ and ‘6’ numericals stenciled on the watch’s sapphire crystal.

The watch features a natural black rubber strap decorated with the 1960s Dunlop Racing tire-tread motif. The strap is fitted with folding steel clasp, which is also DLC-coated.

Inside the watch, which is a certified Chronometer for that matters, is hidden a famous Valjoux 7750 movement.

By the way, the caliber is absolutely adored by numerous watchmaking companies.

At this time, it powers such watches as the dressy IWC Portugese (my Number One favorite of all times), masculine Breitling Chrono SuperOcean, sporty Tag Heuer Aquaracer Automatic Chronograph, as well as a metrosexual Xemex XE 5000 Ivory chronograph and the less expensive, but nevertheless reliable and well executed Oris TT1 watch.

No info on pricing yet, but some $6000 would be just nice.

Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Black chronometer watch (crown, detail)

Photos: Chopard

Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Speed Black chronometer watch specification:

Price range: Around $6000
Movement: Self-winding, unidirectional, Valjoux 7750
Case material: DLC-coated steel, scratch-resistant
Complications: Chronograph, Date
Dial color: Black
Strap: Natural black rubber with folding clasp in DLC blackened steel
Water resistance: 100 meters
Crystal: Sapphire
Case diameter: 44 mm
Limited edition of 1000 (Ref: 168459-3008)

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  1. This watch is only available in a 1000 piece limited edition, and only through the chopard boutiques. i have one on order and the price is a little over $8,500.

  2. Damn! It’s even more expensive than I thought.

  3. USD 8500 or EURO 8500 ???

  4. @ Olley
    Dollars :)

  5. You should get a titanium case for that sort of money.

  6. Just saw one at the store on Beverly Hills. Not on display yet.

  7. I tried one on yesterday in London it was ВЈ4500 so make the most of the weak pound. Its a stunning watch both in this black limited edition and in stainless steel.

  8. Tang YC Says: June 18, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Got one in HK for ~ US$8000. Love the look and the DLC coating case. Feels very comfortable on my wrist.

  9. IВґm buying one tomorrow, because of financial situation here in Mexico the price was 7048 USD.. and after reading all your comments i am goingo to run to the store tomorrow, so that they donВґt regret, hehe.. cheers…

  10. I got one in Zurich 5ooo€ plus 500 francs in free chopard stuff… they wanted 7500€… cash talks and bs walks… i love this watch…. i get more looks and “what watch is that?” questions…. I guess the swiss are in “crisis” also!!

  11. i bought this watch and its aroud 12500 euro arround 15800 dollars

  12. ahhhhhhhhhhhh………

  13. Baba Moulaye Maiga Says: October 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I have a chopard chonometer watch Mille Miglia gtxl. And i want to sell it. If you are interessed contact me.(

  14. I want to know how much thats watch and how you will delever it

  15. John Robert Says: July 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    This watch interests me do to the Mille Miglia Brand. I invested in Stratus Media Group (SMDI.ob) who purchased the U.S. rights to the brand Mille Miglia and will stage a 1000 mile race along the California coast.

    Wonder if they will market watches?

    An Italian style Rally with pre-World War II automobiles. Will be a huge event! Anyone interested should icheck their website.

  16. …DLC is the future for coating…

  17. I am officially salivating over this timepiece

  18. yep, this one is hot :)


  20. i have a new chopard 1000 miglia gt xl chrono 158459-3002 with box and papers contact me if you’re interested (


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