The new Chopard 1000 Miglia GT XL Chrono Split Seconds limited edition watch features an always up do date combination of an elegant rose gold case and a silver dial, which is slightly rehashed to make space for an extra -the fourth- sub-dial.
The fourth indicator, which is located at 3 o’clock, replaces the more traditional small date window. The solution not only balances the dial layout, but also lets the Swiss watch brand get rid of the fish-eye lens on the sapphire crystal.
As you can see, without the lens, the watch’s glare-resistant crystal looks a lot cleaner drawing even more attention to the “6” and “12” numerals that are stenciled on it. Of course, the idea has its trade-offs with reading on the calendar sometimes hidden by rather wide hour and minute hands. Well, the date is perhaps the last thing that a sane person may forget, so that doesn’t look like a serious usability problem to me.
However, the watch’s main attraction is the quite rare split second chronograph complication that comes courtesy of the good old ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic caliber with an add-on module that turns a normal chrono into a split-seconds device.
Sporting a pair of central seconds hands, the Chopard 1000 Miglia GT XL Chrono Split Seconds allows you to measure either a split time or two separate events. For example, you can check performance of two cars on track or, maybe, two yachts in a sea.
However, considering the watch’s water resistance of only 100 meters, it is not advised to use it as a maritime chronograph.
Of course, there is an inevitable tachymeter scale on the timekeeper’s fixed bezel that allows you to use the watch not only for measuring time intervals, but also estimating velocity of a vehicle using kilometer markers on a roadside.
Just stat the chrono when a car passes the first marker, stop it when it reaches the second one and the central chronograph seconds hand will point at an estimated speed of your car. Sure, the function serves no real purpose today, but it is still a nice toy. I can predict that you will use it whole two times after buying the watch: to check if it is working and to show it to your girlfriend.
At 44 millimeters in diameter the new chronometer is clearly on the larger side, but so are most luxury timepieces introduced during this last decade. What may pose a real problem is the gadget’s thickness of over 14 millimeters that, besides giving the watch its undeniable sort of presence, also makes it a bit less convenient to wear with formal attire.
Anyway, just like all models in Chopard’s Classic Racing collection. The 1000 Miglia GT XL Chrono Split Second leaves a strong impression making you want one, regardless of the price tag (the chronograph, which is limited to 500 pieces, will probably start well above the $10,000 mark.)
Chopard 1000 Miglia GT XL Chrono Split Seconds limited edition watch specification
Price range: TBD, more than $15,000 I suppose
Movement winding: Automatic
Movement: Caliber ETA 7750 with Dubois-Depraz add-on module, total of 500 parts, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Complications: Split seconds chronograph, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 14.25 mm
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap with 18-carat rose gold folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, AR-coated