The limited-edition Chopard 1000 Miglia GT XL Chrono Split Seconds chronograph features an always up-to-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 brand get rid of the fish-eye lens on the sapphire crystal.
As you can see, without the lens, the glare-resistant front 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 a 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 main attraction here is the rare split-seconds chronograph complication that comes courtesy of the good old ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic caliber with an add-on module that turns a normal chronograph 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 the performance of two cars on the track or, maybe, two yachts in the sea.
However, considering the official water-resistance rating of only 100 meters, it is not advised to use the expensive gadget 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 for estimating the 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 the 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 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 which, 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 their Classic Racing collection, the 1000 Miglia GT XL Chrono Split Seconds 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 specification
Movement winding: Automatic
Movement: Caliber ETA Valjoux 7750 with Dubois-Depraz add-on module, a total of 500 parts, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Complications: Split seconds chronograph, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: 18-karat rose gold
Size: 44.00 mm
Height: 14.25 mm
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap with 18-karat rose gold folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, AR-coated