Thanks to the collaboration between Chopard’s Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and George Bamford (founder of Bamford Watch Department), the 50 numbered timepieces composing the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition ‘Desert Racer’ are distinguished by the attention lavished on every detail of this elegant sports watch, demonstrating a deep-rooted attachment to craftsmanship and quality.
The watch recently accompanied George Bamford in the desert of northern Mexico on the occasion of the last edition of the National Off-Road Racing Association, in which he participated aboard a Meyers Manx buggy. The Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition ‘Desert Racer’ was able to survive its baptism of fire, thereby affirming its reliability, its precision, and its ability to resist in a hostile environment.
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Stemming from the creative dialogue between these two gentlemen, it exudes a powerful look and a sporty presence suited to any occasion. This contemporary timepiece features a robust 43-mm-diameter case made of bead-blasted titanium, topped by a bezel with a black aluminium graduated inlay.
Designed to ensure a perfect fit on the wrist, its short, streamlined lugs offer optimum comfort, complemented by the integrated strap in rubber. This material, ideal for competitive sports, has been reworked with a woven effect, conferring an extremely refined effect. Subtly blending modernity with timeless chic, it is secured by a folding clasp in DLC bead-blasted steel.
The screw-down case-back guaranteeing water resistance to 100 metres is secured by eight black PVD-treated screws. Ensuring chromatic consistency, its transparent tinted crystal surrounded by an orange seal reveals the Chopard movement with its prestigious finishes and openworked oscillating weight.
Inside the case is Calibre 01.08-C, a chronometer-certified movement by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). This mechanical self-winding movement, with its generous approximately 60-hour power reserve, drives the hours, minutes, seconds, and date functions.
Although this special edition is in grey, it also plays on contrasts. Its frosted black dial is lit up by touches of flame orange, a signature of the Bamford Watch Department studios. The oversized 6 and 12 o’clock Arabic numerals enhanced with black SuperLuminova© stand out against the dial, meeting motorsports’ inherent legibility requirements.
With the same aim in mind, the large faceted dagger-shaped hands and applied metallic hour markers are likewise luminescent. Just as a driver keeps an eye on fuel levels during the 1,600 km of the 1000 Miglia, wearers of the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition ‘Desert Racer’ will be able to check the power reserve of their timepiece thanks to the indicator provided for this purpose. This display is inspired by the fuel gauges of the cars competing in the race.