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Chopard Mille Miglia Lab One (Ref. 168599-3001)

Chopard introduced the new Mille Miglia Lab One model, designed with a non-round form for the first time in its history.


The model, which was designed within the scope of the project carried out under the presidency of Chopard Co-President and founder of Chopard Manufacture workshops in 1996, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, is limited to only 20 units.


The case of the model is designed in the cushion style, a first in brand history. The case, measuring of 48.6mm x 46mm x 14.85mm, is made of black DLC coated micro-sandblasted titanium. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating are used on both sides of the case. The bezel on the front and the metal frame on the case back of the modular architecture case are fixed with four hexagonal screws. The case, which has a patented hidden crown on the left, has a water resistance value of 50 meters.


The dial of the new model is also equipped with original design details, just like its case. The dial, which is partly open-worked, features a date display at 12, where different discs are used for each digit. The part where the Chopard inscription is positioned vertically and the part opposite to it are designed inspired by the valve covers of the automobile engine. The day indicator placed at 5 o'clock and the power reserve indicator located at 7 o'clock, together with the red hands, provide an image suitable for the motorsport theme of the model. At 6 o'clock position, is the  Tourbillon balance with a small second hand. The dial, where a modern designed bridge fixes the Tourbillon cage, was accompanied by large hands with Super-LumiNOVA filling.

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The model is powered by the manufacture Caliber 04.03-M. The self-winding movement, which consists of 43 stones/485 components, beats at a frequency of 4Hz (28.800vph) and offers a power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound. The movement, which is the first automatic Tourbillon to come to life in Chopard workshops, is equipped with the brand's patented stop-Tourbillon feature. The mechanism, which is inspired by the working principle of the brake discs in automobiles, stops the Tourbillon with the levers activated when the crown is pulled out. In this way, it is possible to synchronize the watch with a different time source to the nearest second.

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Chopard Mille Miglia Lab One comes with a rubber-lined carbon-fiber strap and a folding clasp made of titanium material with black DLC coating. The model, which is limited to only 20 units, will be available for sale only in Chopard boutiques with a price tag of EUR 128,500.

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