The Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato stems from the partnership between Chopard and a design legend: the Milan-based bodywork specialist Zagato. Zagato is known for its distinctive designs brought to some of the world’s most prestigious auto brands, just one example being the Aston Martin V12 Zagato (see Did You Know? below for more). Chopard has been the official timekeeper and sponsor of the Mille Miglia road race for 25 years and every year as far back as I can recall it has produced a new limited edition piece to commemorate the race. In fact it was along the route of the legendary Mille Miglia that Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the Co-President of Chopard, met with Andrea Zagato, the third generation in his family to head the Milan-based automobile body design firm — the genesis of this collaboration.
This year’s Chopard Mille Miglia watch is one that has undergone the exclusive Zagato personalization process. The case is 42.5mm steel with a black DLC finish which gives the case extreme scratch resistance. It comes in two variations: one all-black and the other fitted with a rose gold bezel featuring a red insert bearing the 24-hour dual-time graduation. The start/stop chrono pusher is either black or rose gold (matching the bezel), with a red-laquered tip — a nod to the symbolic color of both Zagato and the Mille Miglia.
The Zagao “Z” logo adorns the crown and it also comprises the pattern occupying the entire surface of the dial. Likewise, the strap typically evokes the work of Zagato, featuring a distinct central groove. The ‘engine’ is an automatic mechanical chronograph movement with date and dual-time display, the same caliber typically found in the Chopard Mille Miglia series.
The Mille Miglia Zagato is issued in a 500-piece limited series for the black DLC-coated steel version and the same number for the rose gold-accented model. Both are available in Chopard boutiques around the world and in the Chopard E-boutique (USA Only). Price on the Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato is $8,100 for the steel DLC, $9,900 for the rose-gold accented.
Aston Martin V12 Zagato
Did You Know?
Since 1919, the atelier founded by Ugo Zagato in Milan has strived to create distinctively designed bodywork. In almost a century of history, it has worked with some of the greatest car manufacturers including Ferrari, Lancia, Maserati – an impressive roster more recently joined by Aston Martin, Bentley and the brand that has most powerfully contributed to its reputation, Alfa Romeo (Zagato bodied Alfas won 4 Mille Miglias: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1933). Having come to specialize in extreme high-end and bespoke executions on sport or racing chassis, Zagato has remained an independent and family-owned company that cultivates a unique aesthetic philosophy: functional, sleek, rationalist, a typical “Milanese” design approach. Nonetheless, Zagato’s main specialist has always been that of Grand Tourer cars.