The Chopard Mille Miglia Clas­sic XL 90th An­niver­sary re­calls leg­ends driven in style.

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Those Ital­ians.


know the race of “a thou­sand miles”, the Mille Miglia, an open-road event that took place in Italy from 1927 to 1957. It re­flected dif­fer­ent sport­ing and au­to­mo­tive val­ues and maybe a more gra­cious time; not fast food but slow, won­der­ful, time­less cook­ing wor­thy of an occasion.

Un­like races where cars are re­leased at one-minute in­ter­vals, with big-en­gined, pro­fes­sional-class cars go­ing first, the Mille Miglia sees the smaller, lower-dis­place­ment cars given right of way.

The Mille Miglia was re­born as a race for clas­sic and vin­tage cars in 1977, with par­tic­i­pa­tion lim­ited to mod­els pro­duced no later than 1957, which had at­tended or were reg­is­tered with the orig­i­nal race.

The 2017 edi­tion took par­tic­i­pants along the breathtaking route of Bres­cia-Rome on its 90th an­niver­sary, keep­ing the point of de­par­ture and ar­rival in Viale Venezia as Bres­cia. An out­stand­ing field of 450 au­to­mo­biles com­mem­o­rated the event, in­clud­ing the Fer­rari 250 GTO, the Alfa Romeo 6C and the Porsche 550 RS.

If there was one su­per­power we’d ask for, it would be time travel… to when vin­tage cars roamed the streets, and men and women wore their clothes (and re­moved them) like they meant it. In mod­ish dress we’d stroll, um­brella in hand, sur­rep­ti­tiously ad­mir­ing and openly lust­ing af­ter the GTO. Should the gods be so good as to grant us a sec­ond car, we’d call the 550 RS. And we’d have the Alfa, of course, all-time cham­pion of the Miglia…

Chopard, the his­tor­i­cal part­ner of “la corsa più bella del mondo”, the most beau­ti­ful race in the world, cel­e­brated the occasion by is­su­ing a 90-piece Mille Miglia Clas­sic XL 90th An­niver­sary Lim­ited Edi­tion. In a rose gold case, the el­e­gant col­lec­tor’s model pays trib­ute to the race’s sport­ing spirit and myth­i­cal beasts.

Said to have been mod­elled “af­ter the curves of the Fer­rari, the sleek lines of an Alfa Romeo and the con­struc­tion qual­ity of the Porsche 550 RS”, the end prod­uct is a so­phis­ti­cated, mas­cu­line yet op­u­lent ob­jet d’art. Its calf­skin strap has a lovely patina, a tip of the hat to the grand bon­nets of vin­tage cars.

Here are pic­tures while we wait for the next race.

Un ba­cione e ciao!

Karl Friedrich Scheufele and Ro­main Du­mas in Padova for the sec­ond day de­par­ture.

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