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|Size - length including lugs:||46mm|
Stunning limited edition 487/1000 Mille Miglia, on rubber strap with tire tread pattern, with black dial with highly luminous Arabic numerals and hands. The watch is a gem and I just love wearing it.
Case is stainless steel and measures 39mm diameter by 13mm thick. The front crystal is domed sapphire and the case back also features a sapphire display crystal. Chronograph pushers are round, pump style. The crown is signed ‘LUC’. The bezel is broad and the case back screws on. Water resistant to 50 meters.
The black dial is fantastic on this watch. Very brightly glowing Arabic numerals and luminous hands. There is a date window at 4 o’clock and three sunken subdials: the 3 o’clock subdial is constant seconds (and has “1000 MIGLIA” printed in red) with the dates 1988-1998; the 6 o’clock subdial is the chronograph hours totalizer; the 9 o’clock subdial is the chronograph minutes totalizer.
Movement is a specially decorated ETA Caliber 2894 with 37 jewels, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with “Chopard Geneve” engraved on the decorated rotor, and is a C.O.S.C. Certified Chronometer.
The rubber Chopard strap has a tire tread pattern and steel Chopard buckle. The watch is in mint condition with no cosmetic damage.
Louis Ulysse founded the company in 1860. It was the start of “LUC”. His strategy was precision and quality. The turning point of the company is 1963 when he meets Karl Scheufele of Pforzheim who wants to continue the watch activity. It was the beginning of the prosperity for LUC. Since 1996, Chopard makes its own caliber including the 1.96 with mini-motor, the LUC Quattro with four mainsprings barrels, the LUC tourbillon and in 2006 the company own column-wheel chronograph. At the same time, Chopard develops the luxury Fleurier quality seal in conjunction with other companies.
This Chopard Mille Miglia 8331 has got a lot of heritage. The Mille Miglia (Thousand Miles) was an open-road endurance race, which took place in Italy twenty-four times from 1927 to 1957 (thirteen before the war, eleven from 1947).
Reference 8331 with an automatic ETA caliber 2894 with 37 jewels, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 39mm
Length including lugs: 46mm