In terms of complexity, difficulty and cost, there are hacking (or stop-second) mechanisms and tourbillons at both ends of the watch luxury complexity table. Although the hacking mechanism is ubiquitous and the tourbillon movement has other complications, the tourbillon escapement can hardly be stopped when the crown is pulled out.
Chopard is one of the few brands to try this feat, and its new automatic tourbillon chronograph movement has become a rare attempt at this already rare complex case. The limited edition Chopard Mille Miglia Lab One watch not only has iconic features, but also provides a new high-tech automotive aesthetic for the series of cars, showing its truly innovative movement works.
The case of the Chopard Mille Miglia Lab One is almost as complex as the movement inside. With a 46 mm diameter, the sandblasted angular titanium case is presented in the modern geometric shape of a wine barrel. The black DLC coating has eye-catching hexagonal screws at the corners, adding an industrial feel and helping to bring you this modern feel.
Of course, the most striking element in the case design is the apparent lack of a crown at first glance. The invisible crown system used by Miss Miglia Lab One has been patented by Chopard, and the actual crown itself is shaped like a wheel with a complex shape, almost flush with the back of the watch at 9 o’clock.
This unorthodox position of the crown helps to form the initial image, creating a sense of symmetry throughout the case and providing a natural sense of dialogue for the watch. For such a complex movement, for Mille Miglia Lab One, the sapphire back cover is almost indispensable, and this back cover has a display window. In other words, the display window cannot help the already disappointing water resistance of 50 meters.
The car inspiration has always been the core of Chopard’s Mille Miglia series, and Mille Miglia Lab One literally translates this inspiration. Most of the surface of the hollow dial is matte black, the raised polished part resembles an old-fashioned competition engine valve cover, and the polished tourbillon bridge at 6 o’clock imitates a supporting tower. Even the tourbillon itself has a radial slot pattern inspired by racing brake discs. The use of actual car parts in the dial design is usually a failed proposition, as integration into the overall watch is often out of date, but the balance between the dial layout of Mille Miglia Lab One and the slightly stylized design W makes things look like No longer so forced.
All the complications of the Mille Miglia Lab One leave enough space on the dial, especially the tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The large date window at twelve o’clock allows you to see the gear train below at a glance, while the power reserve indicator at eight o’clock and the reverse date at four o’clock are mirror images of each other. Chopin also first used retrograde day complications. The exterior of the main valve cover inspired the surface and complexity of the dial, and the rest of the surface under the crystal is framed in a fine square mesh. Although this grid option may not provide the best view of the movement of any skeleton dial, in the image, this seems to strike a balance between movement and dial readability, and this area often plagues the skeleton design.
The Chopard 04.03-M automatic tourbillon movement manufactured in-house by Mille Miglia Lab One provided the brand with many firsts. First of all, this is the brand’s first COSC chronograph automatic tourbillon movement and the brand’s first non-circular automatic tourbillon movement.
However, perhaps its biggest innovation is to stop the tourbillon system. Although most modern mechanical movements stop the movement of the second hand after pulling out the crown, few tourbillon movements do. The system that can steal the tourbillon movement is very simple. It is characterized in that a pair of axially mounted rods can engage and hold the tourbillon in place once the crown is pulled, just like the calipers of a disc brake. Chopard 04.03-M’s proprietary Variner balance also helps to improve performance, constantly compensating for small inertia changes that occur during the 60-hour power reserve. Chopard 04.03-M is certified by the COSC Observatory and has a high accuracy with a speed of 28,800 bph.
Chopard completed the Mille Miglia Lab One by choosing the right car belt. The inner belt is made of carbon fiber woven outer layer, and the rubber lining is flexible and comfortable. Then, pair this mixed material strap with a black DLC titanium open buckle.
The limited edition Chopard Mille Miglia Lab One has an avant-garde appearance and breakthrough movement features, and is a bold display of the brand’s watchmaking expertise. online shop for watch
Chopard Mille Miglia Lab One Concept 168599-3001 Replica watch price
Item Type: Replica Mille Miglia Lab One Concept Watches
Case Material: Titanium,Round
Brand Name: Chopard
Model Number: 168599-3001
Dial Diameter: 48.60×46.00 mm
Clasp Type: Deployment Buckle
Boxes: common box package without paper
WATER RESISTANCE: 5.00atm / 50.00m / 165.00ft
Water Resistance Depth: life proof water
Band Material Type: Rubber strap
Functions: Hours,Minutes,Day,Date,Power Reserve,Tourbillon