Fast and Furious
Announcing a partnership a couple of months back, Chopard and Luftgekuhlt are working together for the annual Bottleworks District event, for both car and Porsche aficionados. The event is founded by race car driver and two time LeMans class winner, Patrick Long and Howie Idelson. To truly mark the occasion, the brand unveiled a new watch collaboration, a 50 piece limited edition Mille Miglia GTS Luftgehuhlt Edition. The timepiece is an auxiliary navigation instrument, reminiscent in color to the Porsche 550 Spyder, and designed to embrace the spirit of the 1000 Miglia, Italy’s well known race for classic and vintage cars. Chopard has been the official timekeeper since 1988 and this addition to the collection will continue to build on tradition of true sport elegance.
Modeled From Inspiration
The latest Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Luftgekuhlt Edition is modeled after Porsche in so many ways and providing such subtle details that you have to really pay attention to appreciate. Orange is a very recognizable color and Chopard uses a bright Day-Glo color that demands attention, but this watch needed just a slightly scaled back bright to have that more regal feel. The connection to the car gauges is obvious, the orange central chronograph seconds hand laying on the very black dial, and the just right pale green lume that makes the palette pure perfection. The brand has worked to bring a strong purpose to the collection, with a Porsche inspired colorway. Just like the event, the timepiece has grown and evolved, making the Luft 8 special in so many ways, but even more so developing a personality aside from Porsche.
The Chopard fans will recognize the familiar layout of the timepiece, with rounded Arabic numerals, the outer tachymeter ring, and dial faces that have taken inspiration from the 50’s era Italian road signs. As with all the brand dial finishing it is exquisite, the fine radial brushing on the main dial, and the intricate placement of the three subdials, keeping it from seeming cluttered and yet providing all the needed elements the timpiece requires. Inside the watch the details of the automatic chronograph movement might seem mystical, but the in-house decorations are what make it brilliant. Powered by the slightly modified ETA 2894-2 movement, the 42mm wide stainless steel case is a comfort fit on the wrist. The black rubber lined leather strap keeps the all matte charcoal PVD case slim looking and certainly stealth on the wrist. The caseback bears the Luftgekuhlt silhouette lofo and the only branding for Luft. The limited edition watch, Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Luftgehuhlt Edition is impressive, makes a statement for all the players, and will be one you want to race to own.