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All photos courtesy of Chopard
Aficionados 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 now 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.
Photo: Watch and fashion journalist Marie Charlotte Vananty with her partner Claudio Roddaro, Porsche car collector and pilot.
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.
Photo: Albert Carreras, son of the tenor José Carreras and his friend Jordi Pasqual
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. (Did someone say, Back to the Future?) And we’d have the Alfa, of course, all-time champion of the Miglia…
Photo: Drivers queueing up before their departure on the ramp
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 550RS”, 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.
Photo: Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph on the wrist
Here are pictures while we wait for the next race. Un bacione e ciao!
Photo: Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition on the wrist of a driver before the race
Photo: Chopard sponsor team member waiting for departure
Photo: Racing ambiance
Photo: Chopard – World sponsor and official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia
Photo: A colourful race
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