Some collaborations can prove fruitful, with results that exceed what either party could achieve alone. However, the success of a collaboration can be judged by the willingness of both parties to repeat the practice. Apparently, the release of the Chopard Mille Miglia Bamford Edition in 2021 has convinced the Genevan brand to join forces with the British customization specialist again.

George Bamford returns
No doubt inspired by the model's critical acclaim and commercial success, George Bamford returned to Meyrin, a suburb of Geneva where Chopard has its headquarters. Bamford and Chopard were once again engaged in blue-sky thinking, keen to create something highly original.

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and Mille Miglia
On this occasion, Chopard co-presidents George Bamford and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele look at the Swiss brand’s popular Mille Miglia GTS Power Control watch and reinterprets it through the prism of creativity. Both gentlemen shared a love of cars, especially vintage cars. In fact, Mr. Scheufele had just returned from competing in the Mille Miglia in Italy. Chopard has been “World Sponsor and Official Timekeeper” since 1988.

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NORRA joins Meyers Manx in Mexico 1000 Rally
George Bamford is no stranger to the octane world of racing, most recently competing in the NORRA Mexico 1000 Mile Rally with Meyers Manx. George attended the event in northern Mexico with a new Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition Desert Racer on his wrist. This grueling event covers 1,294 miles (for four-wheel competitors) and is a grueling test for cars, bikes and competitors alike. Needless to say, the Chopard watch escaped unscathed, thanks to its high-quality construction.

However, away from the rugged terrain of the Mexican desert, this watch looks very much at home with clothing. Indeed, in addition to being rugged and durable, the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition Desert Racer also looks handsome thanks to its judicious use of color, texture and gorgeous detailing. Please allow me to elaborate.

Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition Desert Racer – Black
Since its release in 2020, the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control has earned a reputation as a beautiful watch. For this reason, it would be foolish for Chopard to abandon its popular designs that are not limited edition references. With the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition Desert Racer, George’s eponymous company, Bamford Watch Department, teamed up with Chopard to create an alternative vision for watches.

The dagger-style hour and minute hands seen on the 2020 reference are now black, metallized, brushed and faceted. They project a new-age vibe, appearing somewhat stealthy in appearance but still effortlessly visible. The central sweeping seconds hand is black, counterweighted, and has a "cross-hatch" orange tip.

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Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition Desert Racer

Each hour marker is finished in black, echoing the metalized and frosted look of the hour and minute hands. The hour markers appear unobtrusive against the matte black dial, while the Arabic numerals at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock take a bold step forward, outlining clear tones in orange.

power reserve indicator
The date at 3 o'clock is indicated by orange numerals against a black background. The most noticeable power reserve indicator is located at 9 o'clock. It resembles a car's fuel gauge, combining black, gray and orange tones to give meaning. This color palette extends to the minute track, which is presented on the dial flange. Bamford and Chopard cleverly avoided unnecessary overuse by limiting their use of color to three shades.

Black Super-LumiNova
The hands and hour markers are heavily coated with black Super-LumiNova, ensuring legibility at night when participating in the night stages of the most beautiful race in the world.

Sandblasted titanium case
The Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition Desert Racer comes in a 43mm sandblasted titanium case. The strong yet lightweight metal complements the adjacent orange dial decoration. Its light weight improves wearer comfort, while its short lugs invite the strap to wrap around the wrist, making the watch appear smaller than its stated diameter.

The display has slim titanium bezels. It features black aluminum inlays and is embellished with orange numerals.

look under the hood
Petrol fans often gravitate toward the hood of a car, eager to discover the engine inside. With this in mind, the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition Desert Racer’s case back features a tinted sapphire crystal that allows the self-winding movement to be seen, thus satisfying the wearer’s mechanical curiosity. The colored sapphire crystal is inlaid with an orange sealing ring, adding a touch of elegance, while the case back is secured by eight black PVD-treated screws.

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The vertical sides of the crown are decorated with a steering wheel pattern, adhering to the long tradition of Chopard Mille Miglia. The crown is screw-locked and made of DLC-treated black Lucent steel. The crown is located within a black crown protector, which enhances the sporty character of this model.

Throughout the work, Bamford and Chopard skillfully use texture to convey tactile pleasure. The strap, for example, is rubber but resembles a woven material, a property that begs the observer to caress its shape. The strap is equipped with a folding clasp and is made of DLC sandblasted stainless steel.

Chopard Movement 01.08-C
While standing at Parc Fermé waiting for the track clerk to explain how the race will be run, competitors inevitably make small talk, discussing cube capacity, cylinder count and brake horsepower. The similarities to watches are obvious. Chat to any self-respecting watch enthusiast and the conversation will undoubtedly turn to the balance frequency, jewel count and power reserve of their trusty timepiece.

The Chopard Caliber 01.08-C is a self-winding movement produced in-house by Fleurier Ebauches and offers a variety of features. The balance has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the movement contains 40 jewels. Assuming the watch is fully wound, it will run automatically for approximately 60 hours. Finally, the automatic movement is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), ensuring that the watch has been independently scrutinized.

Technical specifications
Model: Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Bamford Edition Desert Racer
Reference number: 168566-3019
Case: sandblasted titanium, diameter 43 mm, height 11.43 mm, front and case back sapphire crystal.
Functions: Hours, minutes, center seconds, date and power reserve indicator
Movement: Chopard Caliber 01-08-C, automatic, 28,800 vph (4Hz), 40 jewels. Power reserve approximately 60 hours
Strap: woven-effect rubber strap with DLC sandblasted stainless steel folding clasp

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