The Mille Miglia Tycoon (model 16/8992) offers a highly accurate automatic movement that's been certified by the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (or COSC, the official Swiss chronometer inspection body). The round watch case measures 42mm (1.65 inches) and 13mm thick (0.51 inches), and it's topped by a fixed bezel with 24-hour markings. In addition to two large, luminescent hands (with seconds hand), this watch includes a red-tipped hand that can track a second time zone. The black dial includes three tonal chrono subdials, luminous stick hour markers, a magnified date window at 3 o'clock, and tachymeter readings running around the outside of the dial (which can be used to measure time over distance).
It's completed by a black leather strap with circular openings running down the middle and tonal stitching accents. Other features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water resistance to 50 meters--suitable for swimming but not for diving.
An automatic (or self-winding) watch is fitted with a device (rotor) that automatically winds the spring by using the force of gravity. It needs no battery, but it will stop if you have been physically inactive for an extended period of time--as long as you're moving, the watch will stay powered. Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet invented the self-winding mechanism in 1770. It worked on the same principle as a modern pedometer, and was designed to wind as the owner walked.
In a nod to its history, Chopard has returned to making its own award-winning watch movements.
In 1976, Chopard unveiled the now-famed Happy Diamonds collection, which featured mobile diamonds that floated freely between two transparent sapphire crystals. And in 1988, Chopard teamed up with the Mille Miglia, an annual Italian rally where vintage and classic cars take part, to create special edition watches every year.
In the modern production facilities at Pfozheim (Germany) and Meyrin (Switzerland), many different skilled professions are represented, including designers, goldsmiths, polishers, turners, toolmakers, jewelry setters, and steel engravers--all working with a great love of detail and the utmost precision.