Bamford Creates An Exclusive Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

Bamford Creates An Exclusive Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

Chopard has combined its creativity with that of the Bamford Watch Department (BWD) to deliver an exclusive limited edition of its legendary Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph timepiece.

The 33 numbered Mille Miglia Bamford Edition proudly displays a sporty and very contemporary look thanks to a 42-millimetre case in bead-blasted Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) stainless steel, an elegant bracelet ensuring optimal comfort, a dark grey dial and highly legible orange markings. 

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele (Chopard CEO) and George Bamford (Founder of BWD) at the launch event

“It is an honour to be working with the Chopard family to create this Chopard Mille Miglia x Bamford Watch Department limited edition. I have always loved the Mille Miglia watch for it’s wonderful connection with one of the most amazing car rally’s in the world, the most memorable rally I have experienced in my life.”

George Bamford, Founder, Bamford Watch Department

The Mille Miglia Bamford Edition is the result of the close collaboration and dialogue between Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard and BWD founder George Bamford, and is characterised by the attention to every detail and offers vivid proof of a commitment to craftsmanship and quality expressed through an elegant sports watch.

The 42 millimetre-diameter case is made of bead-blasted DLC stainless steel. In addition to its dark grey colour often found on vintage cars, this contemporary and innovative material has the advantage of being scratchproof: a key asset for a sports watch subjected to the trials of racing. On its side, a crown engraved with a steering wheel and two piston-shaped pushers also recall the collection’s inspiration. Short lugs ensure a perfect fit on the wrist, as does the cordura-effect black rubber strap punctuated by orange stitching and lined with orange calf leather.

The Mille Miglia Bamford Edition chronograph is equipped with a high-precision watchmaking ‘engine’, chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and visible through a sapphire case-back engraved with the iconic 1000 Miglia arrow, this mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding and an approximately 42-hour power reserve drives displays of the hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date functions.

Gregor Fisken (Founder of Fiskens), Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and George Bamford

“When designing this watch with Chopard, I wanted to reminisce on the racing connection but also give it a different aspect. The colour combination of dark grey and one of our signature colours, flame orange, is almost a juxtaposition to the traditional red and white colours of the Mille Miglia.”

George Bamford, Founder, Bamford Watch Department

A great fan of classic car racing himself, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has always been convinced that lovers of fine automobiles and precious timepieces share a passion for optimal elegance and performance. 

Designed to time races, the watches he has created each year since 1988 as part of the partnership between Chopard and the 1000 Miglia feature a certified high-precision mechanism and sporty design paying tribute to the golden age of motor racing. 

By customising the Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph, the Bamford Watch Department has given its own unique touch to one of gentlemen drivers’ most coveted creations. 

Technical Specifications:

Mille Miglia Bamford Edition

Ref. 168589-3036

Limited edition of 33 timepieces in bead-blasted DLC stainless steel


Bead-blasted DLC stainless steel
Total diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 12.67 mm 
Water resistance: 50 metres
DLC stainless steel screw-lock crown with steering-wheel.motif: 7.50 mm
Bead-blasted bezel case-middle and case-back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Case-back secured with screws and bearing the 1000 Miglia logo, a ‘Bamford Limited Edition’ inscription and black-tinted case-back crystal


Mechanical with automatic winding    
Total diameter: 28.60 mm 
Thickness: 6.10 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Annular balance – balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Chronometer-certified by the COSC

Dial and hands:

Dark grey dial – light grey Bamford logo – Matt black inner bezel ring – Orange tachymeter scale
Orange, grey and black transfers
Arabic numerals painted with grey Super-LumiNova®
Baton-type hands painted with grey Super-LumiNova®
Orange central sweep-seconds hand


Central hours, minutes and seconds
30-minute counter at 9 o’clock
Seconds counter at 3 o’clock
Hours counter at 6 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock
Tachymeter scale

Strap and buckle:

Cordura-effect black rubber strap, orange seams and lining
Bead-blasted DLC stainless steel pin buckle



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