When it comes to dress watches, the phrase “less is more” holds great significance. Sure, there may be some disagreement as to the exact complications one would like to have in a dress watch, but I do find the addition of a seconds hand and date display to be rather helpful. The seconds hand lets you know the watch is still running (useful for mechanical watches), and the date display just makes for an overall more useful watch, taking a dress watch from one that is only worn on special occasions, to something you can wear to the office easily enough. Given that, a timepiece like the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Automatic series replica watch is right up my alley.
Yes, this is the same Montblanc high quality replica watches of pen fame . There is a synchronicity in the products – if you are on the hunt for a nice, high-end pen, you likely would consider a watch on the luxury end of the spectrum as well. Not that the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Automatic is prohibitively expensive, but it is something that is not an impulse purchase for most people. One of the first things that struck me about the watch was the applied indices. This is not something new, as applied indices are used on many watches, but they add some nice dimensionality to the dial.
On the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Automatic, those applied indices are taken to another level, quite literally. As you can see in the photo above, the indices and numerals are very raised. Given the amount of shadowing this causes, you go from a flat dial to something that has a second plane involved. While I certainly did not do any side-by-side comparisons, these look to be close to twice the height of any other indices that I can recall seeing on a watch that crossed my desk. Aside from being different, this also shows a level of detail you would want from a luxury watch, be it entry-level or not.
Those indices and numerals, along with the handset, are plated in red gold. This gives some of a hint of the “old world” luxury that gold seems to bring to the table, while softening that yellow tone a bit to make it more palatable to those who normally do not wear yellow gold (say, like me). This choice might be a bit surprising to some, given that the 38mm case is polished stainless steel, and it did throw me at first. As I spent time with the watch, I appreciated it more. Basically, the red gold added another color to what otherwise would have been a very monochromatic look between the white dial and the steel case. It also makes for flexible leather strap Montblanc fake watches pairing. Our review sample came with a black alligator strap, but swapping in a warmer brown strap would work just as well given the red gold accents.
Car racing and watches: such a seemingly ever-young combination, tirelessly perpetuated by the countless automotive-inspired watches released year over year. Despite the highly saturated segment, there actually are very few watches that can pull off this racing vibe and remain wearable for the times when, you know, you are not driving your Porsche 550 Spyder on the twisty roads along the Côte d’Azur. The Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition (reference 168580-3001) promises to be one of these few, offering a mix of subtle Mille Miglia branding and not-so-subtle vintage racing-inspired design elements. Let’s see how it performs – not on the race track, but on the wrist.
A Few Words About The Mille Miglia
The Mille Miglia has to be one of the more obscure, and yet – reportedly – most amazing car racing series organized today.
Held earlier this year, Chopard cheap fake watches between May 19th and 22nd, the event featured more than 400 teams, competing over the one-thousand-mile (around 1,600km) distance between Brescia and Rome. The Mille Miglia is reserved for classic and vintage cars that have been a part of the historical races between 1927 and 1957 and leads through some R-rated driving roads of Italy. Since 1988, Chopard has served as historical world sponsor and official timekeeper of the car rally also known as “the world’s most beautiful race.”
Sounds like a magnificent time to be had… Yet, somehow, I have always felt that while it is a race based on admirable heritage and a genuine appreciation of vintage race cars, the number of Chopard high quality copy watches dedicated to it, as well as the emphasis placed on plastering Mille Miglia everywhere on most of said watches, was a bit overkill for many prospective buyers who would otherwise have liked the design, price point, and quality of Chopard’s racing-inspired timepieces. It has to be a terrific race, no doubt about it, but I always wondered if its fan base was as large and as dedicated to the event as it would need to be to justify previous Mille Miglia watch designs.
This reason exactly is why I was excited to review this Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition replica watches: on the front of it, there only is a small, and in fact beautifully integrated Mille Miglia logo at 12 – and that’s all the co-branding that you get pushed in your face. “Finally,” I thought, “a Mille Miglia watch that will be about restrained sportiness the way Chopard does it and about me wearing it all the time… and not about a 4-day event I can hardly relate to.” Co-branding and enhanced brand exposure is nice and all, but tasteful design and long-term wearability should come first, I think.