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The Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph JX7 for Jacky Ickx

Capturing the vibe of vintage motorsport while honouring a decades-long friendship of two genuine enthusiasts.

| By Denis Peshkov | 3 min read |

In their seventh collaboration, renowned race car driver and six times Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx and Chopard‘s Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele have crafted a timepiece that honours the racing legend but also celebrates their 36-year friendship fueled by a mutual love for motorsport and exquisite watches. Inspired by the distinctive blue-coloured helmets worn by Ickx since 1972, the new Mille Miglia chronograph once again captures the essence of the series.

The new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph JX7 continues the updates introduced in 2023 to the classic car-inspired collection while adding a few distinctive features. It offers two versions of the chronograph: one in Lucent Steel and another in Lucent Steel with ethical 18-carat yellow gold elements.

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The case is 40.5mm in diameter, 12.88mm thick, and 50m water-resistant. The chronograph pushers have a knurled pattern reminiscent of brake pedals, while the sizeable notched crown is adorned with a vintage steering wheel motif. In the bi-colour version, the bezel, crown, and pushers are crafted from ethical yellow gold, enhancing the timepiece’s luxurious appeal. Topping off the case is a box-style sapphire crystal, adding to the watch’s vintage aesthetic.

The midnight blue lacquer dial of the Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph JX7, adorned with a circular satin finish, features a tachymeter scale printed in black on the silvery-white flange alongside a minutes/seconds track with white markings. Prominent Arabic numerals, rendered in the signature typeface, and dot indices at 3, 6, and 9 are treated with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions.

The recessed and snailed sub-dials for small seconds at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock stand out with white chapter rings. The red Mille Miglia logo draws attention, echoed by the red tip of the central chronograph’s second hand. All hands are rhodium-plated or gilded in the bi-colour version; the baton-type hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova. Completing the functional features of the impeccably legible and balanced dial is a small date window positioned at 4:30. As a subtle tribute to Jacky Ickx’s six victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the date numerals 6 and 24 are highlighted in red.

The watch’s exhibition caseback showcases Jacky Ickx’s midnight blue “owl” two-window helmet and the words ‘Time Attack’ and driver’s name printed on the sapphire crystal. The metal part is engraved with the Mille Miglia logo and mentions the limited edition – Chopard will produce 250 pieces in Lucent Steel and 50 in Lucent Steel with yellow gold accents. 

The Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph JX7 is powered by a COSC-certified automatic modular chronograph movement (based on the ETA A322-11) with 37 jewels. It operates at a beat rate of 28,800 vibrations/hour and offers a substantial 54-hour power reserve.

The new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph JX7 is paired with a midnight blue 1960s Dunlop tyre-tread pattern rubber strap, which matches the dial. The strap is secured with a pin buckle. The JX7 comes in a special presentation box with a miniature reproduction of the legendary helmet. The all-steel version costs EUR 11,100, while the steel and gold variant costs EUR 13,000. For further details, visit

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