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How do you celebrate a very special anniversary? Well, if you’re Chopard and Alfa Romeo, you commission a very special line of timepieces.
To mark their birthdays – 2010 sees Chopard celebrating 150 years and 100 years for Alfa Romeo – the two decided to join forces and to launch three new classic sport watches. And the two brands have an intertwined history together. For more than two decades, Chopard has had a strong presence in the World of Classic Racing, serving both as a sponsor and Official Timekeeper for the Mille Miglia race. It also turns out the Alfa Romeo’s cars have the honor of bringing in the most wins in this particular race, with a grand total of 11.
The anniversary line includes the GT XL Chrono Alfa Romeo and the Gran Turismo XL Alfa Romeo. The GT XL comes in stainless steel or black DLC-coated steel, while the Gran Turismo features a black dial with red hands and indexes as well as the logo of both brands. Both come equipped with COSC-certified in-house automatic movements, 46-hour power reserve, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 44mm cases and Chopard’s signature vintage Dunlop-inspired rubber straps. Like any special occasion, these timepieces won’t last long. Only 500 of each of the three watches will be offered, along with a table clock in PVD-coated steel and a black leather, red-stitched case, and an additional travel alarm clock.