Chopard GT XL Chrono Alfa Romeo (above) and table clock (below right) – Click either image for high-res image gallery

In a field of automotive-inspired wristwatches, one marque stands above the rest as the connoisseur's choice: Chopard. From its ongoing sponsorship and participation in the annual Mille Miglia revival rally to exquisite timepieces like the LUC Engine One Tourbillon, Chopard's made a name for itself among lovers of classic cars. And this year they celebrate their 150th anniversary, conveniently in the same year as Alfa Romeo marks their 100th.

To celebrate, Chopard has rolled out not just a single model, but a whole line of timepieces honoring Alfa Romeo. The range includes the Gran Turismo XL Alfa Romeo and the GT XL Chono Alfa Romeo (available in either stainless steel of carbon-coated steel), both of which feature 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. Only 500 of each of the three variants 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.

All in all, not a bad way to celebrate a birthday. Read about 'em in the press release after the jump and take a closer look in the gallery below.


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Alfa Romeo Anniversary Watch Collection by Chopard
GT XL Chrono Alfa Romeo
Gran Turismo XL Alfa Romeo

Chopard and Alfa Romeo have decided to join forces and to launch three new classic sport watches. Indeed, 2010 is a very special year for both companies as each brand is celebrating an exceptional anniversary: 150 years for Chopard and 100 years for Alfa Romeo. Since more than two decades Chopard is strongly involved in the World of Classic Racing serving as sponsor and Official Timekeeper for the Mille Miglia race, "la corsa piu bella del mondo", in which Alfa Romeo cars reached the highest number of victories, in total eleven.

The GT XL Chrono Alfa Romeo (stainless steel or black DLC-coated steel) and the Gran Turismo XL Alfa Romeo feature black dial with red hands and indexes as well as the logo of the two brands. Endowed with 46-hour power reserve, the self-winding movements are chronometer-certified by the COSC and beat at 28'800 vibrations per hour. The 44mm diameter cases are water-resistant up to 100 metres and are protected by glare-proof sapphire crystals. The three versions are issued in limited and numbered editions of 500.

GT XL Chrono Alfa Romeo

Case

Stainless steel
Total diameter 44.00 mm
Thickness 14.36 mm
Water resistantce 100 metres

Movement

Mechanical self-winding movement
Number of jewels 25
Power reserve approx. 46 hours
Frequency 28'800 vibrations per hour
Chronometer-certified (by the COSC)
Sapphire crystal see-through back case

Functions and displays

Chronograph equipped with 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock and central second hand
Hours, minutes, small seconds
Tachometer scale from 240 to 55km/h engraved on the bezel
Date
Minute track graved on the dial

Strap

Natural black rubber


Limited and numbered edition of 500 in stainless steel and 500 in black
DLC-coated steel.



Gran Turismo Alfa Romeo

Case

Stainless steel
Total diameter 44.00 mm
Thickness 14.36 mm
Water resistance 100 metres

Movement

Mechanical self-winding movement
Number of jewels 25
Power reserve approx. 46 hours
Frequency 28'800 vibrations per hour
Chronometer-certified (by the COSC)

Functions and displays

Hours, minutes, small seconds
Date
Minute track graved on the dial

Strap

Natural black rubber

Limited and numbered edition of 500



Table clock Alfa Romeo
PVD black steel case and black leather with red stitching, black dial with index,
Function hour-minute-second

Travel alarm clock Alfa Romeo
Steel case, black dial with index, function hour-minute-alarm