Chopard and The Mille Miglia

This post is a two-part piece About the storied Mille Miglia Race, and the Historic watchmaker Chopard- the world sponsor and the official timekeeper of Mille Miglia since 1988.

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Today is the finish of The mille Miglia, It is Italy’s historic 1,000-mile race which was run annually from Brescia to Rome and back, from 1927 through 1940, and from 1947 through 1957. Hundreds of drivers,and cars have traversed this course, in its day it was the measure of a man and a showcase for a car manufacturer. It was a stage for showing off a drivers prowess, and the beauty and technology of a machine he was piloting.  This year is the 35th that the Mille will be run as a vintage racing event. There are a number of automakers whose classic models participated in the original event who have entered vehicles to relive former glories. Continue reading

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Don Draper’s Omega Watch

After five seasons now, many watch enthusiasts have been wringing their hands in anticipation for a good enough glimpse of Don Draper”s wrist. We have all wanted to see what watch this 60s leader in style  has chosen to wear. Well, all of our patients paid off, and last night (Season 5 , Episode 6) we were rewarded. In a scene where Don was waiting for his wife, he took a nice long look at his watch. In what I am sure was a product placement for Omega, we had a unobstructed view of a beautiful early 60’s omega seamaster with a cross hair dial. A gorgeous watch in gold over stainless steel on a black leather strap.

When I saw the camera pan across the watch I paused the screen and admired it for a moment. Then I did some searching on the Omega Vintage database and discovered what I believe is the correct model. The cross hair is not a common model so it was easier to distinguish against other watches of that vintage. I believe this piece is a Seamaster De Ville reference number 166.0020, it is an automatic with the 24 jewel caliber 565. This is a beautiful example of an Omega as the brand was becoming one of the top quality manufacturers in the world. You can still find this watch and similar models online, if you are looking for that vintage look. Sites such as Ebay list many for under $1000. Know what you’re looking for, use the Omega database if you want to be sure of what you’re getting. When you find just the right one, just like Don Draper and his Seamaster cross hair, you’re going to look swell.

A swell watch – Baume et Mercier Capeland Chronograph

I just got this beautiful watch around Valentine’s Day. (By the way ladies here is a great gift idea for your man for V-day.) I am so pleased with it, I wanted to share it with you. It is the Baume et Mercier Capeland Chronograph.

It has a nice heavy feel, beautiful dial with arabic numbers, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. It is water-resistant to 100 meters, with the help of a screw down crown. It is powered by a Valjoux 775o automatic movement with some nice embellishments, unfortunately it has a solid case back so you can’t view it.

I always loved the classic black dial on stainless. Bracelet or strap, I don’t care which, however, this piece deserves a nice panther link bracelet. I also really love the strongly luminous hands and indicators on the dial. It is gorgeous.Valjoux 7750

I wore it today with a black french-cuffed shirt (French cuffs are the best) and my black pearl cuff links. Plays nicely don’t you think? The crystal has a nice slight bubble top shape that is kind of reminiscent of a pearl so I thought it was appropriate.

With Pearls

To top it all off I have to share this with you as well, not only does Baume Mercier make beautiful watches, but their advertising agents are genius. Here is the best watch ad ever:

Check out Baume Mercier, these watches know….how to be swell.