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Missoni chronograph honours London Olympics legacy of its founder

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Missoni’s founder Ottavio Missoni had a fascinating life growing up as a member of the Italian Royal family in the early 20th century and making his mark on the sporting stage when he competed as a hurdler in the 1948 Olympics in London.

It is this athletic achievement that is remembered this month with a limited edition chronograph called the Missoni 331 after the number he wore on his vest at the Olympic Games, five years before he created his fashion business.

The watch, produced in a run of 331 units, has a monochrome dial etched with the Missoni chevron pattern, which is also carried through to the steel bracelet.

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There are two chronograph counter sub dials and a small seconds that has the number 133 in blue.

The sporty 44.5mm steel chronograph houses an automatic Dubois Dépraz movement, which can be seen through a transparent case back.

It goes on sale this month at Missoni stores and authorised retailers.

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