One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the World Endurance Championship season took place this last weekend; the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016. Chopard, the “Official Timing Partner” of Porsche Motorsport since the beginning of the 2014 season, was on hand to support the German team for this this key competition.
For this 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chopard unveiled the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition, a 100-piece limited series. The handsome chronograph is inspired by the new Porsche 919 Hybrid – an evolved version of the speed machine that powered Porsche Motorsport to the very top of the 2015 podium.
Available exclusively in Chopard boutiques, the limited Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition features an imposing 45 mm-diameter case made in titanium – an ultra-light material much favored in the world of endurance racing. The case is bead-blasted, and blackened by a DLC treatment ensuring an extremely scratch-resistant coating. The watch is also water-resistant to 100 meters.Topping it is a bezel bearing a lacquered titanium tachymetric scale and secured by eight PVD-coated blackened screws. The matt black rubber-molded screw-lock crown bears a steering wheel emblem, while the two pushers are respectively coated in red rubber at 2 o’clock and black rubber at 4 o’clock. The grooves on the case middle are designed to emulate the cooling fins of race-car engines, while the straight lines of the dial are reminiscent of the Porsche 919 Hybrid’s rear diffuser. The red 919 logo is visible on the hours counter and is identical to the numbers of the Porsche Hybrid competition cars.The watch is powered by the Chopard Caliber 03.05M. Entirely produced and assembled in Chopard’s Fleurier Ebauches workshops, it’s a mechanical self-winding chronograph movement certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The movement has a substantial 60-hour power reserve and features a flyback function. The sapphire crystal case-back, engraved with the inscription “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport” as well as the team logo, affords a view of the cutting-edge mechanism with its slit bridges reminiscent of racing engines.
Finally, the watch comes on a black rubber strap inspired by slick competition racing tyres and secured by a folding clasp in DLC-coated titanium. The soon to be snapped up Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition will retail at $14,370 USD.