Since 2014, Chopard has been the Official Timing Partner for Porsche Motorsport. For the latest edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Swiss manufacturer has prepared a new special edition timepiece named the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition.
The robust chronograph is inspired by the new Porsche 919 Hybrid from the German team which, after a triumphant 2015 season, is already eyeing an 18th world championship title this year. Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition features intense black, white and red detailing just like the speed machine that has inspired it.
This powerful newcomer is housed in a colossal 45mm case crafted from titanium – an ultra-light material much appreciated in the world of endurance racing. The masculine case is further bead-blasted and blackened by a DLC treatment, thus providing extreme scratch resistance, as well as decent water resistance up to 100 meters (approximately 330 feet). The case is topped by a lacquered titanium bezel engraved with a tachymetric scale, which can be used to measure average speed or distance travelled. It is secured by eight PVD-coated black screws.
The case also incorporates a matt black rubber-molded screw-lock crown bearing a steering wheel emblem, and the two push-pieces. The upper pusher at the 2 o’clock position is coated in red rubber, while the one placed at the 4 o’clock position features black rubber coating. As you can see on the image below, the grooves on the case middle are designed to emulate the cooling fins of race-car engines.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a matte black dial which comprises red counter hands, minute markers, the central sweep-seconds hand, Arabic numerals, hours and minutes hands as well as metallic hour-markers which are coated with white superluminova thus guarantying excellent legibility no matter how poor the visibility is. The straight lines of the dial are the reminiscent of the Porsche 919 Hybrid’s rear diffuser. The race-inspired dial also features a red 919 logo which appears on the hours counter and it is identical to the numbers of the Porsche Hybrid competition cars.
The beating heart of the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition is the caliber 03.05M mechanical movement which has been entirely in-house manufactured and assembled in Chopard’s Fleurier Ebauches workshops. The self-winding chronograph movement features a flyback function and comes with Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) certification that guarantees the utmost precision. The COSC-certified chronograph movement delivers no less than 60 hours of power reserve, it is mounted on 45 jewels, and oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz).
From the rear, the special sapphire crystal case back reveals a commemorative inscription “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport”, as well as the team logo.
Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition (ref. 168535-3005) is produced in the limited quantity of only 100 pieces which are available exclusively in Chopard boutiques for the retail price of $14,370.
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