Last year, when Chopard became the Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport, it launched a Superfast Chronograph Porsche 919 Edition inspired by the Porsche 919 Hybrid competing in the World Endurance Championship LMP1 category. This year, it is time for yet another stunning timepiece that honors the German racing team.
In 2015, Chopard celebrates the legendary driver Jacky Ickx. This former Belgian driver is a six-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and he also achieved eight wins and 25 podium finishes in Formula One and won the Can-Am Championship in 1979. The former winner of the Dakar Rally is a time-honored ambassador of Chopard and Porsche.
Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition features a silver-toned dial encrusted with stripes which are reminiscent of the rear diffuser of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The inner bezel ring and two chrono sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’ clock positions in dark blue are dotted with white touches which are the well-known colors of the racing helmet worn by the racing-legend.
The masculine watch is housed in a sporty 45mm case crafted from stainless steel. The rugged case features a large screwed bezel engraved with a tachymeter scale, a rubberized crown and pushers, striated flanks and a large 60-minute scale on the inner flange.
The silver dial also comprises a date window which is located between 4 and 5 o’clock positions and a small second counter which is situated at the 6 o ’clock position. The chronograph hands are all colored in red for easy reading of the timing data, while hour and minute hands are coated with luminous material for the best visibility under low light conditions.
This newcomer is powered with the entirely in-house developed, produced and assembled Chopard Caliber 03.05-M mechanical movement with a flyback function. The self-winding movement is officially chronograph certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The movement oscillates at a rapid frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz) and is capable to store power which will keep the watch ticking for about 60 hours.
The solid case-back protects the movement from ingress of water pressure up to 100 meters (330 feet). The reverse side of the watch also bears the commemorative inscriptions “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport” and “Jacky Ickx Limited Edition”.
The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition (ref. 168535-3003) is produced in the limited quantity of 100 specimens. The watch comes with a black rubber strap with the smooth tread of slick racing tyres, which sets the perfect finishing touch to this gorgeous watch that symbolises the brand’s commitment to the world of racing. The strap ends with a polished steel folding clasp.