Flash News: Chopard Superfast Flyback Chronograph Porsche 919 Edition
By Thierry Ané on June 18, 2014
Held annually since 1923, the “24 Heures du Mans” is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing. This “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency” is also one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Very demanding for the pilots and their teams, the race is also extremely hard on the automobiles: race teams have to balance speed against the cars' ability to run for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage. They also have to manage the cars' consumables, primarily fuel, tyres and braking materials, making it the perfect environment for car manufacturers to test their latest technologies.
One prestigious car brand, though, was missing from this important event since 1998: Porsche. After sixteen years of absence, though, the German car manufacturer celebrated its comeback to the competition with a brand new car: the Porsche 919 Hybrid. It is the first sports-prototype racing car built by Porsche since the RS Spyder in 2010 and although it experienced a broken anti-roll bar during its first Le Mans participation and was unable to secure a win, great things are to be expected from this marvel of technology in the future.
Luxury watch brand Chopard has always been close to the world of racing. Their authentic and enduring partnership with the “Mille Miglia” race for classic and vintage cars celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and the brand’s CEO, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele is known for his passion for cars and motor racing. This year, in spring, the Swiss manufacture confirmed its involvement with motor sports as they became the “Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport”. To celebrate this new partnership and Porsche’s return to the LMP1 Endurance World Championship, Chopard has just unveiled the Superfast Flyback Chronograph Porsche 919 Edition.
First presented in 2012, the “Superfast” collection hit the markets last year: it includes an Automatic model, a watch featuring a Power Reserve, as well as a Flyback Chronograph version, with all models available in stainless steel or in a more luxurious rose gold interpretation. The new Porsche 919 Edition timepiece is based on the Flyback Chronograph.
It is equipped with the same self-winding 03.05-M calibre. This chronograph movement with a flyback function has been developed and manufactured in-house by Chopard. It offers 60 hours of power reserve and is chronometer-certified by the COSC. Its exclusive openwork bridges and hollowed-out oscillating weight can be admired through the sapphire case back. For this special “Porsche 919 Hybrid” edition, the sapphire crystal has been adorned with a "Porsche Motorsport Official Timing Partner" logo transfer.
The stainless steel case has generous 45 x 15.18 mm dimensions, perfectly appropriate for a sporty watch. It also looks extremely virile and technical with its eight black screws on the bezel, grooved case band and ribbed crown with a hubcap-like motif. It is mounted on a black rubber strap inspired by slick tyres serving to negotiate bends at extremely high speeds. The watch is secured by a stainless steel folding buckle and boasts a water resistance to a depth of 100 meters.
Apart from the logo transfer on the back, most of the customisation appears on the dial. It was black with anthracite vertical stripes and black chronograph counters on the original Flyback Chronograph model. The dial design for the Porsche 919 Edition version is greatly inspired by the new hybrid supercar: the silver colour is reminiscent of the prestigious Porsche colour, the stripes on the dial now evoke the racing car’s rear diffuser and the red rectangle “919” logo on the chronograph 12-hour counter is identical to the number of the Porsche racing car.
This Porsche 919 Edition model will be available in autumn and will only be produced in a limited series of 919 pieces. It is a nice alternative to the original Flyback Chronograph model even though I would have appreciated a higher degree of customisation.