Friday, April 1, 2016

Chopard Superfast Porsche Motorsport 919 Limited Victory Edition

Swiss haute horlogerie brand Chopard presents a Superfast model in a limited series dedicated to the victory of the Porsche Motorsport team in the 2015 World Endurance Championship. The German racing team for which Chopard has been serving as Official Timing Partner since 2014 thereby won its 17th title, marking a triumphant return to endurance competition. This trophy was won at the wheel of an exceptional car – the Porsche 919 Hybrid – of which the Superfast Porsche Motorsport 919 - limited victory edition reprises the design codes. Issued in a 17-piece limited edition, this new sleek sophisticated, COSC chronometer-certified chronograph celebrates this victorious partnership.
Since 2014, Chopard has been accompanying Porsche Motorsport’s return to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). As official timing partner of this legendary team, the watch manufacture is particularly proud to celebrate the year 2015 which was crowned with success and to honour this victorious season is presenting a limited series. Porsche claimed the World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship by racking up a string of podium finishes throughout 2015. The most impressive was undoubtedly its double victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year that was one for the history books. This 17th World Championship title further reinforced Porsche’s impressive track record in endurance racing. This much-coveted trophy joined the one earned by the drivers who finished the season at the head of the championship.

Inspired by the Porsche 919 Hybrid that powered the Porsche Motorsport to the top spot in the World Endurance Championship, the Superfast Porsche Motorsport 919 - limited victory edition celebrates the performance and the passion for automobiles shared by the two companies.
Its imposing 45 mm-diameter stainless steel case is water-resistant to 100 metres. Its tachymeter-equipped bezel is crafted in 18-carat rose gold – as if to crown this victorious partnership – and secured by eight blackened screws. Its powerful lines house a high-precision mechanism with finishes reminiscent of racing car engines.

The screw-lock crown is adorned with a black rubber-moulded steering wheel, while the striped sides of the case recall the cooling vents on racing engines and are matched by the linear dial motifs and the open-worked movement bridges. The silver-toned dial is inspired by the famous metallic grey of the German manufacturer, whilst its stripes evoke the rear diffuser of the Porsche 919 Hybrid, and the 919 logo which appears in a red rectangle of the hours counter is identical to the numbers of the Porsche cars competing in the WEC.

Much like a high-speed racing car, the bodywork of the Superfast Porsche Motorsport 919 - limited victory edition houses an engine entirely developed, produced and assembled in the Chopard workshops: the Chopard Calibre 03.05-M. This remarkable precise mechanical self-winding chronograph movement, equipped with a flyback function, is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The calibre and its open worked oscillating weight are visible through a sapphire crystal engraved with the inscriptions “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport” and “Winner World Endurance Championship 2015”.

Embodying a blend of precision and performance, this timepiece exclusively available from Chopard boutiques comes with a black rubber strap inspired by slick-tread racing tyres, which notably enabled Porsche Motorsport to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015. This strap is secured by a polished stainless steel folding clasp.

Technical details
Model: Superfast Porsche Motorsport 919
Ref. 168535-6001 –17-piece limited edition
Chopard Boutiques exclusive

Case
Stainless steel (case middle and case-back) and 18-carat rose gold (bezel)
Total diameter: 45.00 mm
Thickness: 15.18 mm
Water-resistance: 100 metres
Screw-lock crown with steering wheel in black rubber-moulded stainless steel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Open case-back engraved with the inscription “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport” and “Winner World Endurance Championship 2015”
18-carat rose gold bezel with tachymetric scale, secured by eight PVD-blackened stainless steel screws

Movement
Mechanical self-winding chronograph Chopard 03.05-M
Total diameter: 28.80 mm
Number of jewels: 45 jewels
Power reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial
Opaline silver-toned dial with red inner bezel ring transfers
“919” logo in the 9 o’clock counter
Metallic black hours, minutes and hour-markers, enhanced with Superluminova
Arrow-tipped central red sweep-seconds hand
Red hands on the hours and minutes counters
Metallic black hand on the seconds counter

Functions
Central display of the hours, minutes and seconds
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock
Chronograph seconds hand with flyback function at 6 o’clock
Chronograph 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively
Tachymetric scale

Strap
Black rubber strap (with slick tyre tread)
Polished stainless steel folding clasp

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