Chopard Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition
Lightness, efficiency, technicality, the new Chopard high-frequency watch epitomises pure performance and is a tribute from the Maison to its partner Porsche Motorsport’s success in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
“Official Timing Partner” of Porsche Motorsport LMP1 Team since the beginning of the 2014 season, Chopard will once again support the German team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017. Legendary teams and an equally fabled circuit are sure to make this event another milestone in the history of motor-racing. On June 17th and 18th, Porsche will be eyeing its 19th success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans after an extraordinary victory in 2016. Paying hommage to the 919 Hybrid, Chopard presents the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition, produced in a 100-piece limited series and embodying pure performance thanks to a new Chopard movement.
The technologies used by Chopard to create Superfast watches bear strong similarities to those featured on the Porsche 919. The car chassis is made of aluminium and carbon fibre composite to ensure maximum lightness and rigidity. The Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition is made of beadblasted titanium that is ultra-light, comfortable and resistant. The latter quality is reinforced by a black DLC treatment based on the technical possibilities afforded by carbon and rendering this timepiece virtually scratchproof.
The Porsche 919 is powered by a 2-litre, 400hp V4 turbo engine, coupled with a 500hp electric engine. Chopard calibre 01.11-M is also a hybrid. It is made of brass and steel, with a silicon oxide escapement at its heart. The turbochargers of the 919 are maintained at optimal rpm by an electric engine, thus enabling maximum acceleration thrust. In much the same way, Chopard calibre 01.11-M operates at the ultra-high 8Hz (57,500 alt/h) frequency.
In case of jarring or vibrations, which are of course extremely frequent during the World Endurance Championship, the precision of Chopard calibre 01.11-M is protected by this brisk cadence. The Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition flaunts a run time of around 60 hours, whereas its energy-consuming high frequency would normally have implied reduced autonomy.
Its broad 45 mm diameter makes it a distinctive chronometer, dedicated to racing buffs, aficionados and drivers. Its wide bezel is secured by eight black PVD-treated steel screws, giving it a first technical touch, an impression subsequently reinforced by the new model’s hands. The latter are cut-out, as well as being well contrasted and broad to enhance legibility. The contrast theme is also picked up on the minute circle graduated with Arabic numerals like a rev counter, as well as on the railway-track scale with its super-fine graduations, the hour-markers, the date and the power-reserve indicator, all of which appear in white against the black background of a matt dial.
The dial bears the four signatures that define the personality of the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition. The first is the Chopard logo, spelt out in straight, clean-cut baton-type letters. The second is the “Chronometer” inscription recalling that this watch is equipped with a movement chronometer-certified by the COSC. The third signature is the letter H with an arrow sign characterising Chopard high-frequency watches; while the fourth and last is the white-on-red number 919, a nod to the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
The sporting nature of the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition is visible in each and every detail. Its strap is made of smooth rubber like the huge slick tyres of the 919, featuring a uniform surface that enhances traction and performance. The finishing of calibre 01.11-M is inspired by car engines. Its bridges are openworked with thin parallel lines and its rotor is skeletonised. Its broad crown is protected by a dedicated rubber moulding and guard, thus ensuring improved security and a firmer grip.
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