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New Release: Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition for 24 Hours Of Le Mans 2016

by Jonathan Ho on June 21, 2016

For the seasoned watch journalist, there’s intellectual exhaustion when a watch brand offers a thematic watch offering with scant relation to the event they have sponsored. Deployant is proud to report that with Chopard’s Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition, the Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport has avoided exactly that pitfall.

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A few caveats, First: In terms of aesthetics, the Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition tilts toward the side of busy. While some voices are critical on the design decision taken by Chopard to label the chronograph subdials (adding to its busy appearance), ask Joe Average on the street what each dial on their chronograph displays and they’d be hard pressed to give you an answer. Labelling provides easy reference points.

I don’t know if many readers have seen the interior of a LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid but I can assure you that the dashboard has counters and readouts in a similar fashion which leads to my second point: as a Porsche Motorsport inspired timepiece, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition keeps with the technical design of motor-racing; properly labelled gauges, readouts and buttons.

Some find the dial of the Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition busy, I find it useful as a reference point for newcomers to the chronograph watch.

Some find the dial of the Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition busy, I find it useful as a reference point for newcomers to the chronograph watch.

Finally, there’s the engineering aspect – screws, nuts, bolts and air vents. The Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition for 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 is built to replicate that feel authentically and so while this “overly-designed” timepiece might not be every one’s cup of tea, it’s worth noting that not everyone will appreciate getting behind the wheels of a true race car either. Now onto the news.

During the 2015 endurance race, the three LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid vehicles driven by Nico Hülkenberg, Mark Webber and Romain Dumas achieved an impressive first, second and fifth finishing after clocking up 395 laps in 24 hours- it was an outstanding double victory for the team and thus for the 2016 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chopard presents the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition with the same avant-garde design seen in the triumphant vehicles.

Air vents found on any high performance sports car.

Air vents found on any high performance sports car.

Issued in a 100-piece titanium series, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition replicates the modern aesthetics of hybrid Porsche 919’s black, white and red detailing to compelling effect. But what grabs me isn’t what lies on the surface but rather the engine birthed by Chopard’s Fleurier Ebauches SA’s new “Minergie” eco-standard factory: the chronometer-certified COSC Chopard Calibre 03.05-M.

Well executed anglage and bevelling with alternating brushed graining and polished finishing, hallmarks of high horology join this thoroughly modern chronograph calibre with sporty cooling-vents which allow maximum enjoyment of the gears otherwise hidden beneath movement plates.

Well executed anglage and bevelling with alternating brushed graining and polished finishing, hallmarks of high horology join this thoroughly modern chronograph calibre with sporty cooling-vents which allow maximum enjoyment of the gears otherwise hidden beneath movement plates.

All the bridges  of the COSC certified Chopard Calibre 03.05-M are openworked, reminiscent cooling air vents found on sports cars. While not exactly “skeleton”, Chopard’s dedication to maximum visual dramatism allows the owner to go right into the heart of the machine beyond your typical sapphire case-back.

The "F" right below the balance wheel is a mark of Fleurier Ebauches SA and a sign of superlative quality from Chopard.

The “F” right below the balance wheel is a mark of Fleurier Ebauches SA and a sign of superlative quality from Chopard.

While the 45mm large 2016 Superfast model is assertive and bold like its 2014 predecessor, the new Black Edition enjoys the subtlety of bead-blasted black DLC titanium casing, taking a classical chronograph and turning it into a contemporary racing-inspired watch.

 

Exclusively available in Chopard boutiques, the limited Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition sports a lacquered titanium tachymetric scale bezel secured by eight PVD-coated blackened screws while the matt black rubber-moulded screw-lock crown with a steering wheel motif completes the feel of a high performance race-car. The two rubber coated pushers in red for chronograph start-stop (much like the engine start-stop of the 919) and the black for zero-reset add to the aggressive distinctiveness of the timepiece.

The limited Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition is priced at USD14,370 and is available only at Chopard boutiques.

 

 

 

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