In the world of watches races, with a partnership with one of the teams of Le Mans race – the owner of victorious cars Porsche, a new competitor, immediately after the models of TAG Heuer Nismo and Oris Audi Sport – there appeared a new watch Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition with the ambition to take first a place on the podium.
While TAG Heuer watches and the Oris (for Team Audi Sport and Nismo / Nissan) striking beauty, but are technically simple chronographs (with reasonable prices and with classic clockwork Sellita, analogs Valjoux 7750), it seems that the requirement of Porsche in terms of technical characteristics is quite radical, as Chopard watches come to a completely different level. The philosophy is: TAG Heuer and Oris create beautiful body and use timers Sellita while Chopard watches fully developed and created in the manufacture of the company, particularly timers – something that has a significant impact on the final price.
Model Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 is not a stranger, since last year, Chopard has already presented another edition of this watch is also in honor of the co-operation with Porsche Racing. This year, Superfast Chrono appear with a few visual enhancements and symbolizes the arrival of a new representative – racing legend Jacky Ickx. Watches Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition have a case with a diameter of 45 mm stainless steel (as well as the previous model Porsche 919 Edition), a strong and athletic shape, large screw-in bezel with engraved scale tachometer, rubber crown and buttons covered with strokes side parts and a large 60-minute scale at the inner rim. This is a full men’s watches.
The main innovation concerns colors used on the dial. Inner frame and two additional counter chronograph (at positions 3 and 9 o’clock) is now painted in a dark matt blue color, contrasting with the silver-white background. These colors refer to the helmet of Jacky Ickx (white and dark blue). The dial also shows the vertical patterns, inspired the creation of the rear divider Porsche 919. They have a date indicator in the position indicator and 4:30 seconds around 6 hours. All chronograph hands painted red for easy reading of data, and the time itself is displayed in 2 large arrows coated with fluorescent material.
The main advantage of Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition compared with 2 models of the other teams taking part in the race best Le-Mans watches, is, of course, the clock mechanism. While TAG Heuer watch and Oris are equipped with reliable, yet easy-caliber (which explains their lower prices), Chopard model was developed in the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches. Calibre Chopard 03.05-M – Built-in automatic clockwork driving the column wheel, certified COSC, with a power reserve of 60 hours and a built-in reverse.
The type and finish of the clock mechanism, which can be seen through the back of the case engraved with the inscription “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport” and “Jacky Ickx Limited Edition”, special in its own way, as all bridges are presented with carved vertical lines – another reference to race cars and air vents. Bridges chamfered and polished screw heads. Light and delicate curl a beautiful view of the technical components.
Watches Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition equipped with a rubber strap on folding clasp. This limited edition of 100 units, valued at 10,930 EUR. If we concentrate our best race Le-Mans on technical content, Porsche win both on the track and on the wrist. Calibre Chopard, of course, more exclusive and has the best features. However, this model also has to focus on something that does not match racing cars: on price. For this reason, we must recognize that Chopard play in a completely different category.