Chopard once again supported the German team at their successful showing at 24 Hours of Le Mans for 2017. The elite Swiss brand is the “Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport LMP1 Team” and has been so since the beginning of the 2014 season. Over the weekend, Porsche took victory at Le Mans for a third successive year in the LMP1 category at the famous 24-hour race. It was their 19th win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans after an extraordinary final-lap victory in 2016. Building on its close ties with Porsche Motorsport, Chopard ushers in 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 high-frequency Calibre 01.11-M.
Porsche: Le Mans legend
The German team has become closely linked to the history of the “Circuit de la Sarthe”. Porsche’s first participation in the event dates back to 1951, and its first victory came in 1970. The winning Porsche 917 K did it again the following year, before Jacky Ickx and Porsche jointly put their names on the event’s roll of honour in 1976, 1977 and 1981 with a Porsche 936; and in 1982 (the last of Jacky Ickx’ six victories in Le Mans) at the wheel of a Porsche 956. The latter model achieved wins in 1983, 1984 and 1985, before passing the baton to the Porsche 962 C which won the 1986 and 1987 editions. The 1990’s saw Porsche score four more victories: with a Dauer-Porsche 962 Le Mans in 1994; Joest Porsche TWR WSC in 1996 and 1997; and finally, with a Porsche 911 GT1-98 in 1998. Such is the exceptional track record that Porsche enriched in 2015 and 2016 by winning Le Mans with Chopard’s support.
Porsche Motorsport and Chopard’s partnership is born of a joint aspiration for reliability and innovation, the exceptional mechanical pieces to emerge from the Porsche Motorsport and Chopard workshops have made their mark on their respective fields and remain benchmarks among devotees of motorsports and of watchmaking.
The destinies of Porsche and Chopard also converge with the legendary Jacky Ickx. An exceptional driver who has left an indelible imprint on several motorsport disciplines and a longstanding Chopard ambassador, Jacky Ickx – nicknamed “Monsieur Le Mans” – can lay claim to six victories on this legendary circuit, including four at the wheel of a Porsche.
Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition
The Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition comes on a 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 caliber 01.11-M is inspired by car engines. Its bridges are open-worked with thin parallel lines and its rotor is skeletonized. Its broad crown is protected by a dedicated rubber molding and guard, thereby ensuring improved security and a firmer grip. The watch is a Chopard boutique exclusive and retails for CHF 15,100